South African tennis star Lloyd Harris is hoping to translate his good form into this week's Davis Cup tie. I'm a World Group II tie, South Africa is set to take on Venezuela. Of all the players expected to play, Harris is absolutely the biggest name and South Africa is the big favorite to win the tie.
Harris stunned former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in Washington, before making his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. "I think the big thing for me is that I’ve been consistent this year and I’m trying to bring the same level of intensity into every match,” said Harris, who will turn out in his 10th Davis Cup tie for South Africa since 2016.
“During the Covid-19 lockdown I was able to work more on my physical strength and fitness, which has also helped the mental aspect of my game.
“So I’ve played some tough matches over the last couple of weeks but I’m feeling in great shape and I’m ready to go for more”.
Harris not taking Venezuela for granted
“I’ve done a bit of research and I’ve seen the guys in their team. They have a lot of veteran players and some younger players, and it’s a solid all-round team which has done well for them in recent years,” Harris said.
“The have no big-name players in terms of world rankings, but in the Davis Cup you’re playing for your country and there’s so much more at stake. There are different dynamics playing as part of a team, so it’s going to be a challenging and interesting tie, and I’m looking forward to it”.
After losing to Alexander Zverev in the US Open quarterfinal, Harris said: "Yeah, obviously not an easy one to swallow. I mean, was a little bit of a roller coaster match. I had my opportunities. Didn't exactly go my way," Harris said after the Zverev loss.
"Yeah, the level wasn't quite where it needed to be. A little disappointing in that regard. Nonetheless, still a lot of positives to take from the week. "But, yeah, not an ideal match today."