All set for Davis Cup tie between PHL and Indonesia
All is set for the country's hosting of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II tie against Indonesia this week at the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) indoor clay court in Paco, Manila.
The Philippines will be represented by US-based Filipinos Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, Francis Casey Alcantara and top local junior Albert "AJ" Lim Jr. in the tournament scheduled February 3-5.
Representing Indonesia are David Agung Susanto, Aditya Hari Sasongko, Sunu-Wahyu Trijati and Anthony Susanto, who is playing for the national squad for the first time.
International Tennis Federation supervisor/referee David Smith will conduct the draw on Feb. 2 at the PCA's PC Reyes Room.
Korean Michael Choi will serve as chief umpire during the three-day event with Indian Saibal Banerjee and Thai Natthapol Chaiyadej as chair umpires.
The 25-year-old David Agung Susanto is currently No. 739 in the world. He is a clay court specialist who owns four doubles titles and has played in four Davis Cup ties.
Except for Anthony Susanto, all three players were part of the team which scored a 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the Group II relegation play-off tie last year.
Anthony, who is the younger brother of David, is currently ranked No. 5 in Indonesia.
Andrian Raturandang, a member of the squad which won over the Philippines 3-2 in the Davis Cup Group I tie in 1997, is on his second year as team captain of Team Indonesia.
Veteran collegiate coach Karl Santamaria, on the other hand, is the captain of the Philippine squad.
Indonesia has beaten the Philippines six times in 10 meetings, the last being in 2012 (3-2) in their home turf.
The Philippines, on the other hand, last won over Indonesia in 1999 in Jakarta. (PNA) CVL/JEAN T. MALANUM/EDS
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