Peru’s Tennis Team Prepares to Face Spain in 2008 Davis Cup

(LIP-ir) — The first round of the 2008 Davis Cup, the largest annual international team competition in sport, is to begin on February 8 in countries across the world.

After being promoted to the Davis Cup World Group for the first time in its 74-year history, Peru will also take part in this 97th edition of the Davis Cup, an event that has been labeled the most important tournament between national teams in men’s tennis.

In the first round of play, to be held at the Jockey Club in Lima, team captain Jaime Yzaga and his squad will go up against two-time champion Spain.

Spain, which won the Davis Cup in 2000 and 2004 and finished as runner-up three other years, is one of the most powerful teams in the tennis world.

Just a couple of weeks from the beginning of the tournament, Yzaga is energizing his team to go up against the Spanish squad.

He has asked Peru’s people to support the national team and not praise Spanish player Rafael Nadal, No. 2 in the world and three-time Grand Slam champion.

"I’m optimistic, just like the rest of the team; we are the home team and so are the people that will go and watch the matches, they play an important role", said Yzaga. "What I want to say is that many people are going to see Nadal but not many believe the team can win. We’d like to hear people say that Peru can win."

Tournament organizers have reported that tickets to watch the matches have been completely sold out. Edmundo Jaramillo, head of the Peruvian Tennis Federation, said tickets were sold out less than two weeks after they were put on sale.