‘No egos’ in SA’s Davis Cup team

2014-01-29 00:00

CENTURION — Raven Klaasen, who reached the doubles finals of the Australian Open with his U.S. team-mate, is already focused on the weekend’s Davis Cup in Group II of the Euro-Afrika region against Monaco at the Irene club.

Klaasen said he started the year with the aim of moving into the top-30 rankings. Now that he has reached that goal in the first month he will sit with his coach re-evaluate. He said the big bonus was that he and Eric Butorac, his doubles team-mate, were now almost assured of being entered in all the tournaments.

For the Davis Cup match against Monaco, John-Laffnie de Jager, SA’s coach, said he was not sure yet who would be his second singles player.

His two candidates are Ruan Roelofse and a jet-lagged Nikala Scholtz.

De Jager said he was very satisfied with the players on the SA team. “They are all players with a passion to play for their country and there are no egos.”

This will be De Jager’s last match, as his contract came to an end after eight years as SA coach, but he said he is willing to continue coaching if Tennis South Africa (TSA) still wants him.

Christophe Boggetti, Monaco’s coach, said he was very relieved to see Kevin Anderson was not part of the SA team.

The Monaco teams said they are still struggling to get used to the thin air.

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