Ireland Draw Denmark In 2018 Davis Cup
After earning promotion back to Group II, Ireland will face Scandinavians in the first round
By Stephen Higgins | 2 November 2017
The Irish Davis Cup team has been drawn against Denmark in the first round of the 2018 Davis Cup. The Group II tie will take place in the Scandinavian nation from February 3-4.
The ITF draw was made in London on October 31 after Romania lost to Israel in the Group I relegation play-off.
Ireland return to Group II (Europe/Africa) after it finished top of its group in the lower tier back in April.
The Irish finished ahead of Montenegro, Andorra and Kosovo in Group III (Europe/Africa) Pool D thanks to eight victories and one defeat. James McGee, Sam Barry, David O’Hare and Pete Bothwell were the members of Conor Niland’s successful squad.
Denmark missed out on promotion to Group I after a 1-3 loss to South Africa in last September’s play-off. The country is currently ranked 76 in the Davis Cup, 33 places higher than Ireland, and were Davis Cup quarterfinalists back in 1988.
Frederic Nielsen is Denmark’s highest-ranked singles player at 601 in the world. The 34-year-old has played 39 Davis Cup ties and commands a combined win-loss record of 54-37. Sam Barry is Ireland’s top singles player at 351 in the world, with James McGee slightly lower on 369.
Other Group II ties drawn include Slovenia v Poland, Zimbabwe v Turkey and Morocco v Georgia. If Conor Niland’s squad are victorious against Denmark, they will face the victor of the Egypt v Norway tie.