When in February of 2012, Poland played against Madagascar in the first round of last year’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II tournament, few expected that in some 18 months, Poland would be one step away from the prestigious World Group. But after a series of five straight wins and promotion to Group I, only the Australian national team stood on the path to the elite tennis club.
Łukasz Kubot lost his two games against Australia's tennis players
With arguably the best group of tennis players it has had in years, Poland stood a big chance against a former powerhouse, Australia, which has won the Davis Cup a staggering 28 times. The Australian team’s biggest star, Lleyton Hewitt, who at the age of 20, was the youngest male ever to be ranked number one in the world, has now dropped out of the top 50 in the ATP rankings. Meanwhile Poland had two players who played in this year’s Wimbledon quarterfinal (Łukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz) and a reliable Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski doubles team.
However, Poland was dealt a serious blow before the series even started with Mr Janowicz (currently ranked 14th) withdrawing due to a back injury. He was replaced by Michał Przysiężny. Poland lost the first two games. Mr Kubot lost to Mr Hewitt and Mr Przysiężny was defeated by Bernard Tomic. Both games ended in three straight sets.
Poland kept its hopes alive, after the doubles game, in which the Fyrstenberg/Matkowski team defeated Nick Kyrgios/Chris Guccione (5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 6-4). But in order to advance further, Poland had to win the remaining two games.
But all hope disappeared when Mr Tomic defeated Mr Kubot in three straight sets. The last game of the series, ended in the first set after Mr Przysiężny retired with an injury while he was losing 1-4.
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