Tennis: Australia’s perfect start to Davis Cup qualifiers

An illness in Thanasi Kokkinakis opened the doors for Jason Kubler to make his Davis Cup debut for Australia and he didn’t disappoint.

Called up to face Belgium in Hamburg, Kubler and then Alex de Minaur gave the Australians an unassailable 2-0 lead with single wins before Matt Ebden and Max Purcell rounded off a perfect opening day with a doubles victory to secure the ‘impeccability. Free kick 3-0.

It puts the team of captain Lleyton Hewitt, who are still paying without Nick Kyrgios, in pole position to finish in the top two of their four-team group, which includes France and Germany, and take a place in the top eight. the last in Spain at the end of November. .

Kubler, 29, beat Zizou Bergs in two sets, while De Minaur beat former world number 7 David Goffin in two sets.

“It’s great,” Kubler said

“To conclude my debut (with a win) after collapsing to third place, I am very happy. It’s a special way to start my Davis Cup career.

“We had a team meeting to decide who would play. Luckily we have the options and we have faith in the five players.

“When I found out, it was one of the things to see that the team had a lot of faith in me. It made me feel special.

Former junior world number 1, Kubler’s career was marked by knee injuries, but this year he gave his best, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon.

De Minaur said he was inspired by Kubler’s performance to “get the job done”.

“He came out on his debut and pulled a rabbit out of his hat,” said De Minaur.

He played with passion, he played with pride, he did everything Davis Cup is and he managed to win.

“This is what the team expects of me, so I’m happy to have been able to deliver today.”

Kokkinakis will be evaluated before a decision is made whether he can play against France and / or Germany in the next four days.

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