After opening their 2019 Davis Cup bid with a win against Mongolia, Day 2 wasn’t as kind for the Guam Men’s National Tennis Team.
On Thursday night, in Amman Jordan, Team Guam was swept in their Group IV Asia/Oceania Davis Cup by Rakuten match by Turkmenistan, 3-0.
"The Davis Cup is the World Cup of tennis," said Torgun Smith, Team Guam captain. "So, we're playing against some pretty good competition, even at our level."
The tournament’s top two teams will earn a promotion to Asia/Oceania Group III. The other 12 teams will remain in the cellar.
In the first singles match, Guam’s Camden Camacho lost handily to Arslan Orashev, 6-2, 6-1. Chris Cajigan, playing in the No. 2 singles position, fell to Isa Mammetgulyev, 6-0, 6-0.
In the third rubber, which became moot after losing both singles matches, Guam lost its doubles match in straight sets, 7-6, 6-0. After dropping the first set in a heartbreaking tiebreak, Camacho and Joshua Cepeda were blitzed in the second set.
Team Guam, in their Pool C match, was scheduled to play Jordan Friday night.
Jordan, the No. 103 world-ranked team, is the top seed in Pool C. In 2018, they competed in Group III but finished in the bottom two and were demoted to Group IV.
With three Team Guam athletes making their Davis Cup debut in Jordan, and the team competing in the event for only the second time, Smith feels that the competition has been an eye-opening experience.
"It's good experience for our younger players to get a chance to play against this level and know what level they are, so they know where they have to get to " Smith said. "This is only our second year, so we're new at this."