BATON ROUGE, La. – Boris Arias, James Cluskey and Michael Venus will compete for their home countries in the first weekend of the Davis Cup International competition beginning Thursday, Jan. 30.
Arias will compete for Bolivia, Cluskey will compete for Ireland and Venus will compete for New Zealand.
“When I first started playing tennis at six years old, one of my biggest dreams was to represent my country in Davis cup,” Cluskey said. “To be asked to represent your country in something is amazing, and every time I hear the national anthem before the match it gives me goose bumps.”
The Davis Cup is one of the world’s largest annual international team competitions. Countries are divided into four groups and will compete during four designated weekends throughout the year. The first weekend of competition for 2014 is Jan. 30 – Feb. 2.
“I love to bring the LSU logo around the world and I wear it everywhere,” Cluskey said. “I feel like I bring some of the lessons learned and positive experiences from LSU to the Irish Davis Cup team as well.”
Cluskey and his teammates from Ireland will travel to Minsk, Belarus to compete at the Republic Olympic Tennis Centre beginning Thursday, Jan. 30.
Arias first represented Bolivia in the 2011 Davis Cup. In the competition, Arias is undefeated in doubles going 4-0. In 2013, Arias and partner Carlos Tarboga defeated Roberto Cruz Ramos and Randy Blanco of Cuba 6-3, 6-4 on June 21.
Venus began competing in the Davis Cup in 2010 for New Zealand. In 2013, Venus went 2-0 in singles competition and holds a 5-9 overall record in competition. In mid-January, Venus advanced to the double’s round of 16 at the Australian Open, and was the first Tiger to reach the third round of a grand slam since 2012.
Venus cracked into the ATP World Tour’s Top 100 doubles rankings this week, landing at No. 96. With the addition of Venus, there are currently three former Tigers listed in the top 100 of the ATP doubles rankings. Ken and Neal Skupski are listed at No. 67 and No. 76, respectively.
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