OXFORD, Miss. – With the Ole Miss men’s tennis team off this week, junior Nik Scholtz is once again representing his country in Davis Cup, but this time he gets to do it in his home country of South Africa.
South Africa faces Monaco this weekend in the Euro-Africa Group Two Davis Cup tie, which is taking place at Irene Country Club outside of Pretoria, South Africa. The draw was held Thursday, and Scholtz will be facing Monaco’s Benjamin Balleret in the second singles match Friday. Balleret is currently ranked No. 276 in the world ATP Rankings. On Sunday in the reverse singles, Scholtz will close out the tie against Romain Arnedodo.
A two-time All-American in singles and doubles, Scholtz is making his third appearance for South Africa in Davis Cup. Scholtz made his debut in 2012 facing then world No. 15 ranked Milos Raonic of Canada. He represented his country again this past fall against Slovenia.
“I am very excited to be playing for South Africa again,” said Scholtz. “I am truly honored to play for my country. I feel confident about my game, as I have played 10 matches in the last two weeks (for Ole Miss), and I am ready to give it my best.”
Scholtz, ranked No. 15 in college tennis, has won four of five singles matches played this spring, including both matches at last weekend’s ITA Kick-Off.
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. This marks the first weekend of competition for 2014.
Follow all the action on the Davis Cup website, on Twitter, @DavisCup and @TennisSA, and on Facebook at DavisCupTennis and TennisSA. Fans can also watch Scholtz play this weekend, as the matches will be streamed live at www.streamit360.tv. The first match begins at 2 a.m. CT., with Scholtz to follow.
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