The World Group Playoffs took place today. At the event, Norway took a 2-0 lead over Uzbekistan.
Norway has not been able to participate in the World Group Playoffs since 1995. After 26 years Norway found a place in the tournament once again thanks to Casper Rudd’s effort.
Casper has entered the top 10 ATP rankings on Monday and this was his first match after entering the top 10.
The Norwegian was playing against Uzbekistan’s Khumoyun Sultanov. Sultanov did try his best to fend off Rudd’s blows but he ended up losing to him 3-6, 3-6.
Just 22-year-old Rudd is a Norway’s only hope for a championship title at the World Group Playoffs. Interestingly, Rudd’s father, Christian and current captain of the team Anders Haseth had played together for the Davis Cup.
Right after Norway registered a win, Viktor Durasovic handed a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Denis Istomin.
The event has been divided into World Group I and World Group II matches. The first group will have 12 matches out of which two of them have already taken place. In March, Japan faced off against Pakistan and Ukraine went up against Israel.
Japan dominated throughout the game and won the match 4-0. Ukraine and Israel had a neck to neck fight but ultimately, Israel lost to Ukraine 2-3.
The rest of the matches took place on Saturday between these countries – Bolivia, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Belarus and Brazil.
The qualifying match for the Davis Cup is to take place next year. Meanwhile, the countries have to fight to secure a place among the top eight to advance to the qualifying round. Four other countries will be competing in the World Groups I elimination round to occupy the two vacant spots to advance to the next level.
This weekend more matches are lined up. These matches are part of the World Group II. Countries are looking at the tournament as a chance to book a spot in the 2022 Davis Cup. The first match is to be played between South Africa and Venezuela.
The match is taking place at the Forest Hills Stadium, New York. For a long time the place used to host the US Open, until 1959.