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May 29, 2022

Davis Cup: Romania vs. Ukraine – one game, two egos

President of the Romanian Tennis Federation Ruxandra Dragomir told a press conference yesterday that Romania has the first chance in its Davis Cup game against Ukraine. “We are very happy we can organise this game in Bucharest. I am very sorry Victor Crivoi injured himself. Adrian Ungur is playing for the first time in the Davis Cup team,” Dragomir said. “I am very confident. We have the first chance to win. We shouldn’t forget we play in Romania, the players are used to playing here.” Adrian Ungur, who will replace Victor Crivoi in Romania’s team, said: “It’s a true honour for me to be here. I am proud I can represent my country. I thank Andrei Pavel for this cap. Victor Crivoi might have played if it weren’t for his injury. But now I hope to successfully replace him.” The Romanian team will thus consist of: Victor Hanescu and Adrian Ungur (singles games), Horia Tecau and Marius Copil. Andrei Pavel is the team’s skipper, while Gabriel Trifu is its head coach. The Ukrainian Davis Cup team took part in a press conference at the BNR Arenas yesterday. Ukraine and Romania will play on May 7-9, with their game counting for the last round of the Europe-Africa zone. Sergiy Stakhovsky is Ukraine’s top player, with Illya Marchenko being the second singles player. Ivan Sergeyev, Sergei Bubka and Artem Smirnov are also part of the team. Orest Tereshchuk is the team’s skipper and head coach. Tereshchuk stated: “We are confident we will play well. The hosts have a big advantage. They play on clay courts, while my players have better results on fast courts.” He added that both teams want to win. The order of the games will be decided on May 6 at noon. The draws will be followed by two press conferences. The opening ceremony is scheduled on Friday, May 7, at 11.45 AM within the BNR Arenas.

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