Despite its late withdrawal from the 2015 edition of the Davis Cup tournament, Nigeria begins their journey to the 105th edition as they have been drawn against the highly-rated Madagascar, Morocco and 13 others in the Africa Zone Group III of the championship.
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mozambique, Namibia and Rwanda are others who will partake in the four-day tourney.
The participating countries will be split into four groups of four, while the matches will be played in round robin format, with the winners of each group engaging in play-off against each other.
According to the ITF (International Tennis Federation), the 2016 edition of the Group III of the Africa zone will hold on the clay courts of the Antanarivo University in Madagascar on July 13 to 16 with 16 teams aiming for promotion to the Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2017.
If Nigeria posts a great performance and defeats all-comers, she will move up to Group II, from where Madagascar and Morocco were relegated.
Nigeria’s maiden appearance in the Davis Cup was in 1974, while the best putting for Nigeria was in 1988 and 1989 when it reached the semifinals stage in Group I.