Jordan's Davis Cup tennis team will be hosting a qualification round robin tournament in Amman, April 24-30.
In preparation for this meaningful event, the Jordan Tennis Federation has arranged a series of friendly matches against Iraq's national team, which arrived in Jordan on Sunday. These two teams last met in an official competition in Bangladesh in February 1998. During that Davis Cup encounter, the Iraqi team swept aside their Jordanian counterparts three matches to zero.
The current sequence of friendly matches should provide valuable experience for Jordan's young team, which is unquestionably lacking in Davis Cup match experience. Veteran players Laith and Fares Azouni, Omar Abedi and Khaled Nafa'a all notified the JTF that they would be unavailable to compete in April's round robin qualification tournament. Abedi and Nafa'a are presently studying in the United States, while the Azouni brothers are staying away due to personal reasons.
The five local players selected for the upcoming competition are Ahmed Hadeed, Tareq Tallal, Abdullah Fada, Amar Ma'ytah and Abdullah Mousa. Of the five, Hadeed is the only player with previous international experience.
The Jordanian squad will be competing against teams from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Brunei and Fiji. Ahmed Orabi, coach of the Jordanian team, expects the Saudi and Bahraini teams to qualify due to their expensive Davis Cup experience.
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