After placing second in a recent Asia/Oceania Zone III Davis Cup competition in Sri Lanka, which took place between February 7-13, the Kuwaiti national tennis team returned home to a warm reception from their fans. The victorious players were greeted at the airport by excited fans, who clapped and delivered flowers to their national heroes.
The national team placed second in the round-robin/knock-out competition, which guaranteed their promotion to Group II in 2001 (the top two teams were promoted, while the bottom two were relegated to Group IV). The Kuwaiti group competed against teams from Bangladesh, Qatar, Pacific Oceania, Sri Lanka, Syria, Singapore and Tajikistan. Syria finished the competition on top, and will join Kuwait in next year's Group II.
The Kuwaiti delegation to Sri Lanka included the president of the Kuwaiti Tennis Association, Abdul-Redha Al-Ghareeb, coaches Mr. Arnaseto and Mamdouh Marzouq, and the following four players: Mohammed Al-Ghareeb, Adel Al-Shatti, Mohammed-Rashid Al-Foudari and Hammed Al-Sloulaiteen. During the round-robin event, Kuwait defeated Bangladesh, Pacific Oceania and Sri Lanka while falling to the Qatari and Syrian teams.
Kuwait is the first Gulf State ever to reach Group II in the Asia/Oceania Zone. Syria and Morocco had been the only two other Arab nations to accede to this stage in Davis Cup competition. In recognition of its landmark achievement, the Kuwaiti team will receive a $30,000 award from the International Tennis Federation.
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