Slim Hamza and the Tunisian Davis Cup team didn’t get the start they had hoped for, dropping both singles matches on day one of the Davis Cup meet with Latvia in the BNP Paribas Zone Group II of the Africa/Europe Zone.
Andis Juska put Latvia up 1-0 with a straight set victory over Haytem Abid (Tunisia) 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-0.
Ute Slim Hamza (Tunisia) was unable to tie the rubber against former No. 21 ATP player in the world Ernesto Gulbis: 6-1, 6-2, 6-0
“I am not ashamed about today’s loss,” said Hamza. “Gulbis has a lot more experience at this level than I do, but today’s match showed me how good these guys in the top 100 in the world really are. It gave me a good idea on the things I need to work on to one day reach my goal of becoming a professional tennis player. I will get another opportunity to learn in the doubles match tomorrow and hopefully play another singles match on Sunday.”
Gulbis has been a fixture in the top 100 in the world since 2006, reaching as high as No. 21 in the world. He reached the quarterfinals at the French Open and the 4th round at the US Open. In 2010 he shocked the world with a 3-set victory over then No. 1 player in the world Roger Federer.
Tunisia is now forced to win all the remaining matches in order to advance in the Davis Cup. Saturday’s doubles match will feature Hamza, partnering with Haytem Abid, against Latvia’s Ernesto Gulbis and Andis Juska.