After losing in the first round of Europe/ Africa Group I earlier this year for the first time since 2006, Israel’s Davis Cup team knows it can’t afford another defeat when it hosts Slovenia this weekend at the Drive- In Arena in Tel Aviv.
Israel was thrashed 5-0 by Romania in March and another setback will send the blue-and-white to a playoff tie against relegation to Group II later this year. Israel has been part of Group I or the World Group since 2002 and will maintain its status in Group I for another year with a win over Slovenia.
Despite the absence of Yoni Erlich, who is set to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a meniscus tear earlier this week, Israel enters the weekend as a firm favorite. Not only will the blue-and-white be hosting a tie in Israel after more than three years, but it should also benefit from Slovenia’s under-strength roster.