Britain's hopes in the Davis Cup were dashed yet again on Sunday (5 May) when brothers John and David Lloyd were defeated in their singles matches played in Cairo.
Britain's hopes in the Davis Cup were dashed yet again on Sunday (5 May) when brothers John and David Lloyd were defeated in their singles matches played in Cairo. It was the fifth consecutive year that the British have been eliminated in their first-round tie.
Twenty-six-year-old David Lloyd went down to the Egyptian, Ali El Dawoody 1-6, 6-2, 6-8, 6-3, 6-4 in a fairly equally-matched game. However, Dawoody's game was more consistent and better-judged. Lloyd tended to try for wild shots, particularly on important points.
In the other singles match, Lloyd's 19-year-old brother John, lost to Ismail El Shafei, 6-1, 8-6, 6-1. The match was not as one-sided as the final score indicates and both players turned in some exciting tennis, although the Egyptian was undisputedly the better player.
John Lloyd was suffering from badly blistered hands, and at times, he appeared to have difficulty holding his racquet.
Sports writers said there was little or no surprise in the defeat. The two Lloyds had to shoulder both singles and doubles responsibilities, and all games were played in very high temperatures. The Lloyds were left with the burden when at least five top-seeded Britons declined invitations to represent their country in Cairo.
SYNOPSIS: Egyptian Ali El Dawoody serves to David Lloyd in what was to prove a disastrous first round tie for Britain in this year's Davis Cup. Britain went into the singles matches on Sunday down three-nil and didn't recover.
El Dawoody proved the more consistent of the two players and, after a slow start, went on to win, 1-6, 6-2, 6-8, 6-3, 6-4. Lloyd was unable to stand the pressure and at times took gambles on wild shots, which did not pay off. He also had some trouble with the sparse - but vocal - Cairo crowd.
Lloyd's younger brother, John, was matched against Ismail El Shafei, undisputedly a better player. The Final score was 6-1, 8-6, 6-1, but play wasn't as one-sided as that might suggest.
There were some exiting moments, but Lloyd's service did not match that of his opponent, who took one game simply serving aces. Lloyd was hampered, too, by blistered hands and, at times, seemed to have, trouble holding his racquet. Sports writers said the high Cairo temperatures did not help the British players. In addition, the Lloyd brothers had to shoulder both singles and doubles responsibilities, after at least top five top seeded players declined invitations to join the British squad.
Egypt won the tie five-nil. It was Britain's fifth first-round Davis Cup elimination in a row.