Your guide to the 2019 Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group III
What’s up sports fans? You’ve experienced the visceral adrenaline rush of the HSBC Rugby Sevens and witnessed the heartbreak of the Singapore Slingers tripping on the last hurdle of the ASEAN Basketball League.
Your voices might still be hoarse from all the shouting and cheering but the sports calendar only gets hotter as 2019 hits the halfway mark with tennis action from the 2019 Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group III. Team Singapore will take on teams from around Asia for a chance at promotion to Group II at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 from 26 to 29 June.
This is a non-ticketed event so bring the whole family for an awesome weekend of tennis action!
Team Singapore’s Davis Cup team consists of players Jensen Hiu, Roy Hobbs, Shaheed Alam and Steve Ng. They will be captained by Davis Cup stalwart Daniel Heryanta Dewandaka. The Singaporean quartet gained promotion last year in UAE and aim to be promoted to Group II in this year’s competition. The fab four boast a mixture of youth and experience in its ranks with captain Jensen Hiu leading the charge after coming back from a 13-year retirement in 2017.
Hoping to foil them will be teams from Iran, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria and Vietnam.
Date: 26 to 29 June 2019
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Arena Hall 1 – 3
Tennis Spectator Etiquette
Whether you are a veteran tennis fan or someone who just picked up the game, it’s easy to lose yourself in the emotion of the moment when cheering for your heroes. From Roland Garros to Wimbledon, to the OCBC Arena, the players love it when their fans and supporters let their voices be heard but there are a few rules to be followed as a sign of respect to the players, officials and your fellow tennis fans.
Here is a quick refresher on tennis spectator etiquette from our friends at the Singapore Tennis Association
1. Keep quiet while the ball is in play
Tennis is a game of extreme concentration, and the players appreciate silence while the ball is in play. You don’t have to stay completely silent, but if you have a comment or question for the person next to you, use your inside voice (even though you’re obviously outside). However, at the end of the point, feel free to get as rowdy as you want. Tennis players are like any other athlete in that they thrive on their supporter’s cheers and encouragement.
2. Stay seated until a change of ends
It’s distracting to fans and players if people are shuffling out of their seats and traipsing up and down the steps in the middle of all the action. You don’t want to be that guy. So you should wait until a change of ends to visit the restroom or concession stand. Same goes for returning to your seat.
Players change ends (sides of the court, if you were wondering) frequently during a match: at the end of the first, third and every subsequent odd game of each set; at the end of each set (unless the score of the games is even, in which case they’ll change sides at the end of the first game of the following set). During a tie-break, players change ends after every six points.
If it’s an emergency, at least try to wait until the end of a point to leave your seat. And try to hustle. (FYI: a soft drink craving does not constitute an emergency.)
3. Switch your phone to silent/vibration mode
Few things are more unnerving than the sound of a ringtone cutting through complete silence, so make sure your ringer is off before you head to your seat.
4. Turn off your camera’s flash
Photos are allowed an encouraged but make sure you turn off the flash on your phone or camera, as the flashing lights could distract the players.
5. Keep comments about the players and officials to yourself
You’re certainly not expected to like every player or agree with every call the officials make, but heckling, jeering and loud complaints are frowned upon and could even get you ejected from the match. It’s also frowned upon to make fun of players’ tennis grunts. (Seriously. It’s a thing.)