CHARLOTTESVILLE -- A pair of former Virginia tennis players were instrumental in their nations overcoming 2-0 deficits to post 3-2 wins in Davis Cup play last weekend. Somdev Devvarman helped India to a 3-2 win over Brazil and Treat Huey clinched the Philippines' 3-2 win at South Korea.
India trailed Brazil 2-0 in Chennai in a playoff to remain in the World Group next season. After Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won in doubles on Staurday, India needed to win both singles matches on Sunday. In the first match, Devvarman defeated Thomas Bellucci, the No. 27 ranked player in the world, 7-6(3), 4-0 ret. That set up a decisive fifth rubber, which Rohan Bopanna topped Ricardo Mello in straight sets to clinch the win for India.
The Philippines were down 2-0 at South Korea in a playoff to remain in Asia/Oceania Group 1. Huey and Cecil Mamiit won in straight sets in doubles on Saturday to keep the Philippines alive. After Mamiit won Sunday's first singles match to even the score at 2-2, Huey won the decisive rubber, topping Suk-Young Jeong, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to secure win for the Philippines.
Devvarman and Huey, along with former Cavaliers Teddy Angelinos and Dominic Inglot are all in action this weekend at the challenger event in Izmir, Turkey.