Hady Habib beat Palaphoom Kovapitukted to secure a win for Lebanon over Thailand. Nation Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit
Hady Habib beat Palaphoom Kovapitukted to secure a win for Lebanon over Thailand. Nation Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

Thai captain quits after failure to clinch Davis Cup promotion

sports September 16, 2018 21:23

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Hosts Thailand again failed to win promotion to Group I after they lost to Lebanon 3-2 in the Davis Cup Zone Asia/Oceania Qualifying Group II final at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand on Sunday.



Despite drawing level at 2-2 after losing two singles rubbers on Saturday, Thailand paid the price for fielding the inexperienced Palaphoom Kovapitukted as their second singles player. The 18-year-old lost the decisive rubber to the 643rd ranked Hady Habib 6-3 6-3.

Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana 

Earlier twins and doubles partners Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana narrowed the gap for the Kingdom after they beat Jad Ballout and Giovani Samaha 6-0 6-3, before Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul beat Benjamin Hassan 6-4 4-6 6-4 to force the decider.

 

Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul

 

Lebanon reserved a spot in Group I next year while Thailand remain in Group II after losing at this stage for three successive years. Thailand captain Weerapat Doakmaiklee took responsibility for the defeat and promptly resigned.