Marcin Matkowski Excited For Poland's World Group Debut
Marcin Matkowski. Photo: Adam Nurkiewicz

Marcin Matkowski Excited For Poland's World Group Debut

One of the veterans on the Polish Davis Cup team expresses his excitement for Poland's long awaited debut in the highest level of Davis Cup competition.

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Poland has been waiting a long time to make their Davis Cup World Group debut, and no one is more excited than veteran Marcin Matkowski. The doubles star has been playing for Poland’s Davis Cup team for years is excited that not only he finally gets to play in the highest level of international team tennis, but that he gets to share it with his home fans.

A Long-Awaited Debut

Matkowski explained the road the Poles have taken to reach the World Group, saying “it took us along time to get here.I started playing regularly in Davis Cup from 2003 but from 2007 it became our goal to get in [to the World Group]. It took us eight long years – but it feels great to finally be there.

Matkowski (right) with the other half of the "Polish Power," former partner Mariusz Fyrstenberg. Photo: Davis Cup
Matkowski (right) with the other half of the "Polish Power," former partner Mariusz Fyrstenberg. Photo: Davis Cup


Now that Poland is in the world group, Matkowski and the Polish squad are not satisfied with simply reaching the top group. “Now the goal is to win a match. Hopefully it can happen next week.”

A National Experience

For this Polish team, one of the highlights is getting to play in front of the home fans in Gdansk. “It’s a great tie for us. It’s the first time we’re in the World Group and we’re very excited, especially that we got the coin toss to pay at home.

Poland's Davis Cup team celebrates its promotion to the 2016 World Group. Photo: Davis Cup
Poland's Davis Cup team celebrates its promotion to the 2016 World Group. Photo: Davis Cup

With this historic match for us, hopefully the supporters will turn out and be at the stadium. We are playing in a great arena in Gdansk. It’s very new, modern, and it’s in an area where there used to be the Sopot tennis tournament so there’s lots of tennis fans already there. We’re hoping they will be there to help us beat Argentina.

Eyeing the Upset

Despite home court advantage, the Poles are underdogs against an experienced Argentinian squad. But Matkowski is not worried. “Argentina is the favourite. Especially that our No. 2 Michal Przysiezny is injured and won’t be in the team. But we have Jerzy Janowicz – he can win two ties – and me and Lukasz [Kubot] can win the doubles.

Polish number one Jerzy Janowicz, who Matkowski says will be heavily needed for the upset. Photo: Davis Cup
Polish number one Jerzy Janowicz, who Matkowski says will be heavily needed for the upset. Photo: Davis Cup

The fact that the Poles get to play at home, on a fast indoor surface, also gives Matkowski confidence, saying “We’re playing at home on a fast hard court surface, which obviously suits us and maybe not Argentina. They have good results on a hard court too, but they are a much better team on clay, especially at home, so I think these two things help us and hopefully we can pull off an upset.”

Poland will host Argentina in their first round tie on March 4th to 6th.

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