The Bulgarian national tennis team moved up one level in the Davis Cup and entered World Group I. This became possible after success over New Zealand in the playoff with a 3:1 success.
The team falls into the second tier and is among the top 40 teams in the world. The ranking is historic after 35 years.
The victory became possible after Dimitar Kuzmanov won 6:3, 5:7, 6:4 over Ajit Rai. A day earlier, Kuzmanov defeated Kirinpal Panu 5:7, 6:3, 6:2, while fellow singles participant Alexander Lazarov beat Rai 7:6(1), 6:2.
In the doubles match, Pyotr Nesterov and Alexander Donsky lost to Michael Venus and Artyom Sitak after an hour and 45 minutes of play – 4:6, 6:3 and 3:6.
For Bulgaria, reaching World Group I is the first time since 1988. This year’s World Group I matches will be played in the period September 14-17. A total of 24 teams will participate, which will form 12 pairs after a draw. The winners of these will be entitled to participate in the Davis Cup Finals in 2024.