(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman's campaign in the forthcoming Davis Cup Asia/ Oceania Zone Group III event has received a shot in the arm with the sultanate's most experienced player Khalid al Nabhani confirming his participation for the Dubai tournament.
The competition, which will begin on September 9, was initially slated to be held in Myanmar in April-May, but was postponed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) due to the political turmoil in the South Asian nation then.
Khalid, who is pursuing higher studies in Glasgow, Scotland, wasn't named in the national team for the April 29-May 5 meet, but has made himself available this time round.
Khalid apart, the team comprises non-playing captain Siddiq al Hashmi, Mohammed al Nabhani, Saleh al Zadjali and Fahd al Hashmi.
Oman will be up against Cambodia, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, UAE, Vietnam and Pacific Oceania.
The matches will be played at the Aviation Tennis Club.
Khalid is confident of a good show but is wary at the same time, pointing out that in recent years, every subsequent edition of a Davis Cup round has got tougher than before.
''We are looking forward to the challenge. But it is not going to be easy for us at all,'' Khalid told Muscat Daily on Monday.
''Whichever way Oman is pooled in the tournament, we will be up against extremely tough opponents - the pressure on us will be uniform.''
As part of his preparations, Khalid said that he is working overtime on his fitness.
''I have reduced my weight considerably as the tournament approaches. This is one thing I am focussing on most, given the high level
of fitness required. I am confident I will be fitter and better prepared.''
Khalid, who plays for Glasgow-based Western Lawn Tennis Club, will join the team in Dubai directly from the Scottish capital.
The rest of the team is currently training in Muscat.
Salman al Balushi, the Oman Tennis Association's (OTA) executive manager, is hopeful of a positive outcome.
''The tournament is finally taking place, which is great. Our players are hopefully going to make their presence felt,'' he said.
The eight teams will be pooled into two groups of four sides each.
The top two teams from each group will progress to a promotion pool from where the top two will advance to the Group II event in 2014.
Similarly, the bottom two teams from each group in Group III will enter the relegation pool from where the last two will get demoted to the Group IV event for 20