Cardiff-based Chris Lewis is heading to South Africa as part of the Great Britain over-35 team in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Young Seniors World Team Championships.
Lewis is head performance coach at Cardiff Metropolitan University in association with XL Tennis.
As a first-year veteran, eligible because he turns 35 this year, he brings some ‘young blood’ into the team, which finished third last year.
“It was a bit of a surprise to get the call,” he admitted. “Although I’ve played for Wales many times, this will be my Great Britain debut.
“I was a bit concerned at the time because I was suffering from a neck injury, but that has cleared up, and I’m very optimistic about it.
“We’ll be playing on hard courts, rather than clay, so that should suit us, and we will almost certainly be seeded in the top four teams. But there are a lot of uncertainties because you don’t know who you’ll be facing.”
The tournament in Cape Town runs from Sunday 19 March to Friday 24 March and involves 86 four-man teams from 26 countries.
“Being selected for Great Britain is a huge honour for any player, and Chris deserves this call-up after some excellent performances in various competitions,” said Tennis Wales chief executive, Peter Drew.