CLINTON, S.C. – Former Presbyterian College men’s tennis player William O’Connell will head to Dubai, United Arab Emirates next week to compete in the 2013 Davis Cup presented by BNP Paribas. O’Connell will play for Team Fiji as part of Pacific Oceania in pool play matches on Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, September 13.

“I am very proud that William has been selected to compete in the Davis Cup,” said head coach Adam Herendeen. “William has put so much extra work into his tennis during his time here and it is quite an honor for him and our program to see his hard work rewarded. It has always been our goal to help our players take their game to the next level and to see them compete and represent PC around the world. I could not be happier to see William achieve this goal!”

O’Connell’s team will play in a zone with Cambodia, Hong Kong-China, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, UAE and Vietnam. The countries will be drawn into two pools of four on Tuesday, September 10, with the top two teams in each pool playing in a new “promotion” round robin pool on Saturday and Sunday. The two highest placed nations in this pool will be promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in 2014 while the bottom two teams in each pool will play a relegation round to avoid demotion to Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV in 2014.

Teams include four players and one captain and all matches will be played at the Dubai Aviation Club.

This season, O'Connell will help Herendeen as a student assistant while finishing his economics degree at PC.