The side lost its key player Brett Baudinet due to an injury he sustained on Tuesday. He is now out of the singles and doubles competition.
Cook Islands team manager Davina Hosking-Ashford said due to Baudinet’s injury, the team is unable to complete the Nations Cup.
“In true sportsmanship spirit Jason Pierre will compete as a one man team and play all his number two singles matches to the end of the week. Legend Jason!” Hosking-Ashford said.
Pierre played with every ounce of energy and patience in his body for three hours against American Samoa’s Jummah Luceno on Wednesday but lost 6-7, 6-2, 4-6.
In the women’s competition, number two singles Ruby Pierre played well against Kaoa Fakaofo of Kiribati but unfortunately went down in straight sets 3-6, 3-6.
Cook Islands number one singles player Tamara Anderson made it look easy, smashing her opponent Rotiuta Karaiti of Kiribati 6-0, 6-0.
In the doubles competition, Anderson and Hosking-Ashford were victorious 6-4, 6-2. Team Cook Islands took the win 2-1 against Kiribati.
Yesterday, the team played Vanuatu.
Meanwhile for the second consecutive year, Fiji is hosting the Pacific Nations Cup, funded by the International Tennis Federation, as part of their commitment to provide high level team competition to Class C nations in a Davis/Fed Cup Format.
Sixty-two players are competing from 13 Pacific countries – American Samoa, Cook Islands. Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Norfolk Island, Northern Marianas Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
There are 14 men’s teams divided into four pools. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarter finals. The remaining teams will play off for the 9th-14th positions
In the women’s competition, there are nine teams in two pools with the top two teams in each pool advancing through to the semi-finals and the remaining five teams playing off for 5th to 9th positions.