KUALA LUMPUR: Davis Cup captain Adam Jaya is confident Malaysia will be able to realistically win promotion to Group II of the Davis Cup Asia Oceania competition next season.
The national squad lost 2-0 to Kuwait in the Group III promotional playoff in Vietnam last week but the signs shown in Hanoi were positive overall.
Adam said the team - which featured Christian Didier Chin, Ahmed Deedat Abdul Razak, Syed Agil Syed Naguib and Ashaari Zainal - has the potential to do it.
The national team were relegated from Group II in 2016 and have been in Group III since then.
"Overall, it was a decent tournament for us (in Vietnam) and we had a few good wins," said Adam, who is also national coach.
"It was a pity we could not secure promotion to Group II, however, I believe with the team we have, and also our other players back home, it is something that can be achievable for us the next year.
"We have to work on being more competitive and consistent when competing against the big teams.
"I really hope I have another chance to do this (lead the team) and bring Malaysia back into Group II."
Malaysia finished the round robin stage of the tournament as Pool A runners-up after wins against Cambodia and Pacific Oceania and a loss to hosts Vietnam.
Christian, who will only turn 18 in August, notched impressive wins in the singles against Kenny Bun (Cambodia) and Colin Sinclair (Pacific Oceania). He also took Kuwait's highly experienced Abdullah Maqdes to three sets before going down and is expected to develop into a top class player in the future.