Tennis Talk: British Team Gearing up for Davis Cup Tie

The Aegon GB Mens Davis Cup team are gearing up for their BNP Paribas World Group tie against the USA which starts tomorrow until Sunday 2nd February. The USA team will host their British opponents at Petco Park in San Diego, California home of baseball’s San Diego Padres.

ImageThe victorious Aegon GB team after their Croatia victory in September (source:www.lta.org.uk)

Captained by Leon Smith, the team of British Number Andy Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Colin Fleming, joined by Dominic Inglot as the reserve player, will play in the World Group for the first time since 2008. The team, who gained promotion to the world’s elite group following their 4-1 victory over Croatia last September, will be competing outdoors on clay in San Diego. The winning team of this weekends tie will face whoever wins the Italy versus Argentina fixture scheduled for April.

ImageTeam Captain Smith with Murray during the Croatia Tie (source: http://www.lta.org.uk)

Commenting about the team selection on the LTA website, Smith said: “We’re relishing the opportunity to compete in the World Group once again, and I’m delighted that Andy is able to play in the tie. This will be a huge step up for us against what will be a very strong US team. I’ve had to take into account a number of factors with regards to team selection, including the surface we’ll play on, and we’ll now spend the next week making sure the team are prepared in the best possible way to give us our best chance of getting the win.”

IMG_3277Venue for the fixture is Petco Park in San Diego, California (source: http://www.lta.org.uk)

This tie will be a rematch of the first-ever Davis Cup tie, which took place at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston back in 1900. Head-to-head the Americans lead 11-7 and have won the last four meetings between the two nations. The last British victory against the USA was back in 1935. Fresh from his quarter final defeat at the Australian Open, Murray may be the secret weapon in the British assault on their American rivals to secure victory. He won all three points for Team GB against Croatia last September and he is favourite to win both his singles rubbers in San Diego. The team of John Isner, Sam Querrey and the formidable doubles pair of Bob and Mike Bryan will not give in without a fight as the USA have contested the World Group every year since 1989 and will want to maintain that record and guarantee their place in the top tier in 2015 by beating Team GB.