Davis Cup Preview

Great Britain travel to France this weekend in the Davis Cup quarter-finals but it looks a tough looking task for the 2015 champions without Andy Murray.

GB will be without the world number one due to injury, but the strength in-depth is beginning to show in the squad and they can still call upon two more players ranked in the world’s top-50 in the shape of Dan Evans and Kyle Edmon.

Andy’s brother Jamie – widely regarded as one of the best doubles players in world tennis – will again be part of the team with Dom Inglot – but the odds are still against them,

France, though, have lost even more talent than Britain with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils all missing out.

And GB captain Leon Smith is confident his side can take victory in Rouen.

“In Dan and Kyle we have two top-50 singles players who are improving all the time on the tour and both with games capable of upsetting higher ranked opponents,” said Smith.

“Jamie and Dom once again combine as our doubles team and will draw much confidence after performing so well recently to win key rubbers against Serbia and Canada to defeat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.

“Not having Andy in the side is obviously a big loss to our team but most importantly we all wish him well for a speedy recovery back to full health and fitness. I know that he would really want to be here with the rest of the team.”

Despite having their top names ruled out, France are still favourites with world number 15 Lucas Pouille leading them off, and he is backed up by No25 Gilles Simon.

We spoke to WilliamHill and they do not have much confidence in Great Britain being able to beat France this weekend.

Spokesman Joe Crilly said: “The French side is decimated by withdrawals however, GB have to cope without Andy Murray and we currently have GB way down the betting to win this year”

Elsewhere in the quarter-finals, Novak Djokovic is set to lead Serbia in their clash in Belgrade with Spain.

“I personally always draw very positive energy from these weeks,” said Djokovic.

“Playing for our country in the official team competition – the only official team competition we have in this sport – is definitely very special for me personally and for all of us as a team.”

Nick Kyrgios will be leading Australia’s title charge as they host USA in Brisbane, whilst Belgium play host to Italy in Charleroi.




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