Great Britain has named their provisional team for the Davis Cup Final against Belgium. The tie will take place in Ghent on clay. Britain will be bringing Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Kyle Edmund, and Dominic Inglot. The Murray Brothers are currently in London at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The Best Shot For Great Britain To Win?
Kyle Edmund has been brought into the squad after a strong run of form after winning a title on a clay Challenger event in Argentina. With the final being on clay, could he be the best choice to for Davis Cup captain Leon Smith?
However, there are a few other options for Smith as well. Dan Evans won a Challenger title as well in Knoxville, Tennessee. Davis Cup superhero James Ward will be headed to Belgium on the provisional team as well but only as a hitting partner for now. The teams can still be changed, but Davis Cup rules state they must name a team 10 days before the start of the tie.
Bedene Ruled Out
Aljaz Bedene has been officially ruled out for the tie since the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) request to grant him eligibility was adjourned until March of next year by the ITF Board of Directors. The meeting was originally supposed to take place today. Bedene last played Davis Cup for his country of birth, Slovenia.
In light of the tragic events that went on in Paris this past Friday, the Davis Cup is beefing up security at next weekend’s final. A friendly between the Spanish national football team and Belgium’s national football team was canceled and has prompted the LTA to ensure the safety of its players when traveling there. The LTA has stated that it is taking advice from the Foreign Office over the security of the Davis Cup Final.