Friday October 30, 2015
Think of the Davis Cup and you will think of men’s tennis and some of the finest players the game has ever seen. This November, in Ghent, Belgium, Great Britain will face Belgium to contest the Davis Cup Final for 2015. The event will begin on 27th November and conclude on the 29th, with a best-of-five rubbers being held to determine the winner. The winner of the most rubbers will win the title.
Great Britain has a good record in the Davis Cup, which has been contested since the year 1900. They hold nine titles to date, with France having won the same number. Ahead of them is Australia with 28 wins, and the US with 32. Could Great Britain make it 10 wins this year? We don’t have much longer to wait to find out.
While Team GB does have a good record in the event, we have to go back a long way to find their last victory. That would be in 1936, which was the last of four victories in a row for Great Britain. The last final was in 1978, where they were runners-up.
All eyes will be on Andy Murray as the strongest member of the team to contest the final this year. He will be joined by his brother Jamie Murray, a doubles specialist, Dan Evans in singles and Dominic Inglot as the second doubles player. Several other British players have also been called up to play in the semi-final and quarter-final stages.
The final will be a challenge, of course, but this is even more the case when you consider that Belgium has chosen the surface on which the final will be played – clay. This is Andy Murray’s weakest surface, although he has achieved great results on it, especially in the recent past. Clearly the Belgian team feels it has the best shot of winning against Great Britain on this surface of all of them.
The Belgian team consists of David Goffin, ranked 15 in singles; Steve Darcis, ranked 64 in singles; Kimmer Coppejans, 105 in singles, and Ruben Bemelmans, 87 in singles. Belgium’s record is not as good as that of Great Britain, having been runners-up once. They have never won the event. Could this be the year that happens for the first time?