From Mick Dickson in the Mail. Tickets available to BT members and only for one day:
British fans hoping to buy tickets for next month's Davis Cup final will have to go into a Wimbledon-style ballot, with less than 3,000 expected to be allocated.
And applications for the slim British ration will be restricted to those who are part of the Lawn Tennis Association's membership scheme and those who have already bought Davis Cup tickets in 2015.
The ballot for GB tickets will open on October 21 with applicants notified within around a week of whether they have been successful or not.
A third option exists for fans, with the Belgian tennis authorities putting a limited amount on general sale over the internet on October 13 starting at 11am UK time. However, the numbers available then are likely to be in the hundreds rather than thousands.
They have already put the lion's share out to members of Belgian tennis clubs and recreational members of the national association. According to Dirk De Maesaneer, President of the Flemmish Tennis Association, some enterprising GB supporters attempted to register as Belgian members.
'Yes there were some but we have tried to block them,' he said. 'There has been so much interest in Belgium and we would obviously like as many of our people to be able to come as possible and demand has been enormous. Those British fans who are able to come will be made very welcome and we look forward to seeing them.'
The Belgian game is run by two bodies, and it is the Flemmish arm of it this year, rather than the Francophone one, who are organising Davis Cup matches in 2015. The Flanders Expo was chosen as the venue from a limited number of options and unfortunately the capacity is just under 13,000 – less than half that in Lille for last year's final.
Had it been staged in the UK it would have been at Cardiff with a capacity of more than 25,000, but many fans are bound to be disappointed. The tickets will be for individual days rather than a three-day 'season ticket'.
That was considered as the fairest method by the LTA, who have been hamstrung by International Tennis Federation regulations saying that only ten per cent of tickets must go to away fans, whatever the proximity of the two countries.
A spokesman for the LTA said that after tickets were put aside for officials, VIPs, sponsors, players and the like, more than two thirds are still being put into the ballot.
What they are looking at is establishing a Fan Zone for GB fans in the centre of Ghent, so that supporters who may only have a ticket for one day can still watch and join in the occasion and possibly prolong their stay if they make the trip.