: The tie, which will take place at Braehead Arena, Glasgow, will be broadcast by British Eurosport. Tickets are still available to purchase by calling 0844 499 1700 or visiting http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/Davis-Cup/Ticket-Details/First
- definite confirmation that Andy won't playAndy Murray to miss Great Britain's home Davis Cup tie against Belgium to practice for clay-court season
[Telegraph, 27 March]
The tennis fans of Glasgow will have to make do without local hero Andy Murray next week, when Great Britain play their latest Davis Cup tie at the Braehead Arena. As for Leon Smith, the team captain, he will deserve every accolade if he can steer his men through this match against a far more experienced and powerful Belgian outfit.
Murray has opted to stay in Florida — where he beat Gilles Simon on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open — and practice with his new coach, Ivan Lendl, in preparation for the clay-court season. He knows that Davis Cup defeat would not be a disaster, because Great Britain cannot be relegated from Europe/Africa Zone Group One whatever happens.
“I spoke to Leon early in the year,” Murray explained recently, “and I said that the goal this year would be to try and stay in the group that we’re in. Yes, we could be in the World Group [the elite nations, one step up from Group One] but just now I believe that this is really the level that we’re at.”Second
-AEGON GB Davis Cup Team announced to face Belgium
[LTA website, 27 March]
Leon Smith, Captain of the AEGON GB Davis Cup Team, has today named his players to face Belgium in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group I tie from 6-8 April 2012 at Braehead Arena in Glasgow:
The team will be:
* James Ward
* Dan Evans
* Colin Fleming
* Ross Hutchins
This is the second round of the Euro/Africa Zone Group I, with the winners advancing to the World Group Play-offs which will take place from 14-16 September.
Leon Smith commented: “After the last win against Slovakia the team were on a real high but we are now fully focussed on preparing for the tie against Belgium who we know will provide an altogether new challenge.
"It will be a real step-up against an opposition who is higher ranked than us, but if the team can put on some fine performances as they did against Slovakia, then we have a real chance of qualifying for the World Group Play-offs.
"We will give it absolutely everything and with the home crowd support behind us, we are very much looking forward to a hugely exciting tie.”
AEGON UK Group Marketing Director, Paul McMahon, added: “As supporters of tennis at all levels in Great Britain, we’ve been delighted to see the progress that Leon Smith and the AEGON GB Davis Cup Team have been making. Belgium will provide a real test, I’m sure, but hopefully home advantage at Braehead will give the team a lift again.”