The first round of the Davis Cup saw Great Britain and France narrowly beat out the United States and Germany respectively in close first round ties. The two European rivals will meet for the quarterfinals in July and, good news for the UK side, the fixtures will be played in London.
The British side ensured back to back appearances in the quarterfinal round, though the hosts are betting on a better outcome than last year’s 3-2 loss to Italy. Britain’s Davis Cup players, including the world’s number three seed Andy Murray, got a welcomed boost of morale when the Queen’s Club in West London was announced as the venue where the quarters will play.
The Queen’s Club is filled with grass tennis courts, which is the specialty for Murray. The UK’s number one bet has won several events on grass courts, including the 2013 Grand Slam trophy at Wimbledon, the 2012 London Olympics men’s singles gold medal, and the silver medal in the mixed doubles fixture at the same event – both played at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Murray welcomed the opportunity to play at Queen’s Club this summer, hoping to capitalize on his years of experience playing at the venue.
“I’ve been playing at Queen’s for 10 years now, so I feel very at home there as do the rest of the British team. Fingers crossed it’s a memorable summer for British tennis.”
However, Murray and his teammates will need to cope with ghosts from the past at Queen’s Club. The last time a Britain v. France Davis Cup fixture was played at the site was in 1990, which saw the French side hammer the hosts in a 5-0 final to end the UK’s run that season.
In addition to Murray, the British Davis Cup team features James Ward, Dominic Inglot, and Jamie Murray – elder brother of Andy Murray. Can these four stars hold off the French side?