The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has named the Great Britain squad to contest the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie against Japan from March 4-6, 2016 at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. There are a limited number of tickets still available which are selling fast.
The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team, which will be led by captain Leon Smith, will comprise of:
• Andy Murray
• Kyle Edmund
• Jamie Murray
• Dominic Inglot
• Dan Evans
The final selection will be announced at the draw on Thursday March 3rd.
Commenting on the selections, Leon Smith said, “I’m delighted to name the five players for this first round match. Japan have a very strong team, progressed well in recent years and with Kei Nishikori have an established top-10 player. It will be a test for us but I’m confident in our team and I’m sure when the guys pull on their GB shirt they will give their all. We are lucky to have another home tie and it’s exciting to be returning to Birmingham. Our fans give us incredible support and we look forward to more of the same!
“Andy Murray has once again demonstrated his commitment to the team and his country in making himself available to play, especially so soon after becoming a father. His outstanding performance at the Australian Open is further evidence that he is one of the world’s best players.
“Kyle Edmund has made good progress on the tour, has had a confident start to the year and gained vital Davis Cup experience playing in last year’s final. Dan Evans has a wealth of Davis Cup experience and has made great strides in the last six months.
“Jamie Murray is arguably the most in form doubles player in world tennis, currently at a career high ranking of No.2 and continues to show signs of improvement. He made vital contributions to our 2015 Davis Cup campaign and is playing the best tennis of his life right now.
“Further bolstering our doubles options will be Dom Inglot who showed us what he can do in taking the best doubles team of all time to the wire last year in Glasgow. He is an established world-class doubles player who continues to play an important part of our team.”
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK, added: “The performance of the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team in 2015 was remarkable. Their historic success in Belgium was an achievement we are proud to have supported. Returning to Birmingham to face Japan is exciting and we wish Leon and all of the team the very best of luck.”
Remaining tickets are available at www.lta.org.uk/daviscup
Great Britain will face Japan for the first time since 1931 and the Birmingham tie will only be the third between the two nations. This is the first time the British team have taken to the court again since they lifted the Davis Cup in Ghent, Belgium last year, their first title in 79 years.
The winners of the tie will face either Serbia or Kazakhstan in the quarter-final from 15 Jul – 17 Jul 2016.
For further information please go to www.lta.org.uk/DavisCup.