The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has today confirmed the Great Britain team to contest the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semi-final tie against Australia from September 18-20, 2015 at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.
The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team, which will be led by captain Leon Smith, will comprise of:
Commenting on the selections, Leon Smith said: “I'm delighted to name the five players for the match against Australia. Once again the team will be spearheaded by Andy Murray who has shown incredible dedication and passion to the team in recent ties. After the fantastic performances of all of those involved in our campaign this year, we carry great momentum going into the tie. However, we know the test ahead of us and the Australian team have some incredible talent that is worthy of a Davis Cup semi-final. In James Ward we have a player who has shown on more than one occasion he can deliver the upsets required in this tournament, and, in Kyle Edmund, a fantastic young talent who has broken into 100 for the first time recently.
“We will also be travelling to Glasgow with some flexibility for the doubles rubber. Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot are both having a great US Open this year. Jamie and Andy had great success against a very strong French pairing in July, while Dom and Jamie showed what they could do against the greatest doubles team of all time in the Bryan brothers back in March, narrowly losing the fifth set. I know that all of the team will feel a great sense of pride when they pull on their GB shirts and whoever walks out on the court in Glasgow will give everything.
“Our run of home ties in this year’s tournament have been met with the most incredible support. And once again we want everyone who is coming to the tie to make as much noise as possible. We are all so excited to be returning to the Emirates Arena and to Glasgow where we have such fond memories and I'm sure the crowd will be behind us 100%.”
British No.1 Andy Murray said, “It's always exciting playing in the Davis Cup in front of a home crowd and I love being part of a team and representing my country. Australia are a very experienced nation with a proven track record, and while it will be tough, we’ll go into the semi-final with the belief that we can do it. The crowd will certainly play a part, we have had amazing support in our last two home ties, and we are all looking forward to this one.”
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand and Sponsorship Aegon UK, added: “The performance of the Aegon GB Davis Cup Team this year has been remarkable. This historic run has been an achievement we are proud to support. Returning to the scene of the thrilling victory over the USA in March is very exciting and we wish Leon and all of the team the very best of luck.”
One of the oldest rivalries in tennis will be renewed when Great Britain meet Australia at the Emirates Arena in the semi-final tie supported by Event Scotland. This is the first semi-final for GB and Australia since 1981 and 2006 respectively and the 12th time the two sides have met in the tournament. Australia leads the head-to-head 8-4 and the last time GB defeated Australia was at Crystal Palace, London in 1978.
The winners of the tie will face either Belgium or Argentina in the final from 27- 29 November 2015.
For further information please go to www.lta.org.uk/DavisCup.