Davis Cup Finals 2023: Norrie, Evans, Murray, Draper & Skupski to headline Lexus Great Britain Davis Cup Team for group stages in Manchester
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Lexus Great Britain Davis Cup Team captain and LTA Head of Men’s Tennis, Leon Smith, has announced his final squad to head to the Davis Cup Finals at the Manchester AO Arena from 12-17 September.
The Lexus Davis Cup Team is currently made up of four players including British No.1 Cam Norrie, Citi Open champion Dan Evans, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and ATP doubles world No.1 Neal Skupski.
On Tuesday 5 September, Smith also announced that Jack Draper would join the team as the fifth member of the squad.
Lexus GB Davis Cup team
- Cam Norrie (world No.16)
- Dan Evans (world No.28)
- Andy Murray (world No.37)
- Jack Draper (world No.123)
- Neal Skupski (Doubles – world No.1)
“We can’t wait to play Davis Cup in Manchester in front of a huge home crowd," said Smith. "It’s been a long time since we played in the North West and I’m sure we are going to feel and hear a lot of energy from the fans. We have a great team with a lot of Davis Cup experience who will be ready to give it everything in a tough group with Australia, Switzerland and France.”
Great Britain are set to face Australia, France and Switzerland with the top two teams progressing to the Final 8 knock-out stages in Malaga (21-26 November).
The Lexus GB team will feature on Wednesday 13, Friday 15 and Sunday 17 September with play beginning each day at 13:00 and each tie will consist of two singles and one doubles match.
- Tuesday 12 September: France vs Switzerland
- Wednesday 13 September: Great Britain vs Australia
- Thursday 14 September: Australia vs France
- Friday 15 September: Great Britain vs Switzerland
- Saturday 16 September: Australia vs Switzerland
- Sunday 17 September: Great Britian vs France
All of Britain’s ties will be broadcast on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer, with all ties from Manchester also available on Tennis Channel International’s Pay TV.
Tickets are on sale starting at £5 for children and £10 for adults.
Here’s some more info on the Lexus GB Davis Cup Team:
- Age: 27
- Ranking: 14
- Davis Cup ties played: 9
- Davis Cup record: 7-5
Norrie heads to Manchester as the British No.1 having enjoyed another successful season so far. The 27-year-old lifted his fifth career title in Rio with a win over world No.1 Carlos Alcaraz and also made the final in Auckland and Buenos Aires. Norrie has also reached the semi-final in Lyon and the quarter-final at Indian Wells and the cinch Championships. Earlier in the year he helped carry Great Britain into the Davis Cup Finals with two singles victories against Colombia.
- Age: 33
- Ranking: 21
- Davis Cup ties played: 22
- Davis Cup record: 12-20
Evans has returned to form recently, having won the biggest title of his career at the Citi Open – beating Frances Tiafoe, Grigor Dimitrov and Tallon Griekspoor en route to the ATP 500 trophy. Currently at a career-high ranking at world No.21, Evans has also made semi-finals in Marrakech and Barcelona this season. The 33-year-old has also proven his quality on the doubles court – forming a strong partnership with Neal Skupski at the Davis Cup Finals qualifiers against Colombia to beat former world No.1 duo Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.
- Age: 36
- Ranking: 36
- Davis Cup ties played: 24
- Davis Cup record: 41-10
Potentially set to play in his 25th tie for Great Britain next month, Murray is currently at his highest ranking since April 2018. The 36-year-old has won three ATP Challenger titles this season - Aix-en-Provence, Lexus Surbiton Trophy and Rothesay Open Nottingham - as well as reaching the final of the ATP 250 in Doha earlier this year.
- Age: 21
- Ranking: 123
- Davis Cup ties played: 0
- Davis Cup record: N/A
After having to sit out on the grass court swing due to a shoulder injury, Draper has made a strong statement on his return to the tour. Playing in only his third tournament back at the US Open, Draper eased past Radu Albot, Hubert Hurkacz and Michael Mmoh to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
The 21-year-old was selected to represent Great Britain at their qualifying tie in Colombia back in February but is yet to make his debut for his country. With the ability to compete against the world's best players, Draper will certainly be a key asset in the squad and enters the Group Stages in fiery form.
- Age: 33
- Ranking: 1
- Davis Cup ties played: 8
- Davis Cup record: 5-3
Skupski has retained his position as world No.1 in the ATP doubles rankings this season and recently lifted his first men’s doubles Grand Slam title at Wimbledon alongside Wesley Koolhof. This season so far, he’s won two trophies, made a total of four finals and made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Skupski and Dan Evans were on the winning side of a tough battle with Grand Slam winning duo Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal to help Great Britain book a spot in the Davis Cup Finals.