Davis Cup 2022: Andy Murray to make Glasgow return as part of star-studded British team
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Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith has announced his team to head to Glasgow to compete in the 2022 Davis Cup Finals group stages – Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skuspki.
The Brits will head to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow from 13-18 September to compete against USA, Kazakhstan and Netherlands in Group D for a spot in November’s finals in Malaga.
- Kazakhstan vs Netherlands – Tuesday 13 September 16:00
- Great Britain vs USA – Wednesday 14 September 16:00
- USA vs Kazakhstan – Thursday 15 September 16:00
- Great Britain vs Netherlands – Friday 16 September 15:00
- USA vs Netherlands – Saturday 17 September 14:00
- Great Britain vs Kazakhstan – Sunday 18 September 14:00
Commenting on the selections Davis Cup Captain and LTA Head of Men’s Tennis Leon Smith said: “I’m delighted to name such a strong team to take on the other three nations next month in Glasgow. We have really good strength and depth at the moment and selections have been tougher than ever.
"We will also be adding a fifth player to the team in the coming weeks. Emirates Arena has been a brilliant venue for our team in the past creating some of the best atmospheres and memories our players have experienced. We are very excited to bring Davis Cup back there for the first time in over four years and look forward to a packed-out stadium making some serious noise for our team.”
The team will be led by Wimbledon semi-finalist Norrie, which includes Davis Cup stalwart and semi-finalist just last week at the ATP Canadian Open Masters 1000 Evans and will feature Murray in the team for the first time since 2019.
Norrie said: “Coming into a Davis Cup as the British No.1 – it doesn’t get much better than that. Having Andy in the team of course is a real boost. Both him and Dan were here in 2015 when we went on to win the competition and having that experience is really important, but it also drives the rest of us to get there as well. I love team competition and relish the pressure of playing Davis Cup for my country.
"I think it’s a huge positive for British tennis to be hosting an event like this. We’re seeing the players on both sides of the tours doing really well at the moment and hopefully with the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup coming to our country as well, we can encourage more people to get into the sport.”
Murray added: “It’s always special playing in a Davis Cup tie in front of a home crowd. Some of the best moments of my career have come representing my country in the Davis Cup, so to be a part of the team again means a lot. Obviously it's exciting that the competition is returning to Glasgow, we’ve had some brilliant results there in the past, and this is another chance for us to create even more history. We’ve got a strong team and we’ll be giving everything we can to get the win for the fans and book our place in the finals.”
Here’s your breakdown of the British team aiming for Davis Cup gunning for glory this year:
- Age: 27
- Ranking: 11
- Davis Cup ties played: 5
- Davis Cup record: 4-3
Coming off the back of a breakthrough season, Norrie has cemented his place at the top of the game this year. In 2022, Norrie has doubled his ATP title tally to four – claiming trophies at Delray Beach and Lyon – and has also finished runner-up in Acapulco and Los Cabos.
Norrie captured the nations attention on the world’s biggest stage this year at Wimbledon, reaching the semi-final of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. In doing so, he became only the fourth British man to reach the final four at The Championships in the Open Era.
The 26-year-old had one of the most memorable Davis Cup debuts of all time against Spain in 2018 – coming from two sets down to defeat World No.23 Roberto Bautista-Agut. Last season he spearheaded the British team that reached the quarter-finals, winning both of his singles rubbers in the group stages.
- Age: 32
- Ranking: 23
- Davis Cup ties played: 19
- Davis Cup record: 10-18
Evans comes into the Davis Cup in fine form off the back of a semi-final performance at the National Bank Open, where he recorded his fifth top 10 win of his career against Andrey Rublev.
The British No.2 had a strong start to the season, winning three of three rubbers at the ATP Cup, before reaching the semi-finals in Sydney. Evans’ best result of the year came on home soil, where he secured his second Rothesay Open Nottingham title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jordan Thompson.
Having made his Davis Cup debut for the Brits back in 2009, Evans has become one of the most senior members of the team in recent years. He’s no stranger to playing in Glasgow either, having played in Britain’s semi-final win over Australia in 2015 and the semi-final the following year against Argentina. At last year’s finals, Evans was the only Brit to clinch a victory in the quarter-finals, taking down Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1.
- Age: 35
- Ranking: 47
- Davis Cup ties played: 21
- Davis Cup record: 40-8
A man who needs little introduction when it comes to Davis Cup ties in Glasgow – Murray enter the competition off the back of a year that has seen him rise back into the world’s top 50.
Since the start of the season, Murray has been to two ATP finals – in Sydney and Stuttgart – and recorded wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov and Reilly Opelka,
The three-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist returns to his home country this September with plenty of good memories to pull upon. Least of all his incredible wins against the USA and Australia, in both singles and doubles, as Murray led the British team to their first Davis Cup title since 1936.
Aiming for a repeat of his 2015 heroics, Murray will be set to play in his first Davis Cup tie since recording one win at the 2019 finals against the Netherlands.
- Age: 30
- Ranking: 1 (doubles)
- Davis Cup ties played: 3
- Davis Cup record: 1-2
While still a relative newcomer to the British Davis Cup team, ATP doubles world No.1 Salisbury will be a force to be reckoned with at the Emirates Arena.
The two-time men’s doubles and two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion has continued to rise up the rankings over the last few years and became only the third Brit to reach the summit of the world rankings earlier this year.
More success has followed this season in the form of winning the ATP 1000 event in Monte Carlo – a first triumph for the Brit on clay – as well as semi-final runs at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Salisbury made his debut for Great Britain at last year’s Davis Cup Finals alongside Neal Skupski – recording his first win against Czech Republic in the group-stages.
- Age: 32
- Ranking: 3 (doubles)
- Davis Cup ties played: 6
- Davis Cup record: 3-3
Skupski is arguably the form player on the ATP doubles Tour this season - teaming up with Dutch star Wesley Koolhof to lift six men's doubles titles. The crown jewels in his trophy cabinet are his first two Masters titles, which he lifted in Madrid and Montreal this year.
Currently battling it out in the latter stages of the US Open, Skupski is closing in on 50 wins for the season already, which has helped seen him climb the rankings to a career high world No.3.
The 32-year-old is no stranger to facing off against Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in the Davis Cup, having faced both teams on his debut in the 2019 Finals - where he won both his rubbers with Jamie Murray. His last appearance at the Davis Cup saw him and Salisbury lose two close tie-break sets to Germany's Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in a decisive quarter-final match.
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