The LTA announced on Thursday it had been awarded a five-year deal to host the Davis Cup Group Stages, beginning later this year in Glasgow. It’s a huge boost for their other bid to stage the Billie Jean King Cup Finals this year and capitalise on the hype created by Emma Raducanu’s historic US Open win. The Bromley teenager became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title last year.
Glasgow will act as one of four host cities for the Davis Cup Group Stages from September 14-18 this year, alongside Bologna, Hamburg and Malaga. It will be the first time in four years that Britain will play on home ground in the Davis Cup and gives the team a good boost to get Andy Murray back in the squad for the first time since 2019, with the five-day event staged in Scotland this year with the LTA planning to take the Group Stages around the country in future years.
Nations will compete in four groups across the four cities, with the top two advancing to a quarterfinal knock-out competition that will be held at a yet-to-be-confirmed neutral venue from November 23-27. Murray, who led Britain to Davis Cup glory in 2015, skipped out on the event in the last two years because he felt the season was too long and wanted to prevent injury, but will likely be interested in competing in front of a home crowd.
The agreement made between the LTA, the ITF and Kosmos Tennis will allow Britain to host a Group Stage for five years, on the basis that Britain qualifies or receives a wild card for the finals in each of those years, meaning Murray could be tempted into the squad for what will likely be the rest of his career.
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