Davis Cup final to be hosted by Ghent in November

Britain would have been at home if Argentina had beaten Belgium in other semi-final

The Davis Cup Britain team take a selfie after victory on day three of their semi-final match. Photograph: Getty Images

The Davis Cup Britain team take a selfie after victory on day three of their semi-final match. Photograph: Getty Images

 

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Belgian city of Ghent will host the 2015 Davis Cup Final between Belgium and Great Britain on November 27th-29th.

Britain would have been at home if Argentina had beaten Belgium in the other semi-final.

Andy Murray, whose straight-sets win over Bernard Tomic sealed Britain’s victory over Australia, said in Glasgow on Sunday: “I’ve thought about what it means to reach the final.

“Let’s not think about what it means to win the event.

“We’ll have an opportunity to do that in the next match but there’s so much tennis still to go. A lot can happen between now and then.

“Belgium have a player in (David) Goffin who is very close to being in the top 10 of the world and by then it’s possible that he is.

“Whichever surface they choose will be the one they feel gives them the best chance.

“There are no guarantees but reaching the final is a big achievement, something that hasn’t been done for a long time, and everyone in the team should be very proud of that.”

With the Ghent final coming immediately after the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, Murray has been reconsidering his plans for the rest of the year to ensure he is in the best condition possible for Belgium.

The 28-year-old said: “I’m planning on playing (at October’s) Shanghai (Masters).

“I’m not playing any other Asian events but my current plans are to travel to Shanghai on the Wednesday to practise outdoors because there are very few guys to practise with in London, and the weather is pretty up and down. I have booked flights to go.”

Murray would then be expected to contest the Paris Masters in early November, followed by the ATP World Tour Finals, yet the latter is an event he suggested at the weekend he might have to skip to prepare properly for the Davis Cup assignment.

ATP president Chris Kermode has since made it clear his organisation is expecting Murray to participate at the O2 from November 15th-22nd.

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