Team GB Beat Colombia in Tricky Davis Cup Tie
It was a good weekend for British tennis, as Team GB advanced to the Davis Cup Group Stages, beating Colombia 3-1 in their Davis Cup Qualifying tie. On paper, it looked a fairly routine task, based on the rankings of the Colombian singles players. However, playing on clay, at an altitude of 2,566 metres, could have made things much more complicated for the Britons.
Leon Smith seemingly chose his line-up based on ranking and experience, once again choosing Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie, leaving talented youngster Jack Draper and Davis Cup heroes of 2015 Andy Murray and Jamie Murray on the side-lines. Questionable, considering Murray’s recent good form and the need to give Draper experience in a Davis Cup environment.
However, it proved to be the right decision, with Dan Evans making up for a poor singles performance with an excellent win in the Doubles rubber alongside Neal Skupski, beating Cabal and Farah, who have won 2 Grand Slams together on the doubles court. Cameron Norrie did not disappoint in the singles, winning both of his matches with relative ease, despite the challenging conditions.
Britain will now join the other qualifying nations such as defending champions Canada, runners-up Australia in the Group Stages, which take place in September.