Davis Cup GB captain Leon Smith urges organizers to listen to players about the future of the event

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GB captain Leon Smith urges Davis Cup organizers to listen to players about the future of the event, amid suggestions that the final week may go to the Middle East

  • The historic Davis Cup final week may be held in Abu Dhabi in the future
  • The organizers of the event believe that it is the best way to fulfill obligations to the ITF
  • Great Britain will face France and the Czech Republic in this week’s group stage
  • The team will play behind closed doors after an Austrian 20-day lockdown











British captain Leon Smith has called for more consultations following suggestions that the Davis Cup final week could be on its way to Abu Dhabi.

With the historic men’s event starting on Thursday after skipping 2020, there is now a belief that it can find a home in the Middle East.

This can be seen by the event’s initiators, the football player Gerard Pique’s Kosmos group, as the best way to fulfill obligations to the International Tennis Federation, its guardians. The two parties entered into a 25-year staging agreement worth an estimated $ 3 billion in 2018.

GB captain Leon Smith (right) believes players need to have an impact on the future of the Davis Cup

The final event 2021 has its group games in spectator-free Innsbruck – where GB is based – Turin and Madrid, where the latter will host its climax next week. Smith wants the national captains involved in discussions over the coming years.

‘They are still trying to find what will work best, but I think there should be an open dialogue about what is happening in this now, and try to find a solution to ensure that this remains one of The most important things in the calendar, ‘he said.

‘It has such a history, gravitas. No one can control what has happened here, but we can control what happens in the future with it, and if you talk to any of the players or captains who have experienced the atmosphere, the environment is so important, whether it is at home, it’s gone, but it must be filled up.

The British team, with Smith and Andy Murray (second right), won in late 2015

The British team, with Smith and Andy Murray (second right), won in late 2015

‘It has to be what’s best for the players and the schedules.’

GB will play behind closed doors this weekend due to the Austrian lockdown and try to get out of a group that pits them against France and the Czech Republic.

Even without Andy Murray, Smith will be able to pick a strong side of the top 30 players with Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.

British No. 1 Cameron Norrie (pictured) becomes Britain's highest ranked singles player

British No. 1 Cameron Norrie (pictured) becomes Britain’s highest ranked singles player

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