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Davis Cup delight in Glasgow for Team GB

After 118 years of Davis Cup tennis, this much loved global competition is shortly to be totally overhauled under plans drawn up by Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué. This left Great Britain with one more tie to negotiate to ensure that they are at the very least seeded when the new format is introduced in February. Their opponents at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the scene of many recent triumphs, were unfancied Uzbekistan. However, in the absence of the talismanic Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund, this tie was always going to be trickier than expected, and so it proved. Dan Evans, only recently back from his year-long drugs ban, was heroic in overcoming Denis Istomin, whilst Cameron Norrie managed to spectacularly choke when on the verge of a comfortable win against the lowly Karimov, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. However, the unflappably reliable Jamie Murray and his partner Dom Inglot won their doubles rubber before Norrie, inspired by a message from England rugby great, Jonny Wilkinson, recovered his form to comfortably win the tie for Great Britain 3-1.
Whilst the Davis Cup changes have not proved universally popular, and its new structure might deprive us of many of the Union Jack-clad, tennis ball-earringed uber-fans who would look equally at home in the Royal Albert Hall and have fanatically but loyally urged Great Britain to the pinnacle of the sport, Team GB can anticipate the revamped format with renewed hope. With Murray and Edmund set to return, there is the exciting prospect of young Jack Draper, who, having reached the boys final at Wimbledon this year, has just won his first two senior titles in consecutive weeks and is now officially by far the best sixteen year old in the world of men’s tennis. There’s much to look forward to.