New look Davis Cup Finals kick off in Madrid

The inaugural Davis Cup Finals tournament is currently taking place week in Madrid. The eighteen team event is the brainchild of Barcelona footballer, Gerard Pique, with the new abridged format comprising round-robin group matches of two singles and a doubles, followed by a knockout phase.  Great Britain, having successfully negotiated their way to the last eight, will now face Germany in a bid to reach the semi-finals, and with it automatic qualification for next year’s event. Having Andy Murray back in their ranks is a huge boost for Great Britain, although, like patum peperium, he should be used sparingly, but with Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund as back up, not to mention the world class doubles pairing of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, they have little to fear. Whether they can reproduce the heroics of 2015 remains to be seen, but they’re looking good.