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Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

All about Great Britain: wildcards ready to roar

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

They have been competing in the Davis Cup since the very beginning – and wildcards Great Britain are ready to go on the biggest stage of them all at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in Madrid.

With over a century of Davis Cup history, there are some very long-standing records. Fred Perry still has the best record overall, with 45 wins, and his contemporary and team-mate Bunny Austin recorded the most victories in singles – 36 of them. A more recent star has logged the most years in Davis Cup competition – US Open finalist Greg Rusedski, who played for 13 years.

Great Britain might be ten-time champions, but it took a long time for them to win their tenth title. There was a gap of almost 80 years between Perry, Austin and their team winning in 1936 and Andy Murray helping the squad to victory against Belgium in 2015.

That triumph was masterminded by captain Leon Smith, who has been in post since 2010, and will lead the squad in Madrid, where they take on Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in the group stage; and they will be bound to have lots of British fans cheering them on, waving the famous red, white and blue Union flags – with some Scottish saltires in there as a special tribute to the Murray brothers.

In 2018, Great Britain did not make the Davis Cup quarter-finals, knocked out by Spain – but they did enjoy a tremendous win over Uzbekistan in September. It was an epic weekend, with two matches going the distance on the opening day, Dan Evans picking up a win before Cameron Norrie fell in the second encounter. He made up for it, though, winning the final singles match of the weekend after a doubles victory for Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray, wrapping up a 3-1 win.

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