Great Britain will be stronger for 2020 Davis Cup, says captain Leon Smith
Leon Smith believes Great Britain will go back after narrowly missing out on a place in the past using an Davis Cup group next year to Madrid.
Britain came agonisingly near their success in 2015 in the finals week, despite departing outside Andy Murray for everyone but one game due to a lack of fitness.
They were edged out in dramatic fashion in a deciding doubles rubber by Spain in the semi-finals, with Neal Skupski Struggling to take four set points in the second set from an inspired Rafael Nadal and his spouse Feliciano Lopez and Jamie Murray.
But Britain’s rush, which brought victories over Holland, Kazakhstan and Germany, revealed the improved strength in depth the nation now has – albeit just in the very high level – with three top 100 players from singles in Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie plus a raft of doubles options.
Captain Smith will celebrate a decade and he believes season could be an extremely favorable one for the top men of Britain.
The Scot said:”Everybody got their different journey to proceed, but I think we ought to be excited about what we have in British golfing.
“Andy will proceed on his trip coming back and keep building momentum, that is going to be exciting to see.
“Kyle, he’ll be disappointed with just how his year gone, obviously, then you have a take a look at the player he has been at Paris along with the player he’s been here.
“He must be exceptionally motivated, what is potential for him to proceed up the ranks. He looks like he is in a location that was good and because there’s so far inside his match, got a new training team. So I expect to see some progress that is really good from him.
“Evo (Evans) had a terrific year coming back and becoming his ranking across the 40 mark, wasn’t that far from being seeded at slams, that is a excellent work. That is what he will be looking to do – to stabilise and attempt to proceed in towards nearer the 30 mark.
“We have so many unique things going. I think that it’s terrific. And everyone can just keep on that path and we come back here next year with – we’ve got a very strong team – but even stronger.”
Edmund was the celebrity of the Davis Cup from a British point of view. Having been included in the team on after finishing an eight-match losing streak, he won three of the singles matches in straight sets and looked back.
He’ll link up with seasoned Argentine coach Franco Davin for pre-season, also Evans expects to have British company in the upper 50 quite soon.
“What he has done in the past two months was phenomenal to get back himself,” explained that the British number one.
“I have seen it firsthand. He has worked hard. And to turn about it in Paris and keep going the year where people could have stopped, and he’s come , and exactly what he has done, he has looked back to some top-20 player.
“It’s great to be on his side. Next year but I do not see a lot of him. I think he is going to do fairly great.”
The British team have spoken positively about the revamped Davis Cup styled the World Cup of Tennis, even though they were not helped by means of a program which left them enjoying with four days in a row.
Allowing fans to travel will be a priority for the next season but Britain definitely finished in particular on a high in terms of atmosphere pitch to the doubles.
Playing the doubles as the deciding rubber has been among the huge successes of the new arrangement, and Jamie Murray explained:”It was a excellent atmosphere. It was exciting to be part of it.
“I think it highlighted how exciting doubles is and how good a game it is. I believe everyone that could have been there at folks who observed at home and the scene would have enjoyed that game for all that it had.
“I’m obviously really frustrated we didn’t find a means to get one of the sets. That one is going to hurt for just a little while. However, it’s a match which I am sure I will remember when I finish my career.”