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GB through by default

WHEN the dust settles, captain Leon Smith will prepare Great Britain for a Davis Cup quarter-final against France in April after his team earned their place, literally, by default. An Š—“ashamed and embarrassedŠ— Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, kicked it up when he presented SmithŠ—Ès side with a spot by firing the ball like a bullet into the left eye of umpire Arnaud Gabas leaving it black, the French official hospitalised and the offender defaulted in what was clearly a freak accident. Kyle Edmund had won the deciding rubber. 2015 champions GB had beaten their hosts 3-2 in Ottawa to...

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One win needed

JAMIE Murray and Dom Inglot gave Team GB two bites of the cherry Š—– or should that be maple syrup waffle in the land of the Maple Leaf Š—– when they combined to give the visitors a 2-1 lead in the first-round Davis Cup tie against Canada in...

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Team GB all square

BRITISH tennis has leant heavily on the Murray family. The Davis Cup is no exception as is being witnessed in Team GBŠ—Ès first-round tie against Canada played on a surface laid on top of an ice rink in frozen Ottawa. Youngest sibling Andy almost single-handedly helped Team GB lift the competition they founded for the first time since the 1930s two years ago. And the world No.1, resting at home in Surrey, tried to inspire his erstwhile teammates with a video of support played on a big screen to them by captain Leon Smith before the opening singles. It...

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Skating In

Dan Evans, who blasted into the world top 50 after making the last-16 at the recent Australian Open, meets Junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov, 17, in the opening rubber of Team GBŠ—Ès first-round Davis Cup tie against Canada in chilly Ottawa. It follows the draw made by CanadaŠ—Ès Speaker of the House at the home of the hostsŠ—È parliament three miles from the venue, a journey that, as the BBC suggested, could almost be made on skates along the frozen Rideau Canal. British No.2 Kyle Edmund, also inside the top 50, faces Vasek Pospisil in the second singles rubber....

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Absent Murray on-message

LEON Smith reckons Andy Murray can still help Team GB beat Canada in their Davis Cup first-round tie in Ottawa from February 3-5 Š—– even though the world No.1 is close to 3,500 miles away resting at home in Surrey with his family. Captain Smith revealed he expects Murray to keep in touch with words of encouragement and advice via his mobile after confirming the double Wimbledon and Olympic champion would not be playing and that Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot would make up the team. British No.1 Murray completed a punishing schedule to reach...

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Murray given time to rest

LEON Smith is keeping the door open for Andy Murray to face Canada in the Davis Cup in Ottawa from February 3-5. Team GB captain Smith has left the world No.1 out of his nominated four, which include AndyŠ—Ès brother Jamie, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Dom Inglot, in order to give him a...

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Davis Cup in danger

Š—“If it ainŠ—’t broke, donŠ—’t fix it,Š— so the saying goes, and in tennis that sentiment was never more apt than right now, for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is currently considering radical changes to the Davis Cup, one of the worldŠ—’s most revered international team competitions. Matches could be reduced from the best-of-five to the best-of-three sets, and ties from three days to two. In addition, the ITF is keen for would-be host cities to submit bids to stage the Davis Cup final each year, which would ruin the atmosphere of one of the gameŠ—’s showpiece...

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Murray looks relaxed and ready again and again

ANDY Murray smiled coyly as he swayed side to side with hands deep inside the pockets of his Team GB tracksuit top with brother Jamie, saying: Š—“I havenŠ—Èt lost it, thatŠ—Ès for sure!Š— The British No.1, egged on by his older sibling and Team GB teammate, made the tongue-in-cheek boast about his footballing rather than tennis skills. The double Wimbledon and Olympic champion had netted a long-range goal in a five-a-side match in Glasgow between GB squad members which was compared to the David BeckhamŠ—Ès effort from the halfwayline at Wimbledon 20 years ago. He looked relaxed and re-charged...

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