Bogota | Dan Evans will kick off GB’s latest Davis Cup challenge.

Great Britain take on Colombia this weekend for a place in the Davis Cup Finals group stages due to be played in September in the hope of progressing to the knockout finals in November.

It’s about getting the win here. It doesn’t matter how, if it’s pretty or ugly. Just get a point on the board and hopefully we can win. Dan Evans

The British team will be led by Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, Britan’s top two ranked singles players, with the youngster Jack Draper as their back-up, while Joe Salisbury and Neal Skuspsi two highly ranked international doubles players, are set to handle the doubles.

The tie, which will be played at altitude in Bogota on the clay courts of the Pablo Viejo Country Club, and, while on paper the Brits would be clear favourites, it won’t be an easy task for the visitors as Dan Evans was quick to point out on the eve of the first rubber where he hopes to get te ball rolling in Britain’s favour.

“It’s about getting the win here,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how, if it’s pretty or ugly. Just get a point on the board and hopefully we can win.”

The hosts may be well out-ranked in world terms in the singles, but they have a former world No.1 doubles pairing in Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah so early points on the board will be essential.

Captain Leon Smith told the BBC that the Colombia match-up was “without doubt the most complicated tie we could have got.”

He said: “The most obvious hurdle is the altitude. The altitude brings pressureless balls, which our players never play with. The ball is flying so much faster through the air so you need to adapt.

“Then you have the physiological elements as well, so it’s how people are going to react to the thinner air.”

The tie can be seen on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sports website and the Tennis channel starting at 20.00 hours on Friday the 3rd February.

The first rubber is Dan Evans versus Nicolas Mejia which will be followed by Cameron Norrie against Nicolas Barrientos.

The doubles on the second day, Dan Evans is scheduled, starting at 17.00 GMT, to play the doubles with Neal Skupski against Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah which will be followed by the reverse singles.






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