London | Edmund gets final spot
Kyle Edmund’s two wins and strong showing in defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Rolex Paris Masters has been rewarded with that final place in Team Gb’s Davis Cup Final squad starting on the 18th November in Madrid.
It's been a difficult decision to make as Cam Norrie has had a very good year on tour and is finishing the year ranked around number 50 in the world Leon Smith
The former British No.1 who as a result of some poor results consisting of an eight-match losing streak, had slipped down to 75 prior to his arrival in Paris.
Edmund, who was vying with Cameron Norrie for the final spot, joins Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski in head coach Leon Smith’s team for the inaugural staging of the new-format Davis Cup.
“I’m delighted to name Kyle as the final nominated player to our GB Davis Cup team,” Smith said.
“Whilst Kyle has had a tough few months, he showed at the Paris Masters what level of tennis he is capable of producing.
“It’s been a difficult decision to make as Cam Norrie has had a very good year on tour and is finishing the year ranked around number 50 in the world.
“It’s a strong position for our team to be in when we have such high-quality players vying for selection.”
Great Britain, who won the Davis Cup in 2015, will face the Netherlands and Kazakhstan in the group stage on November 20 and 21 on the hard courts of La Caja Magica.
The revamped event will see 18 nations compete across six groups and will follow a round-robin format, before the winners of each group, along with the next two top teams, advance to knockout stages.
Ties will feature two singles matches and one doubles rubber, all of which will be best-of-three tie-break sets.