Tennis: Great Britain face Davis Cup trip to San Diego

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Great Britain face a trip to California in next year’s Davis Cup as they are set to take on the USA on a clay court in San Diego.

The Brits returned to the World Group after beating Croatia back in September and they will have high hopes of downing the hosts at the home of baseball’s San Diego Padres.

British number one Andy Murray has committed to the tie, which takes place between 31 January and 2 February 2014 at Petco Park, and, fitness permitting, will lead GB’s attempt to beat the Americans for the first time since 1935.

The US have won the last four meetings between the two nations but, with the emergence of Dan Evans over the past six months and a decent doubles team, the visitors will be confident of progressing in the competition.

US captain Jim Courier is aware of the threat posed by the men from across the Atlantic and is banking on a bumper crowd roaring their heroes onto victory on the west coast.

“Our squad is ready to go up against a tough adversary in the British squad,” he said. “Andy Murray is one of the strongest players in the sport and we expect our home crowd to come out and support us in what will be a thrilling Davis Cup tie.”

The decision to play the match on clay will doubtless have been taken with Murray in mind as the red surface is the Scot’s least favourite and the one on which the Americans have the best chance of getting a positive result.

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