Tennis Today: Andy Murray backed to bring Davis Cup back to Britain, and pundits predict 2020 Slam winners
In Tennis Today, BBC pundits make their predictions for 2020, and Andy Murray is not just at the Davis Cup to make up the numbers, says his captain.
What’s on the site
Well the only place to really begin is the ATP Finals, which were of course won by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
That may just be the start, though, with the confident young Greek declaring himself close to winning a Grand Slam title next.
Tsitsipas’ joy was Dominic Thiem’s heartbreak, though. He admitted that Tsitsipas deserved the title, but also reflected on just how ‘brutal’ a sport tennis is.
Even more importantly: our own Kevin Palmer has also commented on it and it’s, as ever, a must-read.
This week, all eyes are on the Davis Cup, and we have two previews for it. Firstly, we have rounded up the stories and sub-plots ahead of the tournament.
We also have a betting guide if you fancy trying to take some money off the bookies.
What’s in the news
Andy Murray is fit and ready to fire to Great Britain to Davis Cup glory, says captain Leon Smith.
One of Murray’s proudest career achievements was leading GB to the Davis Cup title in 2015, and he is back in the squad for the first edition of the tournament since it was revamped earlier this year.
“Andy feels great,” said Smith, as quoted by AFP. “He’s obviously extremely happy to be back in tennis.
“He’s training unbelievably hard to get back to his best position, with great focus.
“If he’s picked to play, then I know he will do a great job on the court. That’s not ego, that’s confidence of course.
“He’s still a very good tennis player, he’s pushing (the other) guys ahead. And at the same time, you realise what he’s gone through.”
Meanwhile, the BBC have done an extensive question and answer session with Boris Becker and Tim Henman, including predictions for who will win next season’s Grand Slams.
They both backed Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic to sweep up again, though, with one small exception.
“I will go for Thiem after what we have seen this week,” Tim Henman said when asked who would win the French Open.
“I can’t say Nadal. It is very easy to think that he will win for a 13th time there; I am going to go for the upset.”
And, as the Davis Cup Finals get underway this week, Andy and Jamie Murray take a trip down memory lane and re-live their journey so far with the GB Davis Cup team.
In a video produced by the LTA, the brothers discuss everything from their experiences taking that first step on court to represent Great Britain, to that historic win against Belgium to clinch the title back in 2015.
The team kick-start their campaign with a group match against the Netherlands on Wednesday 18th November, before facing off against Kazakhstan on Thursday. The winner of the group will then go on to compete in Friday’s quarter-finals in the build up to Sunday’s final.
To keep up to date on how Great Britain’s Davis Cup team is getting on in Madrid and for all the behind the scenes action from the players, follow @LTA on Instagram, @LTA – Tennis For Britain on Facebook or @the_LTA on Twitter.
What’s on social media
A typically stylish retirement announcement by Tomas Berdych…
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You’re in some pretty special company, Stefanos…
Memories… three years in indeed a long time in tennis…
And Daniil Medvedev signs off for the season.
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What an amazing year it was💥 2019 gave me so many ups and downs, like The American swing I would have never even dreamt of and a poor end of the season, but See you soon 2020, will work harder 💪🏻🎾 // Я провёл свой лучший сезон в этом году💥 Конечно же 2019 не был идеальным. Он подарил мне как невероятные результаты на протяжении всей американской серии турниров, так и совсем неидеальное выступление в конце года. До встречи в 2020, буду больше работать 💪🏻🎾
What’s on TV
It’s the first ever Davis Cup Finals this week, and you can watch it on Eurosport.
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