Queen’s to host Davis Cup QF

The July 17-19 match will see Great Britain bid to reach the last-four of the men’s tournament for the first time since 1981, when they were beaten 5-0 by Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Murray and British No 3 James Ward put Britain into the quarter-finals last month with three singles victories as the United States were beaten 3-2 on Glasgow’s hardcourts.

World No 3 Murray had expressed a desire to face the tough French on grass and he boasts a fine record at Queen’s, having won their pre-Wimbledon tournament on three occasions.

“Queen’s will be a perfect venue,” Murray said.

“I’ve been playing at Queen’s for 10 years now, so I feel very at home there as do the rest of the British team. Fingers crossed it’s a memorable summer for British tennis.”

Ward’s win over John Isner in Glasgow was vital in Britain’s success, and he agreed that the positive feeling for Queen’s prevails throughout the squad.

“We all think that Queen’s is a great choice for Davis Cup,” said the Londoner.

“Andy has won the tournament three times, I got to the semi-finals a few years ago and the doubles guys have done well there too, so it feels very natural for us to want to play Davis Cup at a venue where we all feel very comfortable.”

And team captain Leon Smith is hoping the crowd will play a part in getting Britain through, as he said:??”The grass courts at Queen’s are some of the best in the world and our team will look to use the courts and the passionate home crowd to full advantage.

“The atmosphere and crowd support will be vital.”

Britain already know they will face either Australia or Kazakhstan in September if they make it past France, who used Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon in their singles rubbers against Germany, with Julian Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut playing doubles.

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