Andy Murray headlines Great Britain Davis Cup finals team
Andy Murray surprised the tennis world on Sunday by winning the European Open in Antwerp. The Scotsman had been out of the limelight of tennis over the last year following hip surgery. Murray had struggled to regain form and fitness following the procedure and Sunday’s win at the European Open was his first victory in two years. Tennis fans can enjoy Murray’s return to action. The tennis star is expected to return to the courts at the Davis Cup finals in November. The tennis tournament in Madrid will feature Murray alongside captain Leon Smith, Dan Evans, Jamie Murray, and Neal Skupski. The tournament will see Murray compete in the Davis Cup for the first time since 2016. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 2015. Great Britain will start the Davis Cup finals against The Netherlands on 20 November and Kazakhstan on 21 November. Despite Murray’s return to winning tennis, injuries could see the tennis star struggle to win further events. Murray has been praised by tennis players and pundits following his win at the European Open. However, the positivity hasn’t carried over to everyone. Swiss surgeon Dr Hannes Rudiger has warned Murray that he faces “catastrophic consequences” if he continues to play tennis. Murray is just 32-years old and still has – barring injury – more years left to play. At least he does theoretically. Great Britain may have Murray in their Davis Cup finals team but they are 10th in odds according to major bookmakers. Spain, France, Croatia, and the United States lead the way in Davis Cup finals odds for the tournament in November. While Murray may not be able to lead Great Britain to success in Madrid, the tennis star is nearing his best once more. Perhaps next season he could be back in his best form. How good was Murray at the European Open? According to stats kept at the tournament in Antwerp, Murry was hitting the ball seven miles per hour faster on his backhand side. Pundits also raved about Murray’s serve and ball toss during the tournament. Both his backhand and ball toss were credited as reasons for his win over Stan Wawrinka. Murray isn’t the only major tennis star set to play at the Davis Cup finals. Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, and Daniil Medvedev will all be competing for their respective countries. This year’s Davis Cup will be a history-making event played at Madrid’s La Caja Magica. Eighteen nations in all will compete for the finals trophy. According to leading sportsbooks, the longest shots to win the finals are the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, and Colombia. Each nation is at 100/1 odds to win the event. Both the Netherlands and Kazakhstan will open the tournament against Great Britain. The Davis cup finals will have a round-robin tournament format with teams playing in groups. The winner of each group along with the following two best teams will advance to the knockout stages. Ties will see two singles matches and one doubles rubber match. They will also feature the best of three tie-break sets.