Davis Cup arrives in Liverpool

Team GB’s (that’s Great Britain, not Team Gary Burns – although it’s an easy mistake to make…) tie against Poland in the Davis Cup comes to Liverpool for the first time ever in the event’s history next week. NEXT WEEK. We (!) are playing Poland in the Euro/Africa Group I tie from 18th to 20th September at the Echo Arena.

Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, said: ‘Liverpool is a fantastic city with a rich sporting pedigree and I’m very excited to be taking the tie to the Northwest. That Mersey Bowmen is a cracking club and I’m thinking of calling up a few of their players. They really are something else. I am delighted that the city is so keen to host what will be a difficult tie for us and we will need the support of a vocal crowd if we are going to maintain our place in Group 1 in 2010.’ Or did he?

The stats tell us that the tie’ll be played on an indoor hard court with an arena capacity of 4,000 to 5,000… We’ve played Poland seven times in the Davis Cup and won all of the previous ties. Oops. And the last tie was held in Poland in 1991 with Great Britain coming out on top 4-1. Ken Skupski (of Palmerston fame) is in the GB squad, so for all of you out there who beat him when he was four, it’s your chance to brag about glory days against a Davis Cup player.

Tickets are still available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 and online at www.echoarena.com and I think British Tennis Members may even be able to get a discount…

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