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Davis Cup team hold minute's silence for Nice victims

Leon Smith, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot, James Ward and Jamie Murray during a minutes silence for the victims of the Nice attacks Credit: Reuters

Great Britain's Davis Cup team have held a minute's silence for the victims of the Nice attack.

Leon Smith, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot, James Ward and Jamie Murray stood to remember those who died ahead of their quarter final match with Serbia in Belgrade on Friday.

Andy Murray to play in Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia

Andy Murray is leading GB's attempt to retain the Davis Cup. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will spearhead holders Great Britain's bid to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals next week.

The Wimbledon title favourite has confirmed his availability for the last-eight tie against Serbia in Belgrade, which world number one Novak Djokovic has chosen to miss.

The Lawn Tennis Association named Murray in a squad that also contains Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dan Evans and Dominic Inglot, for the three-day tie beginning on Friday 15th July.

Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith said: "In making himself available for the tie, Andy has once again shown incredible commitment to his country and his proven Davis Cup record is second to none."


Bedene loses appeal to represent GB in the Davis Cup

Bedene failed in his appeal. Credit: PA

Aljaz Bedene's hopes of playing Davis Cup tennis for Great Britain have been dashed once again after he lost his latest appeal.

The 26-year-old, who was granted a British passport last March, presented his case to the International Tennis Federation board on Sunday.

He said: "Of course I am very sad with today's result and that it has not gone the way I had hoped.

"I would like to thank all the fans, my team and the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) for continuing to support me all the way. I will have to assess my situation now before I decide on what steps to take next."

Bedene has fallen foul of a rule brought in at the start of 2015 preventing players competing for more than one country in the competition.

Because he played in three dead rubbers for his native Slovenia between 2010 and 2012, he is ineligible to represent Britain.

GB Davis Cup captain extends contract to 2018

Davis Cup-winning captain Leon Smith has extended his contract and will lead the Great Britain team for at least another three years.

Leon Smith will continue as Davis Cup captain. Credit: PA

The Scot succeeded John Lloyd in 2010 after Britain had suffered the ignominy of defeat by Lithuania and were on the verge of relegation to the competition's bottom tier.

Five years later Smith achieved what had appeared impossible and guided his country to a first Davis Cup title in 79 years with victory over Belgium.

After signing a deal until the end of 2018, which will also see him remain as the Lawn Tennis Association's head of men's tennis, Smith said: "It is a huge honour and privilege to continue captaining our Davis Cup team.

"We have achieved so much over the last six years and becoming world champions last year will be the highlight of my career."

Murray sees off Nishikori in marathon match to send GB into Davis Cup quarter-finals

Andy Murray had to dig deep to beat Kei Nishikori. Credit: PA

Andy Murray produced his most remarkable Davis Cup effort yet to hold off an inspired Kei Nishikori and send Great Britain through to the quarter-finals for a third straight year.

Murray led by two sets to love but faced losing from that position for the first time in 11 years only to grind out a 7-5 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 4-6 6-3 victory after four hours and 54 minutes at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.

That clinched a 3-1 first-round win over Japan for Britain, with Murray winning all three points for the fourth successive tie.

Great Britain captain Leon Smith reserved the highest praise for his main man, saying: "I'm pretty much lost for words. He's just a man of steel.

"You have to give a lot of credit to Kei. He played a great match, one of the best of his life I'm sure.

"It's quite astonishing considering Andy hasn't played since the Australian Open final. He's amazing. It's an absolute privilege to sit with him for a match like that and we'll remember that one for a very long time."

Andy Murray set for Davis Cup doubles date with brother Jamie against Japan

GB talisman Andy Murray in Davis Cup action against Taro Daniel of Japan. Credit: PA

Andy Murray's appetite for another stellar Davis Cup run should see him partner brother Jamie in Saturday's doubles as Great Britain look to restore their lead over Japan.

The teams were tied at 1-1 after the first day of play at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena, with Murray easing past Taro Daniel 6-1 6-3 6-1 before Kei Nishikori withstood a fierce challenge from Dan Evans to win 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7/3).

Murray's match was his first since becoming a father nearly a month ago and he was wary of committing to doubles as well as singles beforehand, but captain Leon Smith confirmed the plan is for the brothers to team up as they did successfully on three occasions last year.


Prime minister congratulates Davis Cup winners

Prime minister David Cameron has met Great Britain's triumphant Davis Cup team at 10 Downing Street.

Team captain Leon Smith paraded the trophy alongside his team and Cameron after beating Belgian over the weekend.

British No.1 Andy Murray won his two single matches in Gent, as well as teaming up with brother Jamie for a victorious doubles match, as Great Britain won the trophy for the first time in 79 years.

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