The 2018 Davis Cup, the most significant annual sports competition, started on February 2nd with 130 contestants. We already have eight winning teams from the World Group that moved into the quarter-final stage and four teams in the semi-finals, consequently. Unfortunately, Britain falls into the group of eight World Group nations that lost in the first round of the competition. Leon Smith’s team will now compete in the World Group playoffs against Uzbekistan.
Britain played in the World Group first round tie against Spain between 2nd and 4th February. Britain’s team lost to Spain 1-3. Before this clash, Britain played against Spain in 1986 when Spain came out of the match as the losing side. Premier UK betting sites favoured Spain to win the first round, even though Britain defeated Spain the last three times the two countries met.
This time around, with England’s Kyle Edmund absent, Spain was the one to move to the quarter-finals. After defeating Germany, Spain is in the Davis Cup semi-finals.
The World Group playoffs are scheduled for September 14th to 16th. In this stage of the competition, we’ll see 16 countries play for a spot in the 2019 Davis Cup. Britain ought to win Uzbekistan if they want to secure their place for the next Davis Cup competition.
Britain is expected to triumph in the upcoming match with Uzbekistan. Current Britain’s number one, Edmund, should be back for the game. Moreover, we could also expect Britain’s talisman, Andy Murray to join Britain’s team. Britain would then have two players who are in the world’s top 300. On the other hand, Uzbekistan only has Denis Istomin who ranks 83rd.
According to the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, Britain currently holds the fifth position. Even though we won’t see Britain in the final stages of the Davis Cup, the 107th edition of the competition will surely bring us great play and a lot of excitement.