Great Britain will play the Davis Cup finals behind closed doors after national lockdown in Austria as Cameron Norrie and Co look to progress to the knockouts in Madrid
- The Great Britain team will play next week’s Davis Cup finals behind closed doors
- Austria announced a 20-day lockdown amid rising Covid cases on Thursday
- Leon Smith’s side are looking to make it through the group stages next weekend
- If they progress, they will play in the knockout phase in Madrid several days later
The Great Britain team are set to play next week’s Davis Cup finals behind closed doors after Austria announced a national lockdown.
Leon Smith’s side are in the group stages taking place in Innsbruck next weekend, with the hope that they will progress to the knockout phase several days later, which is being hosted in Madrid.
Amid spiralling Covid cases the Austrian government on Thursday decreed that the country will go back into a 20-day lockdown, stopping crowds attending.
The GB team were cheered on in 2019 but will play behind closed doors in Austria this year
Leon Smith’s (R) side are looking to progress from the group stages next weekend in Austria
It is a huge blow for the relatively new format, which is promoted by the Kosmos sports marketing company that has Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique at its helm.
Cam Norrie will be GB’s highest ranked singles player, and on Friday night he will play Novak Djokovic in his role as an injury replacement at the ATP Finals in Turin. With Djokovic already qualified for the weekend semi-finals it would be a dead rubber.
Second seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are through to the doubles semi-finals after yesterday beating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5 2-6 11-9.
British No 1 Cameron Norrie (above) will be Great Britain’s highest ranked singles player