Davis Cup finals to be ‘something special’ in memory of the Queen

The British team in Glasgow will wear black armbands or ribbons as a mark of respect

Jim van Wijk
Tuesday 13 September 2022 17:02 BST
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The Queen, who regularly attended the tennis at Wimbledon, will be honoured by the Great Britain Davis Cup squad (PA Wire/PA)
The Queen, who regularly attended the tennis at Wimbledon, will be honoured by the Great Britain Davis Cup squad (PA Wire/PA)

Great Britain captain Leon Smith feels the Davis Cup finals tournament in Glasgow offers the chance to put on “something special” in memory of the Queen.

The event takes place at the Emirates Arena from Wednesday until 18 September, with Great Britain facing the United States, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan as hosts in Group D.

Andy Murray, who was knighted in 2017, is part of the squad, with Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski also set to compete.

There will be a minute’s silence at the start of each day’s play, with the hosts facing the USA on Wednesday afternoon and the British team will wear black armbands or ribbons as mark of respect to the Queen, who died last Thursday.

“It’s been obviously a very difficult week for our nation,” Smith said a pre-tournament press conference in Glasgow.

“We have seen a lot of obviously coverage on the television, we are following it. It has been very sad and a very poignant moment for all of us.

“Obviously we have seen what has happened with the other sports, with cancellations or postponements, but I think it is an occasion that we can put on something special here.

“I think a lot of fans would like to come together at this time. Everyone will have their personal choice what to do, but from our end as hosts, I think it will be done very, very well and very respectfully.”

Glasgow-born Smith added: “It will be a positive tribute that we can provide both as an event, but also as representing Great Britain, as an opportunity for us to go out and do something for our nation again.”

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