Brits getting wild about Davis Cup

Andy Murray celebrates with the GB team on winning the Davis Cup Final 2015

Andy Murray celebrates with the GB team on winning the Davis Cup Final 2015

Following the decision by the governing body, Britain - who won the title in 2015 and defeated Uzbekistan in Glasgow this month - will now not need to compete in February's qualifying round.

Those 18 nations will compete in six round-robin groups each comprising three teams, with each tie comprising two singles and one doubles match, all played on one day.

Great Britain and Argentina have been awarded wildcards for next year's revamped Davis Cup.

The steering committee has given wild cards to two nations with a rich Davis Cup history and a bit of star power.

There, GB and Argentina will join this year's four World Group semi-finalists, Croatia, France, Spain, and United States of America, along with the 12 winners from that Qualifier Draw on 1-2 February 2019.

The new format will see a group stage take place over the first four days, with the participating countries split into six groups of three.

"We are looking forward to being amongst the best of the best next year, creating more memories and inspiring our fans to get behind us and the team as we look to win the competition".

With the finals week to be played in either Lille or Madrid next year, the trip would not be a long one for British tennis lovers, although numerous staunchest fans have already expressed reservations about the new format.

Kosmos is promising to invest more than 90 million pounds into the Davis Cup and grassroots tennis.

Both GB and Argentina are recent champions, in 2015 and 2017 respectively, and both are now ranked within the top five nations.

The idea that two of the 18 teams at the Davis Cup finals would be hand-picked, rather than earning their place by right, is one of several aspects of the new proposals that have caused negative reactions around the sport.

12 of the nations will come into the finals from qualifiers that will take place in February.

Now GB and Argentina do not have to play in February's preliminary round, Switzerland and Australia will be seeded for those ties, which may increase the chances of Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios appearing in November.

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