Great Britain will be stronger for 2020 Davis Cup, says captain Leon Smith
Leon Smith believes Great Britain can return to Madrid after missing out on a place in the past, using an even more powerful Davis Cup group.
Britain came agonisingly close to emulating their historical success in 2015 in the new-look finals week, despite leaving out Andy Murray for everyone but one match because of a lack of fitness.
They were edged out in spectacular fashion in a deciding doubles rubber by Spain from the semi-finals, using Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski incapable to carry four set points.
However, Britains run, that attracted victories over Holland, Kazakhstan and Germany, revealed the enhanced strength in depth the nation now has – albeit just at the very top level – by 3 top 100 players in singles in Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie plus a raft of doubles options.
Captain Smith will observe a few years and that he considers next season could be an extremely positive one for Britains leading men.
The Scot said:Everybody got their distinct journey to go on, but I believe we should be excited by what we have in British tennis.
Andy will proceed on his trip coming back and keep building momentum, which is going to be fascinating to see.
Kyle, he will be disappointed with how his year gone, obviously, and then you have a take a look at the player hes been at Paris and the player he has been here.
He should be extremely motivated, whats potential for him to move up the rankings. He looks like he is in a location that was fantastic and because theres so much in his game, got a brand new training team. So I expect to see some progress .
Evo (Evans) had a fantastic year coming back and getting his ranking around the 40 mark, was not that far from being clubbed in slams, which is a fantastic work. Thats what hell be looking to do – to stabilise and attempt to move in towards nearer the 30 mark.
Weve got so many different things going. I think its good. And everyone can just keep on that path and we come back here next year – we have a very powerful team – but hopefully even stronger.
Edmund was their Davis Cups celebrity from a British Viewpoint. Having only been included from the team on after ending an eight-match losing streak, he won three of the singles matches in straight sets and looked back to the form which made him a top 20 player last year.
Hell join with Argentine coach Franco Davin for pre-season, also Evans expects to get British business in the upper 50 very shortly.
What hes done in the past two months was outstanding to get himself back, said that the British number one.
I have seen it first hand. Hes worked hard. And to flip around it and keep the calendar year, where people could have only stopped going, hes come here, and what he has done, hes looked back to a player .
Its great to be on his side. but hopefully I really dont see a lot of him. I believe hes going to do fairly good.
The British team have spoken about the Davis Cup styled the World Cup of Tennis, even though they werent helped by a schedule that left them playing with four days in a row.
Encouraging more enthusiasts to travel are also a priority for the following year but Britain ended on a high concerning atmosphere pitch for the doubles.
Playing with the doubles because the deciding rubber has been among the huge successes of this new format, and Jamie Murray explained:It was a great atmosphere. It had been exciting to be a part of it.
I think it highlighted how thrilling doubles is and how good a sport it is. I believe everybody that would have been there at the scene and folks who watched at home would have appreciated that match for everything that itd.
Im obviously really frustrated that we did not find a way to get one of the sets. That one will hurt for just a while. But it is a match which Im sure I will remember when I finish my career.