Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of Great Britain’s Davis Cup clash with the USA in the first of the competition’s group stage match-ups.
Andy Murray spoke ahead of the finals opener, which is being held in Glasgow at the Emirates Arena, and shared his intention for the team’s involvement in the competition to pay respects to the late Queen.
“It has obviously been a very sad week with the news about the Queen passing away,” Murray said.
“But I think here will be a chance for everyone to show how much she meant to everyone, and I’m sure there will be songs sang and minute’s silence observed.”
Great Britain’s participation in the Davis Cup is one of the first international competitions that the country has taken part in since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Their matches in Glasgow see the team, led by Leon Smith, of Murray, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski, play USA, Netherlands, and Kazakhstan.
Murray, Norrie and Evans all sit within the top 50 singles players in the world rankings. Jack Draper, currently ranked 46th, missed out on selection due to injury.
Doubles players Salisbury and Skupski both featured in the US Open doubles final, but as opponents: Salisbury, now world No 1, claimed the title with partner Rajeev Ram, who will be on the other side of the net representing USA this evening.
Team USA also features Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, and Jack Sock. Frances Tiafoe, who delighted as a US Open singles semi-finalist last week missed out on a place in the squad in August.
This year’s Davis Cup became the largest annual international sports competition when 148 countries entered the draw. As well as Glasgow, group stage matches are currently ongoing in Bologna, Valencia, and Hamburg.
Netherlands currently top Group D, having bested Kazakhstan 2-1 yesterday. Tallon Griekspoor beat Mihail Kukushkin 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, Botic van de Zandschlup beat Alexander Bublik 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, but Kazakhstan won the doubles 6-6, 1-6, 6-3, with the pairing of Bublik and Aleksandr Nedovyesov getting the better of Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop.