Belgrade bound – Davis Cup quarter-final venue announced

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By Ros Satar

  • Venue announced by Serbia for forthcoming Davis Cup Quarter-final
  • Not surprisingly the Serbians opt for red clay

LONDON, UK – The LTA announced on Wednesday that the venue for the Davis Cup tie between Serbia and Great Britain will be Tasmajdan Stadium in Belgrade, on red clay.

Scheduled for the week after Wimbledon, and just ahead of a hectic hard court schedule that takes packs in Canada Masters, Rio Olympics, Cincinnati Masters and the small matter of the US Open. The court will be outdoors just a week after Wimbledon, with a capacity for 6,100.

The defending champions worked hard in their opening tie, with Andy Murray being pushed to five sets in his first match since losing the Australian Open and the birth of his daughter.

It is just the second time that the sides have met. Great Britain last faced Serbia in 2006, when teenagers Murray and Novak Djokovic both played a part with the Serbian winning both of his singles, as Serbia edged Great Britain 3-2. Serbia, who made their debut in the competition in 1995 went on to win the Davis Cup in 2010.

Aegon GB caption, Leon Smith told the LTA: “Now we know the surface and venue our preparations for the Serbia tie can go on to the next level. It is going to be an exciting contest in Belgrade and we can’t wait to get back together as a team and continue our defence of the title.”

The Serbian team will return to Belgrade, after recent home ties in Kraljevo and Novi Sad, with their most recent battle seeing them coming back from 1-2 down as Djokovic defeated Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in a marathon battle, before Viktor Troicki avenged his first rubber loss with a straight sets won to put Serbia through.

Of course Great Britain won the Davis Cup on clay, in the final, although they lost their last tie on outdoor clay, when they played the quarter-final in Italy, 2014.

The tie will take place between 15-17 July.