Thirty-one days after losing to Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup Finals, Great Britain are back in team competition at the 2022 ATP Cup. After one of the shortest off-season’s of all-time, the British team return to Australia as they look to build confidence ahead of their respective Australian Open campaigns with the first grand slam starting in 17 days. The line-up for Britain is the same one that featured in the Davis Cup Finals with Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans leading the singles line-up while Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray make a formidable doubles team.
Should there be any injuries or positive COVID tests then Liam Broadyis the fifth member of the team to fill any empty gaps. Ironically Britain face Germany in the first match of the group with the Germans this time having Olympic champion Alexander Zverev back in the team. The matches won’t get any easier for team GB with Canada and USA also featuring in the group stages with the winner of the group advancing into the semi-finals.
Norrie relishing new pressure
For Norrie this year sees a different pressure after his consistently good 2021 season ensures he enters the new season at 12 in the world.
Speaking ahead of the ATP Cup Norrie is relishing the new pressure, “A lot of the time last year, I was being the underdog, going out and hunting those guys. Whereas now, I think, some of the time, it’s going to be people hunting me,” Norrie told atpcup.com. “The pressure only gets more, but I’m looking forward to it. [I] feel good physically and [I’m] excited to kick off the year in such a great team event.”
The teams in the group stages mean that Norrie will face Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz in his singles matches and the Indian Wells champion only sees that as a positive.
“I think these are exactly the matches I want to be playing leading into the Australian Open, and no better way to do it. It’s going to be tough, but [I’m] really looking forward to it… I think I’m feeling good physically. [I’m] really enjoying my tennis. That’s been a big factor. [I’m] really looking forward to hopefully backing it up again next year.”
Britain’s opening match against Germany will take place at 6:30am UK time on the 2 January. The expected matches will see Jan-Lennard Struff take on Evans first which will be followed by Zverev against Norrie. The doubles match which is yet to be confirmed will follow.
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