Leon Smith has referred to as for the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) at hand Nice Britain a wildcard for the new-look Davis Cup, after his aspect secured a seeding in qualifying by beating Uzbekistan on Sunday.
The staff captain was delighted that his unfamiliar aspect got here up trumps in a Three-1 win – a victory that ought to guarantee Britain face a weaker staff in February’s qualifying course of.
Whereas Britain could be closely fancied to return by nearly all of the qualification ties that could possibly be thrown up, two nations will be part of semi-finalists France, Spain, Croatia and the USA in heading straight into the week-long finals.
The ITF will announce the recipients of their two wildcards within the coming 10 days, with Switzerland anticipated to be a kind of chosen to get direct entry.
Nice Britain vs Uzbekistan
Nice Britain Three-1 Uzbekistan
Dan Evans 7-6 (7-Four) Four-6 Zero-6 6-Four 7-5 Denis Istomin
Jurabek Karimov 6-Zero 7-5 6-7 6-2 6-Zero Cam Norrie
Murray/Inglot Four-6 7-6 (10-Eight) 6-2 6-Three Istomin/Fayziev
Cam Norrie 6-2 6-2 6-2 Sanjar Fayziev
Nevertheless, the second spot is considered very a lot up for grabs and Smith believes 2015 champions Nice Britain needs to be one of many primary contenders.
‘Necessary factor was to get a seeding to keep away from the strongest nations, though I feel it is going to be fascinating to see how the attracts pan out with among the outcomes,’ he mentioned.
‘It’s going to be fascinating to see what the ITF do. They clearly despatched spherical their descriptor of how the factors was going to work for the wildcards. It’s going to be very fascinating to see how they allocate it.
‘It feels just like the wildcards are going to be a difficult one for them to determine to allocate earlier than the qualies. It’s troublesome to have goal standards.
‘I’m actually to see how they do it and their justification for who they offer the wildcards to.
‘Clearly we’d be a powerful candidate based mostly on the final three or 4 years within the competitors, how we’ve hosted ties. Undecided what else goes into it however unsure many different nations would have gotten Three,300 children in for a children day midweek to do one thing for a Davis Cup tie. Will probably be fascinating.’
Ought to Britain be granted a wildcard, there could be no likelihood of a house tie in 2019, with the finals anticipated to be hosted in Madrid.
Even when the Brits do find yourself enjoying a qualifying match and get a house draw, it’s understood that it received’t be held in Scotland.