London - Andy Murray will lead Britain's bid for a first Davis Cup win since
1936 in Belgium later this month with James Ward and Kyle Edmund in
contention for the second singles spot.
The 28-year-old Scot has won all eight of his rubbers this year - six
singles and two doubles - en route to Britain's first final since 1978,
defeating the United States, France and Australia.
But his preparations for the November 27-29 final on the slow
claycourt of Ghent have been hampered by his obligations to play in this
week's ATP World Tour finals on a hardcourt in London.
Team captain Leon Smith will look for Murray to bag two points from
his singles matches and also possibly link up with brother Jamie to
ensure what could be the clinching point in the doubles as they did
against Australia in the semi-finals.
Smith does not have to finalise his four-man line-up until a week on
Thursday, and is likely to see how Edmund and Ward perform in practice
on clay at the Flanders Expo before making a final decision.
Ward has been a key figure in the run to the final, claiming a vital
five-set win against John Isner during the first round tie against the
But 20-year-old Edmund has pushed himself into contention by winning a
Challenger title on clay in Buenos Aires on Sunday and is in line to
make his Davis Cup debut.
Dan Evans, who also won a title on Sunday, has been left out but was a
late inclusion for the semi-final against Australia so could
potentially still figure.
Smith, who took over the captaincy in 2010 for a playoff against
Turkey to avoid dropping into the bottom tier of the competition, said:
"It is an historic moment in British tennis and I'm delighted to name
these five players for the tie against Belgium.
"Andy has led from the front throughout this campaign, showing time and again what it means to him to pull on the GB jersey.
"He shows determination, commitment and passion that inspires the
other British players on the bench and our fantastic fans in the stands.
"The team has had some incredible results this year, and we know that
off the back of defeating the three other Grand Slam nations we carry
great momentum going into the final.
"However, we will not underestimate the challenge in front of us. The
Belgian team is full of top-100 talent and they will push us all the
The British team, announced to contest the Davis Cup final against Belgium in Ghent from November 27-29:
Andy Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dominic Inglot