BROADY SMILES

Davis Cup debut for Team Bath tennis ace...

TEAM Bath Tennis ace Liam Broady made his Davis Cup debut last week when he played the opening rubber in Great Britain’s match against Spain.

Broady was first on the outdoor clay court at the Puente Romano Sports Complex in Marbella where he faced Albert Ramos Vinolas, the current world No.21 who reached the last-32 at the 2018 Australian Open.

Broady produced an excellent attacking performance to make his opponent battle for more than two and-a-half hours before the Brit went down 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

The result may not have gone his way or for Great Britain overall but Broady was able to reflect with great pride on his Davis Cup debut.

“I’m pleased I did myself proud; I fought to the end but I’m absolutely gutted I didn’t win,” he said. “The thing to remember is that these guys are only human. I know they’ve got fantastic records on the clay but they are beatable.”

Former GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd was full of praise for the Team Bath player.

“Liam Broady embraced the situation; there was no freezing and I think he played above his level,” said Lloyd. “Even though the score looks reasonably comfortable, it certainly wasn’t.”

Britain now face a play-off in September which they need to win to stay in the World Group for 2019. Marcus Daniell, who, like Broady, is part of the Team Bath Interna tional High-Performance Tennis Academy, played in the Davis Cup for New Zealand.

He and Artem Sitak suffered a shock 6-4, 6-4 defeat in the doubles as New Zealand were beaten 3-1 in China.

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