If you’re thinking of putting a bet on the Davis cup 2017, then you need to make sure you know everything you can about the players involved. The final commences between 24-26 November, with France squaring off against Belgium and it’s well worth knowing who came before so you can get an informed view on which team is likely to rise to the top.
First we have France, who played against Serbia in their semi-final. The last time these two teams clashed was the 2010 final in Belgrade which the hosts won in a tie in which both teams put in an incredible performance. This time though, France was the clear 3-1 winner and the clear favourite along the way. A team with the likes of Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga and Lucas Pouille are widely expected to beat Belgium.
Tsonga played a solid game against Laslo Djere and the duo of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert brought them all the way through to the final. France is looking strong going in with an excellent team and a comfortable win under their belts.
In contrast, Belgium went up against Australia, and while the 3-2 win was impressive, the stand out performance was from David Goffin. The current world number 8 sustained an injury at the US Open in August that left his participation in the semi-final in doubt but the valiant Belgian stepped up and gave a performance described by his team-mates (and himself) as the “best of his” life against favourite, Nick Kyrgios. The victory was narrow but inspiring and gives hope they may yet upset France.
The final is set to take place on French soil, at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, in Lille France. The Davis Cup, affectionately nicknamed the World Cup of Tennis, has a long history of such dramatic and decisive matches, ever since it was started in 1900 as a one-off with the Americans playing the British. Since then, the tournament has exploded and now boasts 130 different countries as participants.
To give you a breakdown of Great Britain’s participation in the Davis Cup over the years, betting exchange Betfair have put together the following graphic: