Great Britain paired with Spain

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Great Britain have been handed a tough first round assignment in next year’s Davis Cup

The 2015 winners will begin their quest for further glory with an away trip to Spain in the first week of February.

It’s a match-up most British fans were keen to avoid and the tie will almost certainly be played on clay just five days after the completion of the Australian Open.

Although Kyle Edmund is most comfortable with red dirt beneath his shoes, it’s hard to imagine Andy Murray will be keen to change surface so soon after the first Grand Slam of the year - especially after his recent injury woes.

Spain, who have not lost a home tie in 18 years, reached the quarter-finals in the latest edition of the knock-out competition before being defeated Serbia.

Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Roberto Bautista Agut, Jaume Munar, Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez were all involved in their run to the last eight but Rafael Nadal did not take part.

It remains to be seen if the 16-time major winner will play for his country in 2018.

Elsewhere in the World Group, France will take on Netherlands, Japan will host Italy, Australia face Germany, Kazakhstan will challenge Switzerland, Croatia welcome Canada, Serbia encounter USA and Hungary and Belgium are also scheduled to meet.

Posted by: tennishead magazine

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