Tennis - British Eurosport agrees Davis Cup rights

British Eurosport has signed a new three-year deal with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to broadcast live coverage of its international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and the Hopman Cup.

Tennis - British Eurosport agrees Davis Cup rights

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Czech Republic's team members Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, captain Vladimir Safarik, Tomas Berdych, and Jan Hajek (L-R) pose with the Davis Cup trophy (Reuters)

This includes all ties featuring the GB team in the Davis Cup and Fed Cup World Group and Davis Cup Zone Group.

Live coverage begins with Great Britain’s return to the World Group of Davis Cup after an absence of six years when they face USA in the first round in San Diego from January 31. On the same weekend, there will also be extensive live coverage of the France v Australia first round tie.

British Eurosport Managing Director David Kerr said: “We're really excited to be continuing our coverage of the Davis, Fed and Hopman Cups for the next three years, especially with the inclusion of all the British team ties.

“It adds to an already very strong tennis portfolio that includes the Australian, French and US Opens. It's great to be showing GB's return to the Davis Cup World Group with what should be a thrilling match in the US and let’s hope the team can progress even further!”

Speaking after his studio analyst duties for British Eurosport’s Australian Open coverage, former British Davis Cup player Greg Rusedski said: “It’s a very exciting tie because the last time we played them was in Birmingham in 1999 when we lost in the deciding rubber which I lost to Jim Courier in a five-set epic so it would be nice to win away in America in San Diego.

“It’s going to be a tough tie for Great Britain but the good news is Andy Murray is looking fit and healthy at the moment. It will be great for Great Britain if Andy was to start the tie and get GB 1-0 up which would take the pressure off the second singles player in the second match.

"It’s about dealing with the pressure and dealing with the situations and making sure your players are prepared and that’s something Leon Smith is good at. He does all the scouting, all the tactics and trains them so the GB team will be well prepared for the tie.

“I think it’s very important tie for Great Britain. If you beat America it gets more people behind the national team. I think it will also get more people involved in the game because tennis is almost always an individual sport and the only time it becomes a team sport is during the Davis Cup.

"If all of a sudden GB were to beat America and get into the quarter-finals - which hasn’t happened in a long time - that would get into the public’s conscience and people who don’t necessarily watch tennis would get more involved in it.”

British Eurosport’s coverage of the Davis Cup continues on Friday January 31 with coverage from both the France v Australia and USA v Great Britain World Group first round ties, with Fed Cup World Group coverage the following week.

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