Great Britain fell short in their attempt to retain the Davis Cup in 2016, losing in the semi-finals to Argentina, and they’ve been handed a potentially tricky first round draw in 2017.
The fixture with Canada will be the first time that the two nations have met in the Davis Cup since 1969, and Leon Smith’s team’s chances could rest on whether Canada’s star player Milos Raonic is available. If he is, then Great Britain could be in for a tough contest, as the world number four has beaten Murray on three occasions. Certainly, backing Canada, with home advantage and at likely bigger odds would be a tempting option.
If Great Britain do get past Canada, they will face a Quarter-Final tie with either Japan or France, with the French their most likely opponents. France haven’t won the Davis Cup since 2001, but they’ve been consistent performers in recent years and a team potentially featuring Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could present a formidable obstacle, and looking beyond France, the semi-final could involve an encounter with a Novak Djokovic-inspired Serbia, which will also be tough.
As ever in the Davis Cup, much will depend on Andy Murray’s fitness, but factoring in the possibility that he might miss at least one of the ties, this looks like a tough draw and taking short odds about Great Britain retaining their Davis Cup title looks like a risky option.