Great Britain will host the Davis Cup final behind closed doors after the national lockdown in Austria

Great Britain will play the Davis Cup final behind closed doors after the national lockdown in Austria, while Cameron Norrie and Co. are trying to make it through to the round of 16 in Madrid

  • The British team will play the Davis Cup final behind closed doors next week
  • Austria announced a 20-day lockdown on Thursday amid rising Covid cases
  • Leon Smith’s team want to get through the group stage next weekend
  • If they progress, they will play in the knockout phase in Madrid a few days later

The British team will play the Davis Cup final behind closed doors next week after Austria announced a national lockdown.

Leon Smith’s team is in the group stage in Innsbruck next weekend, hoping to move into the knockout phase a few days later, which will be played in Madrid.

In the midst of increasing Covid cases, the Austrian government decreed on Thursday that the country would go back into a 20-day lockdown to stop the number of visitors.

The GB team was cheered on in 2019, but is playing behind closed doors in Austria this year

Leon Smith’s team (right) is trying to survive the group stage in Austria next weekend

It’s a big blow to the relatively new format promoted by the sports marketing company Kosmos, which is led by Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique.

Cam Norrie will be GB’s best placed single player and on Friday night he will play Novak Djokovic in his injured role at the ATP final in Turin.

Since Djokovic has already qualified for the semifinals at the weekend, it would be dead rubber.

Second seeded Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are in the doubles semi-finals on Thursday after beating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5, 2-6, 11-9.

Britain’s No. 1 Cameron Norrie (pictured) will be Britain’s top ranked single player

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