Constantino Parente: How did Great Britain do in the Davis Cup play-off against Uzbekistan and what does the result mean?

GREAT BRITAIN faced a tough weekend with their Davis Cup game against Uzbekistan.

Leon Smith’s side were knocked out of 2018 tournament in the first round by Spain meaning they had to play in the play-off stages of the competition.

Cameron Norrie got over his disappointment on Friday to show impressive form on Sunday
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How did Great Britain do in the Davis Cup?

Great Britain got off to a shaky start against Uzbekistan but Cameron Norrie got over his disappointment on Friday to secure victory for the former champions.

Game One Jurabek Karimov beats Cameron Norrie 0-6, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-2

Game Two Evans beats Denis Istomin 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5

Game Three Inglot and Jamie Murray beat Sanjar Fayziev and Denis Istomin 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2, 6-3

Game Four Cameron Norrie beats Sanjar Fayziev 6-2, 6-2, 6-0

It was decided after the fourth game that the fifth would not be played (both sides have the option to play the final game even when the result is decided).

What does the result mean for Great Britain?

The result means that Great Britain will be seeded in the new style Davis Cup in 2019.

The Davis Cup is having a complete change of format moving away from the four weekend events which are played at present.

From 2019 the event will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.

When is the 2019 Davis Cup?

The exact dates for the 2019 Davis Cup have not been announced yet but we do know the following:

  • Teams will play one week in February
    24 nations will compete in a home-or-away qualifying round with 12 winners advancing
  • The main competition will be held between November 18 and November 24, 2019 in either Madrid or Lille
    The 12 winners will be joined by the four semi-finalists from the previous year, along with two wild cards.
    Teams will be split into six, three-team groups for a round robin play involving two singles and one doubles match with the winners advancing to the single-elimination quarter finals.

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