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2004 Sep 30 - Davis Cup: GB to face Israel

Great Britain have been drawn against Israel in their Euro/Africa Zone group with he match set to take place in Tel Aviv on the 4-6th March 2005.

With the recent loss to Austria in the Elite 16 World Group Play-off, Great Britain will need to negotiate Israel in order to qualify for another Play-off. Jeremy Bates (GB Captain) was shell-shocked by the loss to Austria and will not be taking the tie lightly. He said:

"Sometimes we sit back and seem to think we should be in the World Group.

"There is a little bit of arrogance out there when there should be realism.

"We have no right to be up there in the World Group and there are so many countries out there like Israel who are very strong."

The future of British tennis looks promising with the emergence of US Open boys champion Andrew Murray, Wimbledon boys finalist Miles Kasiri and the resurgence of Alex Bogdanovic. Jeremy is keen to see them step up at senior level. He added:

"These guys have shown great promise and potential and now they have to take the big step from junior to senior tennis."

With instability in the Middle East the trip to Israel will involve increased security precautions. Of the forthcoming trip the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said:

"We will obviously be liaising with the Israeli Tennis Federation, the ITF and our own security consultants to ensure that security is at the level required. I have absolutely no doubt it will be."

And Jeremy Bates added:

"Security is obviously an issue when you go to Israel but I am not unduly concerned.

"Other countries have played there and I competed in a number of tournaments in Israel during my career.

"We will work closely with the Israeli Tennis Federation and take their advice."


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