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21 February 2014

Naples chosen as quarterfinal venue


Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, Italy

The Tennis Club Napoli, situated on the Naples coastline, will host the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal between Italy and Great Britain on 4-6 April.

The last time a Davis Cup tie was held in Naples was the 2012 World Group play-off between Italy and Chile, which Italy won 4-1.

The two nations have met 15 times previously, with Italy leading the head-to-head 11-4. Italy have also won 10 of the last 11 meetings. However, the last time the two nations met was back in 1984, when current captain Corrado Barazzutti won the deciding fifth rubber for the Italians.

It will be an historic day for the British team, who are through to the World Group quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, before current world No. 7 and British No. 1 Andy Murray was born.

Italy will be contesting their second consecutive World Group quarterfinal and will be determined to improve on last year's 3-1 loss away to Canada with a strong performance in front of their own fans.

The tie will be played outdoors on clay - the Italian team's preferred surface and widely considered to be Great Britain's weakest, although Leon Smith's men come into the tie off the back of an impressive first round win over USA on clay in San Diego.

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