Davis Cup: Queen's Club to stage GB quarter-final with France

Andy Murray seals Davis Cup 2015 quarter-final place for Great Britain

Great Britain have chosen to face France on the grass courts of Queen's Club in July's Davis Cup quarter-final.

The London club has been confirmed as the venue for Britain's first home quarter-final since 1986.

Andy Murray, the British number one and former Wimbledon champion, had expressed a preference for facing the French on grass.

"Queen's will be a perfect venue for our quarter-final match against France," said Murray.

"I've been playing at Queen's for 10 years now so I feel very at home there, as do the rest of the British team, so it's a great choice."

The tie will begin just 26 days after the Aegon Championships, the annual Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's.

Home advantage?
The last time Britain played a home quarter-final in the Davis Cup was 29 years ago, when the team of Jeremy Bates, Andrew Castle and Colin Dowdeswell lost 4-1 to Australia's Pat Cash, Paul McNamee and John Fitzgerald at Wimbledon.

Britain reached the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the second year running with a 3-2 win over the United States in Glasgow last month.

James Ward, the British number three, played a leading role in that victory and is a former semi-finalist at the Aegon Championships.

"We all think that Queen's is a great choice for Davis Cup," said the Londoner.

"Andy has won the tournament three times, I got to the semi-finals a few years ago and the doubles guys have done well there too, so it feels very natural for us to want to play Davis Cup at a venue where we all feel very comfortable."

Britain lost in the quarter-finals away to Italy on clay last year, and will return to Queen's for the first time since a 5-0 defeat by France in 1990.

BBC Sport's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
"The capacity will be limited to around seven thousand and - while there is no doubt more seats could be sold - Queen's definitely represents the best grass-court option available."

"The grass courts at Queen's are some of the best in the world and our team will look to use the courts and the passionate home crowd to full advantage," said captain Leon Smith.

"The atmosphere and crowd support will be vital."

The last time Britain reached the Davis Cup semi-finals was 1981, when they lost 5-0 to Argentina in Buenos Aires.

A victory over France would set up a semi-final against Australia or Kazakhstan in September.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Julien Benneteau, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Nicolas Mahut of France
France beat Germany 3-2 in Frankfurt to reach the quarter-finals

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