Security increased ahead of Davis Cup final


The International Tennis Federation (ITF) expects the Davis Cup final schedule to remain unaffected despite the on-going terror threat in Belgium.

Great Britain take on Belgium in the showpiece event of the 2015 competition in Ghent over three days, starting on Friday. However, preparations have been affected by the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Belgium's reported links to those responsible for the atrocities in the French capital have seen Brussels placed under the highest security alert, with many sporting events cancelled last weekend.

With Ghent close to the Belgian capital there had been concerns ahead of the final, but the ITF has strengthened security to ensure it goes ahead as planned.

"As of today [Monday] there are no changes to the previously published start times for the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain," they said in a statement.

"We are taking every necessary step to ensure the safety of the teams, the spectators, the media and all working staff.

"As you would expect, a number of specific, additional security measures have been put in place for this weekend's tie."

Great Britain - who delayed their arrival in Belgium by 24 hours due to the uncertainty - will not have former player Tim Henman in the crowd to support them, though.

Henman felt, in light of security concerns, the trip was "not worth the hassle" but believes Andy Murray can lead the visitors to their first title since 1936.

"I think Britain will win 3-1 but it won't be easy," he told The Times. "Given the atmosphere and the environment for the match in Belgium - 90 per cent of the support is going to be locals - I think that really will focus his [Murray's] mind. 

"I'm sure he'll continue as he has done all year and carry the team and do the job out there."