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British Tennis back in the big time - but how will they fair?

The men who have helped Britain return to the world group (©GettyImages)
The men who have helped Britain return to the world group (©GettyImages).

Great Britain’s Davis Cup team will face the USA in their, after they completed their valiant return to the world group for the first time since 2008 last weekend.

The team inspired by the return of Andy Murray brushed aside Croatia on the clay courts of Umag prevailing 4-1 overall, but now Britain will once again rub shoulders with the strongest nations in the world.

Today’s draw will saw Britain paired against the USA from a pool of the Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain, Argentina, France, Canada or Kazakhstan.

In 2010 they were on the brink of dropping into the clutches of the Europe/ Africa group 3 along with the likes of Andorra, Liechtenstein and San Marino. However since the arrival of Captain Leon Smith, Britain have lost just one tie out of eight in their storming return to the world’s elite.

But now the question is how far can they go? In Murray, Britain have the third best player in the world and a Wimbledon champion. With the Scot in the side everyone can expect him to win both his singles match over a weekend, barring a tie against Spain or Serbia which could lead to mouth-watering match ups with either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

However Britain is no longer just about Murray, the Scot’s break from the competition after 2011 has allowed the rising talents of Dan Evans and James Ward to step up and prove their often questioned credentials.

Evans and Ward played heroic roles in GB’s memorable comeback from 2-0 down against Russia back in April; both triumphed over top 100 players to seal a 3-2 victory on the final day.

Britain also currently have six doubles players ranked inside the top 100, including 2012 Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray, Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins who is recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hopes to return to the tour in January.

Britain's tie with USA will be played in early February.

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