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The Davis Cup final will be played on a clay surface

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The hosts of the 2015 Davis Cup final, Belgium, have confirmed that their surface of choice will be clay.

The event will be held in the Flanders Expo Arena, Gent. The venue holds 13,000 and will no doubt prove to be a hostile atmosphere for the British team, who are looking to win the trophy for the first time in 79 years.

The British team made it through to the final when they beat Australia last weekend. It is unclear if the Great Britain's number one and talisman, Andy Murray, will miss out on the world tour finals that are due to be held just a week before the Davis Cup final.

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He had said earlier in the week that he may miss the season-ending event if Belgium picked clay, so he could prepare and become accustomed to the slower surface again. It was a comment that drew a statement from the ATP, which governs men's professional tennis.

ATP executive president, Chris Kermode, told the BBC, "The ATP world tour finals in a mandatory event on the ATP world tour. All players who qualify, unless injured, are required to compete in the event."

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The world number three hasn't commented on the issue since Kermode's statement, but he did Tweet: "So Gent on the clay for the Davis Cup final- very pumped. Think clay is a good surface for us."

Belgium has the home advantage because of the tournaments rotation system which sees country's alternate who hosts who. Great Britain hosted the last meeting between the two country's back in 2012, which gives the low country the honour for the final.

Britain will look to their head to head record against Belgium, which is 7-4 in their favor, instead of their last meeting where the Belgium side won 4-1.

The event will be held over the weekend 27-29th of November.

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