International tennis will return to the Northwest with Great Britain's tie against Poland in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas which will be held in Liverpool for the first time in the event's history. The AEGON GB Davis Cup team will take on Poland in the Euro/Africa Group I relegation tie from 18th-20th September at the Echo Arena Liverpool.
The tie will be played on an indoor hard court with an arena capacity of 4,000 to 5,000. Great Britain has played Poland seven times in the Davis Cup competition with Britain winning all previous ties. The last tie was held in Poland in 1991 with Great Britain defeating Poland 4-1.
John Lloyd, AEGON GB Davis Cup captain, said: "Liverpool is a fantastic city with a rich sporting pedigree and I'm very excited to be taking the tie to the Northwest. I am delighted that the City is so keen to host what will be a difficult tie for us and we will need the support of a vocal crowd if we are going to maintain our place in Group 1 in 2010."
Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: "To stage this crucial Davis Cup tie is a huge coup for Liverpool and underlines the city's reputation as a natural home for world class events. I'm sure this fantastic sporting occasion will be a smash hit and one that will strengthen our claim to be the tennis capital of the north."
The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has worked with the council to bring the event to Liverpool and is also sponsoring the event.
Peter Mearns, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the NWDA, said: "The Davis Cup is a highly prestigious event, the fact that it is coming to Liverpool for the first time demonstrates how the city has gained a reputation as a perfect place to hold successful international events. Hosting the Davis Cup will raise the profile of Liverpool and England's Northwest even further, and hopefully attract even more major events to the city.
"Liverpool is famous for its love of sport and I am delighted we have been able to work with all concerned to bring this fantastic competition here."
Tim Banfield, General Manager of The Echo Arena, said: "Sport is fundamental to the program at the Echo Arena Liverpool and the team is delighted to be hosting the Davis Cup in September. We look forward to welcoming tennis fans from all over the country to enjoy this crucial home tie."
Tickets for the Great Britain versus Poland tie will be available from the Echo Arena Box Office from 20th May on 0844 8000 400 and online at www.echoarena.com.