Thursday 29 September 2016

Great Britain's Davis Cup team travel to Belgium amid continuing security fears

Eleanor Crooks

Published 22/11/2015 | 14:22

Great Britain's Davis Cup team have delayed travelling to Belgium until Monday amid continuing security fears but are still planning to play in the final.
Great Britain's Davis Cup team have delayed travelling to Belgium until Monday amid continuing security fears but are still planning to play in the final.

Great Britain's Davis Cup team have delayed travelling to Belgium until Monday amid continuing security fears but are still planning to play in the final.

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The terror alert level in Brussels, where the team were due to fly to, was raised to the highest category on Saturday because of a "serious and imminent" threat of a Paris-style attack.

The search for a man believed to be one of the masterminds of the atrocities in the French capital continues in the Brussels area.

Soldiers are patrolling the streets and the city's metro system was shut for a second day on Sunday while several sporting events were cancelled.

Ghent, where the Davis Cup final is being held, is only 35 miles from Brussels and the Foreign Office updated its guidance for the country, advising visitors not to go to places with large numbers of people.

The 13,000-seat Flanders Expo is sold out for all three days of the final, which begins on Friday, with more than 1,000 British fans due to attend.

International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said on Saturday he was "greatly concerned" by developments but that preparations for the tie would continue.

The change of plans should not affect Britain's preparations given they would not have been able to practise on site in Ghent until Monday anyway.

The team instead stayed together in London for a day of practice on clay, with all members understood to be happy to travel to Belgium on Monday.

The alert level in Ghent is category three, the same as London, and sporting events there have been held this weekend including the Ghent Six, a large annual cycling competition.

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