Ordinary British tennis fans face a Wimbledon-type scramble for Davis Cup quarter-final tickets this summer and are likely to end up with less than half the overall allocation.
There will be a capacity of 7,000 for July’s match against France at London’s Queen’s Club, but well under 3,000 tickets may be available to the kind of supporters who created such an electric atmosphere in Glasgow for last month’s first round.
The rest will go to various organisations and governing bodies, with a considerable percentage going to well-heeled Queen’s members as part of the deal to play the tie there.
The Lawn Tennis Association acceded to the wishes of Andy Murray and GB Captain Leon Smith to play the tie on grass, which they feel best enhances their chances in what is a first Davis Cup quarter final staged at home in 29 years.
That very much narrowed down the choice of venues for the tie that begins just five days after Wimbledon. The All England Club was never an option due to the stress the grass courts take during The Championships and ongoing development work there.
A by-product is that tickets are likely to be as scarce as they are for the big fortnight. Sponsors plus organisations such as the LTA, Wimbledon, the International Tennis Federation and the French Federation have to be catered for.
Queen’s members will also have a considerable allocation as the tie means the stands there being up nearly all summer, with the AEGON Championships taking place in the middle of June as the main warm-up for SW19.
The above will have until May 27 to take up or return their tickets, with only around 2,500 guaranteed to reach the ordinary public. A minimum 2,000 per day will then go on sale to those who are British Tennis Members – something that anyone can become by joining free – while at least 500 will go to supporters who have travelled abroad in recent years to support the British team.
‘We have obligations to certain groups within the tennis family,’ said an LTA spokesman. ‘There are restrictions on numbers at the venue and we have to work within that.’
Andy Murray, who has won the AEGON title three times, will lead the GB team in the match that takes place from July 17-19. France have seven singles players in the world’s top 50, with their best grass court player Jo Wilfried Tsonga having just recovered from injury.
The former Wimbledon champion – currently practising in Spain before beginning his Spring clay court campaign – is pleased with the venue, and may be called upon to play doubles as well as two singles matches.

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