People urged to back the British tennis team at Portsmouth activity day

Andy Murray is competing for Great Britain in the Davis Cup final
Andy Murray is competing for Great Britain in the Davis Cup final

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IT’S 37 years since the British team last reached the final of the Davis Cup, so a day of celebration is being planned to show Portsmouth’s support this time around.

The event, which is the most prestigious team competition in world tennis, will be shown on a big screen at The Pyramids in Southsea, while fun tennis-themed activities take place throughout Sunday afternoon.

The British team last lifted the trophy in 1936, but hopes are high that world number two Andy Murray and the Great British team will make history once again.

Ed Goodenough, technical and planning manager from Canoe Lake Leisure Ltd, which is organising the day, encouraged people to come down and show their support.

He said: ‘Portsmouth is fast becoming one of the flagship cities for tennis in the UK and so we’re planning a bit of an event for the final day of the final at The Pyramids.

‘There’ll be some pop-up tennis courts and a bouncy castle, which is all open to the public for free, plus we’ll have the tennis on a big screen.

‘We’ll be showing how Portsmouth backs the Brits.’

The Davis Cup final is being held from today until Sunday in Ghent’s Flanders Expo Centre, Belgium.

Around 13,000 people are expected at the sell-out event, despite the country being on a high terror threat alert.

A number of security measures have been brought in.

Ghent is category three, the same as London, and the British team arrived there safely on Monday after being delayed due to the attacks.

The tennis will be shown on BBC One and BBC Two tomorrow and Saturday, with the final singles match on Sunday on BBC Two from 11.45am to 3.15pm.

Great Britain has not lifted the trophy since Fred Perry’s heyday in 1936, although the odds for Great Britain to win this weekend stands at 2/7, with Belgium to win at 11/4.

Events at The Pyramids, in Clarence Esplanade, will take place on Sunday from midday until 4pm.

Mr Goodenough said: ‘It’s going to be great fun. Even if the weather’s cold or wet we’ll be having activities inside.

‘The kids will be entertained and we’ll be 
celebrating reaching the cup final.’

He reminded people to bring their racquets.