Davis Cup Final 2015: Venue, Scheduled Dates, More for Belgium vs. Great Britain

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2015

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 20 :  Andy Murray of Great Britain in action during his singles match against Bernard Tomic of Australia on the third day of the Davis Cup Semi Final 2015 between Great Britain and Australia at the Emirates Arena on September 20, 2015 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Belgium have confirmed Ghent's 13,000-capacity Flanders Expo as the venue for next month's Davis Cup final against Great Britain.

The news was confirmed on the tournament's website, and as expected, the Belgian team have opted to play indoors on a drop-in clay court in an attempt to neutralise Britain's star man Andy Murray on his least favourite surface.

Britain are appearing in their first Davis Cup final since 1978 and will be hosted by Belgium—last finalists in 1904—on November 27, 28 and 29.

Murray has been the driving force behind Britain's Davis Cup fortunes in 2015, posting a perfect record so far:

The world No. 3 won both his singles matches and a mammoth doubles encounter alongside his brother, Jamie, as GB beat Australia in the semi-finals last weekend.

Belgium confirmed their place in the final with a tight 3-2 victory over Argentina, with Steve Darcis and world No. 15 David Goffin claiming the last two singles wins to seal the triumph.

Murray indicated after the victory over Australia that he may miss this year's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in order to prepare for the Davis Cup final if it were on clay, per BBC Sport's Russell Fuller:

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However, the Scot is reconsidering his position on this front following comments from ATP President Chris Kermode which suggested Murray would be expected to appear at the "mandatory" London event if fully fit, per Kevin Mitchell in the Guardian.

The World Tour Finals—an elite hard-court tournament comprising only the world's top eight players—finishes this year on November 22.

Members of Belgium's Davis Cup team (LtoR) captain Johan Van Herck and players  David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans give a press conference two days ahead of the World group semi-final match between Belgium and Argentina, on S
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If Murray were to reach the final, he would have only a very short time to recover for the Davis Cup and make his preparations on clay.

Great Britain's Davis Cup team were in the doldrums when Leon Smith took over the captaincy in 2010.

His first task in charge was to oversee a clash against Turkey at Eastbourne, which if they had lost would have seen them relegated to the tournament's lowest tier.

Great Britain have beaten the US, France and the Aussies on their way to the final and they now have a brilliant chance to claim their first Davis Cup victory since Fred Perry led a team to glory in 1936.

In Darcis and Goffin Belgium have two high-quality players. However, Murray would expect to beat both of them, even on clay. 

Add Jamie Murray to the equation—the seventh-ranked doubles player in the world—and Great Britain are surely favourites to prevail in November.