Great Britain and Poland will face off in the men’s semi-finals at the 2017 wheelchair tennis World Team Cup in Alghero, Italy, after securing their places on Thursday (4 May) to join defending champions France and Belgium.
The British team, led by Rio 2016 gold medallist Gordon Reid and world No.7 Alfie Hewett, defeated Austria 3-0 and finished top of Group B without losing a match. Poland ended first in Pool C following a 2-1 victory over South Korea.
Friday’s men’s semi-finals are also likely to feature a rematch of the Rio Paralympic men’s singles bronze medal match between France’s No. 1 Stephane Houdet and Belgium’s No. 3 Joachim Gerard.
“It’s always tricky, there are so many differences in the levels in the different groups, but we didn't feel too much pressure so far, though,” said Houdet.
“I just found out we play Belgium. Jo [Gerard] is strong but at the number two match we are probably winning.
“Everyone is thinking it will be a France-GB final and we are looking towards the men's final, which most likely will come down to final doubles match.”
The USA beat hosts Italy 3-0 to finish second in Pool A and qualify for the semi-finals, where they will play against Great Britain, who ended top of Pool B ahead of Japan. In the other semi-final, the Asian team will face Israel.
The 2017 wheelchair tennis World Team Cup semi-finals will be streamed online.
Full story can be found on the International Tennis Federation’s website.