Written by Staff Writer
24 Nov, 2015 | 12:46 pm
Belgium organizers of a showpiece tennis event say there’s no need to panic over its staging despite the “serious and imminent” threat of a Paris-style attack in Brussels.
The city of Ghent, 35 miles from the Belgian capital, will host the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain tennis’ blue riband team competition between 27-29 November with 13,000 spectators attending each day.
Officials say they are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and implementing extra security measures with Ghent currently on the country’s second highest risk alert one below Brussels.
The British team that includes two-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is scheduled to travel to Ghent on Monday.
Kooken said new security arrangements would be conveyed to ticket holders, who will be asked to arrive earlier than usual and prevented from taking bags or backpacks into the venue.
International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty reiterated the security of players, fans and staff was its highest priority, and that dialogue with the relevant authorities is ongoing.
Britain is seeking a first Davis Cup win since 1936 against Belgium, who have only qualified for the final once before, in 1904.
Team GB will be led by Andy Murray, the current world No. 2, who is set to partner up with brother Jamie in the doubles.
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