Belgium’s finest tennis players have been pounding the clay in preparation for this weekend’s Davis Cup final against Great Britain in Ghent.
The nation’s hopes of victory lie with number one David Goffin and number two Steve Darcis.
Goffin has won 11 of the 13 Davis Cup singles rubbers he has contested, but was beaten on the Tour by Cup rival Andy Murray in Paris last month.
Goffin said: “The day I played Andy in Bercy it was a day off for me. I didn’t play really well but Andy was really aggressive, he played an unbelievable match there.”
The 24 year-old, however, remained optimistic about his chances against Murray this time, on clay and in front of his home support.
He added: ‘‘It’s other conditions here, it’s a completely different match, another surface. I just have to forget this match (in Paris) and think about the matches of this weekend.”
Belgium are competing in their first Davis Cup final in 111 years having beaten defending champions Switzerland, Canada and four-time finalist Argentina on their way.
And victory will provide a welcome relief to a nation whose capital Brussels is slowly coming back to life after days of lockdown due to the threat of terrorist attacks.