The Lawn Tennis Association should be delighted by Great Britain’s favourable Davis Cup draw, given the vast sums on offer to both players and federations at the new-look finals week in November.
Each team’s members will share a pot of US$600,000 (£479,000) for showing up, which grows to $1 million (£780,000) at the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, the federations will earn a minimum of $300,000 (£234,000) apiece, growing to $600,000 (£468,000) for nations who reach the knockout stage.
Great Britain were seeded at No 5 out of the 18 nations invited to the finals week, partly as a result of winning the competition in 2015. This helped them earn winnable-looking round-robin ties on Thursday against Kazakhstan and Holland.
There has been extensive discussion as to whether the leading names will show up in Madrid for the finals week, which runs from Nov 18-24, and thus lies at least three weeks outside the regular season for most players.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev have already made sceptical noises, perhaps because they are all keener on rival team competitions such as the Laver Cup or the first ATP Cup. But with such hefty sums on offer, only the most successful are likely to feel that they can turn down a Davis Cup appearance.