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British team lands in Belgium for Davis Cup despite terror fears

Belgium has been put on the highest alert level with schools closed and football games cancelled.

Arrival: Great Britain's Davis Cup squad have reached Belgium ahead of this week's final.
Arrival: Great Britain's Davis Cup squad have reached Belgium ahead of this week's final. © SNS Group

Great Britain's Davis Cup final team have landed in Belgium despite the International Tennis Federation expressing "great concern" over the raised terror threat in Brussels.

The city was put on its highest alert level on Saturday because of a "serious and imminent" threat, with the public told to avoid crowded places. 

The metro system in Brussels was closed over the weekend, football matches have been cancelled and schools have been closed until further notice. 

The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain is due to take place next weekend in Ghent, some 35 miles from Molenbeek, where police had been hunting one of the last suspects from the Paris terror attacks.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), which organises the competition, has been in discussions with Belgian authorities since it emerged that Brussels was at the centre of the terrorist plot that led to the attacks on Paris.

A total of 21 people have been arrested in Belgium and 19 properties have been raided since the attacks just over a week ago. 

Captain Leon Smith and his players, led by Andy Murray, had been due to fly to Belgium on Sunday, but delayed their departure by a day because of the security situation.

Flanders Airport tweeted on Monday that the team have arrived. 

The Davis Cup final is being held in Ghent from Friday to Sunday and the 13,000-seat Flanders Expo is sold out for all three days of the final, with more than 1000 British fans due to attend.

Andy Murray, who is seeded number two in world rankings,  previously said he would not be cowed by terrorism, adding: "I don't want to live in fear each time I step on a court".

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