London, Nov 17 (IANS) World No.2 tennis player Andy Murray said on Tuesday he doesn’t want to be in a state of fear each time he gets on to the court ahead of the Davis Cup final match between Great Britain and hosts Belgium to be held in Ghent from November 27 to 29.
Ghent is a city 35 miles from Molenbeek, the municipality in Belgium’s capital city Brussels, which is at the focus of a manhunt for one of the suspects involved in the Paris terror attacks. “I don’t want to live in fear each time I step on a court,” Murray was quoted as saying by times.co.uk on Tuesday.
The aftereffects of the Paris attack has already accounted for Tuesday’s football friendly match between Belgium and Spain, scheduled to be held in Brussels, that was cancelled because of security reasons.
The 28-year-old Scott has been named in the provisional five-man squad for the tie against Belgium. Besides Murray, James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot are also on the list for Great Britain’s final against Belgium.
The Belgium government has raised the terror threat level to three in the country, and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) president, David Haggerty, said security would be increased for their forthcoming tournaments. “Following the tragic events over the last few weeks all sporting events require heightened levels of security and this includes the Fed Cup and Davis Cup finals,” Haggerty was quoted as saying by The Times.
“For our finals and other International Tennis Federation events, we follow a rigorous process that
includes regular consultation with our experts to ensure we take every precaution to safeguard our events, fans and players,” he added.