Clay is chosen
As expected France, the Davis Cup finalists of 2014, have gone for indoor clay for their quarter-final clash with Britain in April
At present Murray is expected to return to Davis Cup duty having sat out the opening round against Canada, but it isnÈt certain
The French Tennis Federation have announced that they will host their quarter-final Davis Cup match with Britain on the indoor clay courts of Rouen.
Their choice of surface is not a surprise as all the British team members are not enamored with that surface and that includes Andy Murray, despite the British number one winning in Rome last year and reaching the final of the French Open a few weeks later, when he faced Novak Djokovic on both occasions.
At present Murray is expected to return to Davis Cup duty having sat out the opening round against Canada, but it isnÈt certain as he has a heavy schedule in the States where a lot of points are at stake in his quest to remain the worldÈs number one.
He is playing outdoors on the hardcourts of Miami which finishes only five days before the crucial tie so it wouldnÈt really give him enough time to readjust to clay that is, of course, if he goes far into the tournament.
The tie, which is being played over the weekend beginning April 7, is a repeat of the two nations meeting at this stage of the competition in 2015 (when Britain went on to win the Cup) with Murray contributing all three of the points required for victory.
The surface then was the grass courts of QueenÈs which is MurrayÈs most favored surface so the home team were always favourites. The situation is now reversed for France (who beat Japan 4-1 in their opening first round tie) have 11 men in the top 100 as against BritainÈs three, as well as the numbers one and two in doubles, namely Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert.
Britain will definitely need the services of Murray if Team GB is to make any further progress in this yearÈs competition for neither Kyle Edmund or Dan Evans have excelled on clay.