Andy Murray has decided not to play in next week’s Davis Cup tie due to be played in Glasgow against Uzbekistan, as has Kyle Edmund. Both withdrawals have the full support of Leon Smith, the Davis Cup captain.
The tie will be last home tie played under the traditional Davis Cup format as, from next year, the ITF are introducing a new controversial structure.
I had spoken to our captain, Leon, about possibly coming to just play doubles but having been recommended to take a couple of weeks off hitting to continue my reconditioning I didn't want to just show up not ready to perform to a high enough standard and ultimately let my teammates/country down Andy Murray
The reason behind the players’ decision is their current fitness situations. Murray is still struggling to regain his following his hip operation last January and wishes to remain in the US to continue his rehabilitation.
Edmund though, is suffering some tonsillitis problems which has affected his strength and stamina, as seen at the US Open last week.
Consequently, Britain will be represented by Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Jay Clarke, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.
The change of format which will see the competition become an 18-team tournament at the end of the season, means the meeting with Uzbekistan is essentially a dead rubber, with relegation from the World Group no longer a threat. A win though would ensure a seeding in next year’s opening clashes for a place in the final week.
Explaining his decision in a long Instagram message, Murray wrote: “I just wanted to write a quick message to apologise to the British Davis cup team and all the fans who are coming to watch in Glasgow and support on tv.
“I have genuinely loved competing in this Davis cup format over the course of my career and have had some of the most memorable and special moments (the lob) of my career competing for my country.
“With this possibly being my last chance to compete in Scotland as a professional I really wanted to be there with team and found this decision emotionally quite challenging.
“I had spoken to our captain, Leon, about possibly coming to just play doubles but having been recommended to take a couple of weeks off hitting to continue my reconditioning I didn’t want to just show up not ready to perform to a high enough standard and ultimately let my teammates/country down.
“If I don’t get the chance to compete in Scotland again I just want to say thank you so much to all the fans who have come along to watch and support the team over the years. You have created some incredible atmospheres for me and the team to play in and I will always remember that.
“Having been born in Glasgow and growing up in Scotland I would never have imagined I would see such passionate fans packing out stadiums for tennis matches. Playing with my Big Bro in those stadiums has been very very special.”