The world number one is set to miss out in the Davis Cup, as Tom Cann reports.
Oxshott based Sir Andy Murray has not been included in Great Britain’s Davis Cup team against Canada next week. Team captain Leon Smith has admitted that Murray may still be included, if the player decides he does want to compete.
Leon Smith explained his reasoning on leaving Murray out, telling the Guardian “Andy has been unbelievable for our team, but he played an awful lot of tennis, particularly in the last six months of the year”. Smith added “At some point, you need to take a break.”
The announcement came after Murray’s shock exit from the Australian Open. He was knocked out in the fourth round, losing to German Mischa Zverev in four sets. Zverev, the world number 50, even said after the game “Honestly, I don’t know how I pulled it off.”
Murray, the world Number One, was predicted to go all the way in the competition, after his sensational 2016. He has never won the Australian Open before, and former number one John McEnroe claimed that Murray’s efforts last year cost him this tournament.
What was Murray’s loss however, had been Dan Evans’ gain, as the British number three beat Bernard Tomic and Marin Cilic, surprising everyone before losing out to Jo Wilfried-Tsonga just before the quarter finals. Evans has been chosen for the Davis Cup team, along with Murray’s brother Jamie, Kyle Edmund and Dominic Inglot.