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Could Andy Murray miss out on Davis Cup selection? GB Captain won’t commit

Great Britain’s greatest ever tennis player Andy Murray might not get picked for the Davis Cup team this week because he’s still not at the right level


Andy Murray single handedly helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup back in 2015 but after career threatening hip surgery he might have to sit on the sidelines in this first instalment of a new look Davis Cup competition.

This week sees the top 18 teams in the world battle it out over a round robin format followed by quarters, semis and final to crown the 2019 Davis Cup winners, but because Murray is still working his way back to the form that saw him top the world rankings he might have to cheer on his team from the sidelines.

Yesterday the GB Captain Leon Smith was noticeably vague on Murray’s chances of being picked because the team includes two other singles players that are both younger and currently ranked higher than Murray.

Smith said, “Any time you can bring Andy into the team is going to make your team better. He’s still working his way back to the level he wants to get to, so people have to keep the expectations of the right level of where he’s at just now. He’s making brilliant strides.

“What he did in Antwerp [where he won his first tournament in nearly two and a half years] was much talked about and a brilliant step forwards but you do have to remember this is early days in him coming back.

“We’ve got really good options. With Andy, with Evo, with Kyle, guys playing a very similar level – and with Jamie [Murray] and Neal [Skupski] we’ve got strong doubles options.”

The Great Britain Davis Cup team are in Madrid aiming to win the Davis Cup for a second time in 4 years after they triumphed in Gent, Belgium back in 2015.

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