Hutchins picked ahead of Jamie Murray
Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:26
GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd announced today that he has selected doubles specialist Ross Hutchins (No.42) for the March tie and not Scot Jamie Murray. It may come as a surprise to some as Jamie (No.36) is currently ranked six world ranking spots above Ross.
The GB team are up against the Ukraine next month in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, which will take place from 6-8th March at Braehead Arena, Renfrewshire.
Lloyd admitted that it was a tough decision to make and that he had to make the choice based on the players recent form.
Choosing between two quality doubles players was always going to be tough, said Lloyd.
Ive been studying the players since the last tie in September and feel that Ross has been playing the better tennis over the last four or five months so he gets the nod this time.”
Lloyd did suggest, however, that Jamie would play in future Davis Cup ties:
Jamie is a very talented doubles player and has always thrived in the Davis Cup environment and I have no doubt that he will feature in the team in the future.
Now there are two definites in the team, John Lloyd still needs to make a decision on the remaining places.
With Andy and Ross in the team, it is up to the guys in the play-offs to step up and show that they are ready to play for Great Britain.
GB Davis Cup play-offs will take place at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton from February 23-27.
The six players hoping to make the team will need to impress John Lloyd and GB Davis Cup coach Paul Annacone if they are to gain a place in the team.
The players contending are: Joshua Goodall (British No.3), James Ward (British No.4), Alexander Slabinsky (British No.6), Chris Eaton (British No.7), Daniel Evans (British No.9) and Colin Fleming (British No.11).