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I’m not abandoning Britain – Murray

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:58

The British number one announced last night he will skip the March tie to allow his young compatriots more international experience.

The 22-year-old Scot had intimated he would play a reduced role after Britain slipped into the Europe-Africa Zone Group Two following their disappointing defeat to Poland last September.

Murray denied, however, he has turned his back on Britain, pointing to the fact his top-four rivals have opted to skip the Davis Cup in the past.

“It would be a bit unfair to single me out,” said Murray, who is ironically preparing to appear for Britain alongside former junior Wimbledon winner Laura Robson at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week.

“Federer has missed Davis Cup matches, Rafa (Nadal) has missed Davis Cup matches, as has (Novak) Djokovic, (Pete) Sampras and (Andre) Agassi.

“A lot better players than me have missed Davis Cup matches.

“It’s just because the team has struggled in the past few years that if I didn’t play then there was a good chance that we were going to lose, whereas now we can still win.

“I don’t think it’s a case of me abandoning Great Britain. I’ve played a lot of matches for them and I’m here representing them as well.”

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