Andy Murray reveals why he’s set to skip Davis Cup as he tips fellow Brits

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Andy Murray looks set to miss the Davis Cup in November (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andy Murray is set to skip next month’s Davis Cup to allow his body to rest while also admitting he doesn’t ‘deserve’ to play in the team.

The 34-year-old’s quest to return back to the top of men’s tennis following his hip surgery continues with his latest appearance coming in a straight sets defeat to Alexander Zverev at Indian Wells.

But while he builds up match fitness and tests himself against the world’s best, it looks like he won’t be participating in November’s Davis Cup, despite playing a starring role in 2015 as his 11 points out of a possible 12 helped Great Britain to a first win in 79 years.

‘I’ve given a lot to the Davis Cup, and sometimes to my own detriment physically,’ he told BBC Sport.

‘The same thing happened last time I played Davis Cup at the end of 2019. I know there was coronavirus, but I was struggling with that really up until September time the following year.’

Murray competed at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but will be targeting all four Grand Slams in 2022 and he is cautious to measure his work load, from a physical point of view as well as for personal reasons to spend time with his young family.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray inspired Great Britain to Davis Cup glory in 2015 (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

He’s also honest in his assessment of his own form, suggesting the likes of fellow Brits Cam Norrie, Dan Evans and Liam Broady are more deserving of a place in Davis Cup captain Leon Smith’s squad.

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‘I also don’t feel right now I would be playing, either,’ he added. ‘Obviously that would be up to Leon, but I’m not sure I deserve to play in that team.

‘Cam [Norrie] and Dan [Evans] have had a great year. Liam Broady’s in and around the top 100 now and we’ve got very strong doubles as well.

‘Right now, I’m not planning on playing the Davis Cup and with the late finish to it, and early departure to Australia, with my schedule between now and the end of the year, I am going to have to rest and take a break and give my body a chance to breathe.

‘And I want to make sure in the off season I get to spend as much time with my family as I can because I have been away from that recently and that will be case when I go to Australia as well.’

Great Britain play France and the Czech Republic in the group stages of the Davis Cup on November 27 and 28 with the competition ending in Madrid on December 5.


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