Murray rules out Davis Cup role

13 October 2021 18:47:18 GMTPlus11
Andy Murray will give the Davis Cup a miss

Andy Murray says he plans to skip this year's Davis Cup with Great Britain as he wants to "rest and take a break" ahead of the 2022 season.

The former world number one has been battling a number of injury issues over recent years and he is priced at 40/1 to claim a fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

Positive signs for Murray

There have been signs of an improvement to Murray's form over recent weeks, as he took Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of the US Open, while he pushed third seed Alexander Zverev all the way before losing 6-4 7-6 in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters on Tuesday evening.

With this year's Davis Cup set to get under way at the end of November, there had been some suggestions that Murray was playing his way into form ahead of that tournament, which he helped Great Britain to win for the first time in 79 years in 2015.

I've given a lot to the Davis Cup, sometimes to my own detriment physically.

Andy Murray

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However, Murray now appears to have ruled himself out of competing in this year's competition, not only as he feels he needs to manage his body, but also as he does not think he is playing at the required level to assist Leon Smith's team.

Murray puts fitness first

"I've given a lot to the Davis Cup, sometimes to my own detriment physically," Murray told the BBC.

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

"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."

Murray, who is currently ranked 121st in the world, has accepted wildcards into upcoming ATP events in Antwerp and Vienna, although he admits his participation will depend on how he feels physically.

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