Will he, Won’t he? Murray not named as part of GB Squad for Canada DC Tie

 

By Ros Satar

  • Aegon GB Team announced for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round away, to Canada.
  • Andy Murray not initially named, but could be nominated up until next Thursday if he changes his mind,
  • Team named: Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dominic Inglot
LONDON, ENGLAND – The LTA announced the selection of the Aegon GB team for the forthcoming tie – and it does not include Andy Murray.

 

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 The LTA have announced the team that will travel to Canada for the Davis Cup Round One tie against Canada, to be held in Ottowa.

The Aegon G team, led by captain Leon Smith will be:

  • Kyle Edmund
  • Dan Evans
  • Jamie Murray
  • Dominic Inglot

The Australian Open was full of mixed fortunes for the team – Kyle Edmund might have been expected to go at least a round more than he did (falling in the second round to 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta. Dan Evans surpassed expectations reaching the fourth round, and claiming the scalps of seeds Marin Cilic [7] and Bernard Tomic [27] along the way.

While defending doubles champion Jamie Murray fell in the opening round with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, Dominic Inglot (partnered by Florin Mergea) made it to the third round, where they lost to top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Smith said: “I’m delighted to name the four players travelling for this away tie. First rounds are never easy and this one especially more so with the quick turnaround in conditions and travel from Australia to Canada.

“We will continue to speak with Andy in the coming days regarding his potential involvement and if he decides he would like to be part of the team then we can of course change the nominations as necessary.

“We know the challenge the Canadian team poses – they have vast experience in singles and doubles but we also have a strong team with proven track record in Davis Cup. This should make for a really competitive tie. As always our players and team will give their best efforts in representing their country.”

Great Britain and Canada will face each other for only the second time, the last being 50 years ago on shale (!) in Bournemouth.

The winners will go on to face either France of Japan in the quarter-finals, held between 7-9 April, and the first round losers will go into a relegation play-off to keep their place in the World Group on 15-17 September.

 

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