By Ros Satar
- GB Team announced for the final “traditional” Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan in Glasgow.
- Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray unavailable for the tie
- Jay Clarke gets his Davis Cup call up.
LONDON, UK – The LTA named the Great Britain squad to face Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup tie in September, in Glasgow, as Andy Murray pulls out.
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Leon Smith announced the team for the upcoming tie against Uzbekistan, where the teams will be competing essentially for a seeding for the new Davis Cup format.
The team will be:
- Cameron Norrie
- Jay Clarke
- Dan Evans
- Jamie Murray
- Dom Inglot
Jay Clarke gets his first call up for Davis Cup duty. He started the year ranked No. 279 in the world, and has reached a career high this year of 174 in August.
In a statement from the LTA, team captain Leon Smith said: “It’s a great opportunity to bring this tie back to Glasgow. Emirates Arena is a venue that played a key role in our Davis Cup triumph in 2015 and holds a special place in our hearts. This is a chance to celebrate with our home fans and we can’t wait to put on a great performance to thank them for their support over the years.”
Certainly not any surprise to anyone, but surely disappointing to many, neither Kyle Edmund or Andy Murray are available for this tie. Edmund has struggled with illness and form since Wimbledon and had a disappointingly early exit from US Open, where he might have expected to certainly reach the fourth round on his ranking.
Murray had the difficult decision of weighing up the prospect of more potential five set matches against his continuing rehabilitation following his hip injury that resulted in a long injury lay-off, and a gradual return to the tour in the summer, and his first Slam matches since hobbling out of the Wimbledon quarter-final last year.
I just wanted to write a quick message to apologise to the British davis cup team and all the fans who are coming to watch in Glasgow and support on tv. I have genuinely loved competing in this Davis cup format over the course of my career and have had some of the most memorable and special moments (the lob) of my career competing for my country. With this possibly being my last chance to compete in Scotland as a professional I really wanted to be there with team and found this decision emotionally quite challenging. I had spoken to our captain, Leon, about possibly coming to just play doubles but having been recommended to take a couple of weeks off hitting to continue my reconditioning I didn’t want to just show up not ready to perform to a high enough standard and ultimately let my teammates/country down. If I don’t get the chance to compete in Scotland again I just want to say thank you so much to all the fans who have come along to watch and support the team over the years. You have created some incredible atmospheres for me and the team to play in and I will always remember that. Having been born in Glasgow and growing up in Scotland I would never have imagined I would see such passionate fans packing out stadiums for tennis matches. Playing with my Big Bro in those stadiums has been very very special. Thank you so much again.. I’ll miss you 😢👋 🎼 by yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes🎼 #tennis
The Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan will take place in Glasgow between 14-16 September.
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