Andy Murray explains Davis Cup role as Scot may not play for Britain

Andy Murray is “not expecting” to play at this week’s Davis Cup Finals group stage despite being in front of a home crowd in Glasgow. Great Britain is hosting the three other Group D nations as they battle for a spot in November’s official Finals week and the three-time Grand Slam champion believes the squad is too strong for him to be drafted in for a match.

Great Britain play their first match of the Davis Cup group stage on Wednesday against the USA after the Netherlands beat Kazakhstan in the first tie of the week on Tuesday. The tournament dubbed the ‘World Cup of men’s tennis’ is being staged in Britain for the first time since 2018, with Murray at home in front of the Scottish crowd.

But the world No 43 – who led Britain to Davis Cup glory in 2015 – believes he won’t be playing this week with team-mates Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans both ranked higher than him in singles, at No 8 and No 25 respectively. “In terms of the depth we have now it is definitely the best,” Murray said of the team.

And ahead of Wednesday’s tie, he confessed: “I don’t expect to play. If I don’t play at all, I trust the players who go out there will do a great job.” As well as a strong crop of singles talent in the squad, Britain also boasts the world No 1 and 3 in doubles with Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski completing the five-man lineup. 

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