Andy Murray Plans To Skip the Davis Cup Finals

Andy Murray plans to skip next month’s Davis Cup Finals because he is “not sure he deserves to play in that team”.

Murray played well in Indian Wells this week reaching the third round where he was defeated by the second seed Alexander Zverev 6-4 and 7-6. Previously he managed to go past Adrian Mannarino and Carlos Alcaraz in the first two rounds.

Murray was the key player winning 11 out of possible 12 points for Great Britain when they won the Davis Cup in 2015 for the first time in 79 years.

“I’ve given a lot to the Davis Cup, and sometimes to my own detriment physically,” Murray said.

“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 suffered pelvis injury in the 2019 Finals in Madrid, missed the Australian Open and was not able to play again until the tours resumed, after a pause for the pandemic, the following August.

The 24-year-old has played better lately including his five-set match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round of the US Open. Still, he is not sure that is good enough to be selected by the team captain Leon Smith.

“I also don’t feel right now I would be playing, either,” he said. “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.”