Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Tennis player Andy Muray returned to the squad for Team Great Britain in the Davis Cup Championship.
Unfortunately, rising tennis player Jack Draper was not included in the roster. Scotsmen Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans and doubles champion Joe Salisbury also join the squad for next month’s group stage in Glasgow.
Rising star Draper, who is just 20, was not called up as he had just undergone surgery to recover from an injury. His performance was so brilliant that his ranking dropped from 250 to 55 in the world.
“Playing in the Davis Cup and in front of your own fans is very special. Some of the best moments of my tennis career came when I represented the country in the Davis Cup, so being part of this team means a lot to me” , said Murray BBCMonday (8/15/2022).
In the group stage, Britain will face the United States, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands and team number one Norrie, who welcomed Murray’s inclusion in the squad after a two-year absence .
“Playing the Davis Cup as a team captain is something special and it doesn’t get better than that,” Norrie said.
He added that Andy Murray’s presence in the team added to the team spirit as Murray made history with the Great Britain side in 2015 who emerged as champions at the time.
“With a lot of experience, that’s of course very important for the team and it’s encouraging for the team,” he said.
Andy Murray, 35, is currently 47th in the world, eight spots ahead of the Draper who reached his first quarter-final at the Canadian Open last week.
As for the team captain, Leon Smith said the selection process was the toughest this time around. He confirmed that the team will have a fifth player in the coming weeks specifically in the doubles sector.
In 2015, Glasgow became Great Britain’s home base in the first round against the United States and the semi-final against Australia. That year, Great Britain emerged victorious for the first time since 1936.
As for this time, the Davis Cup group stage will take place across multiple cities in Glasgow, Bologna, Hamburg and Valencia from September 13-18. The top two teams from the group stage will advance to the round of 16 in Malaga, Spain next November.
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