Andy Murray has pulled out of Britain’s Davis Cup team for the upcoming finals due to a shoulder injury, marking an early end to his season.
The former world number one played a crucial role in securing Britain’s spot in the finals. With Dan Evans also sidelined due to a calf injury, Joe Salisbury has been named as Murray’s replacement.
The squad, led by Captain Leon Smith, includes Cameron Norrie, Jack Draper, and Neal Skupski. The expected lineup features Draper and Norrie in singles and Skupski partnering with Salisbury in doubles.
The Davis Cup ties will be broadcast live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app.
“I’ve picked up a minor shoulder injury, which means I won’t be able to take part in the Davis Cup,” Murray said in a statement.
“I’m gutted not to be a part of the squad, but my focus is now on rehab and getting ready for the new season.”
The element of surprise and the ability to keep Serbia guessing about the composition of the British team has been taken away from Captain Leon Smith. Given the possibility of injury to either Jack Draper or Cameron Norrie, Liam Broady would be the most obvious addition to the team and is probably going to be called up.
However, they are very likely to play singles, and since Andy Murray and Dan Evans are not available, the doubles team is set. According to what I’ve been told, Murray might still spend some time in Malaga this week. Depending on how well he recovers, his ability to strategize and inspire others would be invaluable.
It will be difficult for Murray to watch from the sidelines as we wonder if we will ever see him in a GB Davis Cup shirt again, even though he may not have played anyhow.