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London | Murray included in GB Davis Cup squad

Leon Smith, Britain’ Davis Cup captain and the LTA’s Director of Men’s tennis, has announced the team of four who will be playing in Group D of Davis Cup being played at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow between September 13 and 18.

Having Andy in the team of course is a real boost. Both him and Dan were here in 2015 when we went on to win the competition and having that experience is really important, but it also drives the rest of us to get there as well Leon Smith

Smith has led the team for 12 years and revealed that a fifth player will be announced in due course which could well be Jack Draper in order for the 20-year-old to gain experience.

“I’m delighted to name such a strong team to take on the other three nations next month in Glasgow,” he said having established an impressive 11-2 win-loss record in the competition on home soil.

The squad will consist of Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury.

“We have really good strength and depth at the moment and selections have been tougher than ever. We will also be adding a fifth player to the team in the coming weeks,” Smith said in the announcement from the LTA’s Roehampton headquarters.

“Glasgow Emirates Arena has been a brilliant venue for our team in the past creating some of the best atmospheres and memories our players have experienced.

“We are very excited to bring Davis Cup back there for the first time in over four years and look forward to a packed-out stadium making some serious noise for our team.”

The inclusion of Murray is not surprising despite the 35-year-old recent run of which consist of one win at Wimbledon and first round exits in Washington and Montreal, for the Scot is a team man and playing in front of a home crowd would galvanise the support against the other three nations competing, namely The Netherlands, Kazakhstan and the United States.

It will be Murray’s first appearance in the competition since 2016 having led Britain to Davis Cup glory the previous year.

Speaking about his inclusion in the squad, Murray said: “It’s always special playing in a Davis Cup tie in front of a home crowd.

“Some of the best moments of my career have come representing my country in the Davis Cup, so to be a part of the team again means a lot.”

Norrie, Britain’s current No1 and world No.11, was pleased with Murray’s inclusion in the team.

“Having Andy in the team of course is a real boost. Both him and Dan were here in 2015 when we went on to win the competition and having that experience is really important, but it also drives the rest of us to get there as well”

He also holds the Davis Cup in high esteem.

“I love team competition and relish the pressure of playing Davis Cup for my country,” adding: “Coming into a Davis Cup as the British No. 1 – it doesn’t get much better than that,”

The Davis Cup is known as the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ with a total of 16 countries eventually battling it out for the trophy in Malaga in November.

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