Murray could miss cup matches, says Lawn Tennis Association

Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper would not object to Andy Murray taking time out from Davis Cup duty following the team's slump into Euro/Africa Zone Group II.

The British number one won his ninth and 10th consecutive singles matches in the competition against Poland at the weekend but the hosts still ended up on the losing side and suffered relegation in Liverpool.

Murray has said he will be available if called upon, but has suggested it might benefit other British players if they are given the chance to play in next year's matches.

That would allow the Scot to focus on his ambitions of winning a first grand slam title, and Draper would sympathise if Murray chooses to step aside.

Draper told BBC Radio Five Live: "I'd completely understand why he'd be making those decisions because at the end Andy should be focusing his attentions on winning grand slams."

Draper explained: "What we want Andy doing is putting his focus on winning slams now. That's where his priorities should quite rightly lie.

"The choice is down to Andy Murray. Of course we'd love him to play for his country, but the reality is that Andy is at a different level now and it may be a fantastic opportunity to start blooding some of these players.

"Now may be the time to get some of these youngsters battle-hardened in tougher environments but you always want to open the door for Andy to play."