Murray named in Davis Cup squad

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Andy Murray's return to the Great Britain Davis Cup team was confirmed today as John Lloyd named his squad to play Poland in Liverpool later this month.

World number two Murray, who last night comfortably won his US Open first-round match against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, had missed Britain's crucial Euro/Africa Group One tie with Ukraine in March, which Lloyd's team lost 4-1.

That defeat sent Britain into a relegation play-off with Poland at the Liverpool Echo Arena on September 18-20, with the home side needing its best players to achieve the victory that will keep them out of Euro/Africa Group Two.

"It is a huge advantage for us to have a player of Andy's class in the mix and I am delighted to have him in the team," Lloyd said.

"Everyone is very excited to be playing Davis Cup in Liverpool for the first time. This is a vital tie for us to avoid relegation and the entire squad is committed to keeping Great Britain in Euro/Africa Zone Group One for 2010 and establishing a firm foundation for next year."

Lloyd named Murray in a six-man squad alongside British number two James Ward, Josh Goodall, Dan Evans and doubles specialist Ross Hutchins.

Merseysider Ken Skupsi was also included, a left-hander who will act as cover for any injuries and help the team prepare for Poland's world top-10 ranked doubles team of Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg.