Murray named in Davis Cup squad
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.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Compare the Barcelona and Real Madrid players in El Clasico
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Jose Mourinho to push for Diego Costa to play at Old Trafford
Tim Sherwood: The mavericks have always needed special handling – but Balotelli is not delivering his side of the bargain for Liverpool
Sunderland vs Arsenal: Premier League match preview
- 1 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 2 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts