Next week: Glasgow for Luxembourg in Davis Cup
Wednesday 29 June 2011
Andy Murray will make his first Davis Cup appearance for nearly two years when he leads Britain in their Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie against Luxembourg in Glasgow next week. Britain need to win the tie, as well as a subsequent match against Belarus or Hungary in September, in order to return next year to Group I, which is the Davis Cup's second tier.
Murray, who opted out of Britain's last three Group II matches against Lithuania, Turkey and Tunisia, last played for his country against Poland in September 2009. He played despite having a wrist injury, which he aggravated in the tie, meaning he had to miss the next six weeks.
Playing in this tie will ensure that Murray qualifies to appear in the Olympic Games next year. In order to represent their country at the Olympics male players have to make themselves available for at least one Davis Cup tie in 2009 or 2010 and another in 2011 or 2012.
The British team for next week's tie, which is being played indoors at the Braehead Arena, is captained by a Scot, Leon Smith, and features three players from north of the border. Murray is joined by his brother, Jamie, and Colin Fleming. James Ward, who will be the second singles player, is the only English member of the team.
Smith said: "We're obviously very excited to have Andy in the team for the tie. Any team in the world would love to have someone of his calibre and it's great for fans at the Braehead Arena to get the chance to see one of the world's best players live."
Luxembourg's best player is Gilles Müller, the world No 92, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round at Wimbledon last week. However, Mike Vermeer, the world No 974, is their only other player ranked in the world's top 1000.
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