Murrays set for Davis Cup doubles


Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray is set to partner brother Jamie in Davis Cup doubles for the first time since 2011 after both were named in the Great Britain team to face the USA in next month’s World Group clash in Glasgow.

Andy is expected to play on all three days, with James Ward the second singles player and Jamie’s fellow doubles specialist Dominic Inglot completing the four-man line-up.

Leon Smith’s team will look for a repeat of last year’s performance at the same stage, when they upset the US in San Diego to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986.

The tie takes place at the Emirates Arena from March 6-8, and a doubles clash between the Murray brothers and America’s top-ranked Bryan twins on the middle day would be a highly-anticipated occasion.

Jamie Murray is named in the team for the first time since a straight-sets win alongside Andy against Luxembourg in Glasgow four seasons ago, when Britain were down in Europe/Africa Zone Group II.

After a period of struggling for form, he has enjoyed two seasons of success with Australian partner John Peers and is Britain’s highest-ranked doubles player at 31 in the world.

The 29-year-old said: “I’m happy and proud to be back in the Davis Cup team. It’s been seven years since I last played a World Group match so to be playing at home in Glasgow will make it extra special.

“I know how much fun Davis Cup weeks are so I can’t wait to get back with the team and start preparing for this tie.”

Smith has named British singles number three Kyle Edmund as the reserve, and he could opt to change his team up to an hour before the draw next Wednesday.

Keeping Inglot gives Smith the option to rest Andy from the doubles should he have a lengthy singles clash on the Friday or Britain be in a strong position.

That was the case last year when Ward upset Sam Querrey to give Britain a 2-0 lead on day one and, although Inglot and Colin Fleming lost the doubles, Andy wrapped up victory in the fourth rubber.

But selecting two doubles specialists would mean Britain had no singles back-up in the event of injury or illness to Andy or Ward.

Smith said: “From a selection point of view we’ve been able to choose our strongest possible team, which is of course spearheaded by Andy Murray, who is significantly ahead of where he was 12 months ago.

“The tie will be a huge deal for him personally as he returns to play in Scotland for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013.

“In James Ward, we have somebody who has already proven himself against the US Davis Cup team, and I’d back him again to put in another excellent performance after some consistent recent form has seen him on the verge of cracking the top 100 for the first time.

“I’ve selected our top two doubles players in Jamie and Dom, and again they’ve showed real consistency this year to earn their place in the team.

“As a group, all the guys deserve this opportunity and I know we’re all excited to get together in Glasgow and get the tie under way.”

Fleming is the unlucky man having established himself as Andy’s regular Davis Cup partner over the past couple of seasons.

The Scot is currently the British doubles number four and missed the Australian Open following the birth of his daughter in December.

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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