World Number 2 Andy Murray of Britain has said that he will play for his country in the Davis Cup World Group play off to be held in September 13-15. The opponents in the world group play off could be Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Austria or Japan. If team GB qualifies for the main round of Davis Cup next year, it could face Germany, Switzerland or Australia. The play off matches will be played five days after the conclusion of US Open in which Murray is the defending champion.
Due to his commitments in single’s circuit, Murray did not play both the ties last year as well as the current tie against Russia in the Group I Europe/African Zone. Britain won the tie 3-2 as world number 217 James Ward and number 325 Dan Evans won their singles rubbers to win for the first time in 83 years from two rubbers to love down. Britain was relegated from World Group in 2010 to Group I and the next year to Group II when Scot Smith became team captain. The team survived relegation to Group III by defeating Turkey in 2011. The next year, team GB returned to Group I.
Elsewhere in tennis, World Number 1 Novak Djokovic has not yet confirmed his participation in Monte Carle Rolex Masters to be held next week as he suffered an ankle injury in his singles match against team USA in Davis Cup quarter final. The scan has confirmed that he did not damage any ligaments. However, the injury requires rest to be healed.