Andy Murray hints he may miss Britain’s Davis Cup defence

Andy Murray has concerns over the clay surface. Picture: AFP
Andy Murray has concerns over the clay surface. Picture: AFP
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Andy Murray has admitted that he may reconsider his involvement in Great Britain’s defence of the Davis Cup after it was announced the quarter-final in Serbia will take place on clay.

Last year, the 28-year-old led Great Britain to their first Davis Cup success in 79 years with victory over Belgium but their hopes of retaining the title could now come under threat.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Murray’s summer schedule features the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open as well as the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and both he and Serbia’s world No 1 Novak Djokovic could withdraw from the tie in Belgrade from 15 to 17 July.

Asked if the decision to play their Davis Cup tie on clay could potentially alter his commitment, Murray replied: “Potentially. I need to see how my body is first.

“I leave now to go away next week to Madrid. It’s pretty much full on through until the Olympics for the next few months.

“It is a number of surface changes in a very short space of time, so you never know how the body is going to react or how it’s going to pull up after those changes. I’ll just have to see how my body is. Hopefully I’ll be fine, but it’s going to be a tough few months. The more surface changes that are put in there makes it that bit more tricky.”