05292017

Davis Cup: Andy Murray will miss Great Britain’s quarter-final against France

Andy Murray

Andy Murray was part of the GB team that won the Davis Cup in 2015

Andy Murray will miss Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France next month as he recovers from an elbow injury.

Murray, 29, pulled out of the Miami Open almost a week before his opening match because of the elbow issue.

Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot will line up for Britain for the tie in Rouen from 7-9 April.

GB captain Leon Smith conceded it was “a big loss to our team” to be without Andy Murray, the world number one.

Murray is resting his elbow injury for a second consecutive week and no decision has yet been taken about when he will return to the practice courts.

His next scheduled tournament – in Monte Carlo – starts in three weeks.

“Most importantly we all wish him well for a speedy recovery back to full health and fitness,” said Smith.

“I know that he would really want to be here with the rest of the team.”

The tie will be played indoors on clay at the Kindarena, and Britain will rely on the same squad that overcame Canada in the first round, when Murray was also absent.

“In Dan and Kyle we have two top-50 singles players who are improving all the time on the tour and both with games capable of upsetting higher ranked opponents,” added Smith.

“Jamie and Dom once again combine as our doubles team and will draw much confidence after performing so well recently to win key rubbers against Serbia and Canada to defeat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.

“This is a team with significant Davis Cup experience now and these guys have all stepped up and delivered performances at the very top of the competition.”

Analysis

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

There was no Murray in Canada for the first round tie, and Britain still won, but this French side has six top 50 players to choose from – plus the world doubles number one Nicolas Mahut.

Edmund and Evans are also in the top 50, but Evans has not contested a tournament on clay since May 2015.

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