Great Britain Davis Cup team captain Leon Smith admitted he would love to have Andy Murray available for the Davis Cup Finals but he understands his decision to skip the event.
Murray played lots of tennis in the second part of the season and he decided to skip the Davis Cup Finals and instead try to recover and have a strong offseason ahead of the 2022 season.
“Everyone in the team would have loved Andy to be there because he’s been our best British player of all time and to have him in the team it makes a difference on a number of levels, most importantly on the court,” Smith told STV.
“If he’d wanted to change his mind and come in we’d have absolutely loved it but I think all of us understand what he’s gone through, what he needs to do.
“He’s made such impressive strides and now everyone’s excited what he’s going to do in the next 12 months. Ultimately it’s the right decision for him to focus on getting a bit of rest and recovery and then building back up.”
Smith happy with his team despite the Murray absence
Smith nominated Cameron Norrie, Daniel Evans, Liam Brady, Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury.
“It’s such a positive having a team like this. What Cam has been doing this year is absolutely exceptional,” Smith said.
“Of course he wasn’t in our last squad and to go from that to being our number one player and closing in on a top-10 ranking, it’s really so impressive. Every single person respects what he’s doing.
“With Evo (Evans), he’s now been around that level for a while, sitting at 25, 26 in the world, and he can go higher. He’s capable of big wins, he’s got a huge amount of Davis Cup experience.
“Then in doubles we’ve got three at the top of the game. Joe Salisbury has had an exceptional couple of years on tour. He’s playing such a high level. He’s one of the best athletes on tour. With Neal playing on the ad court, that’s why we went with him.”