Davis Cup - Smith appointment won't sway Murray

Mon, 12 Apr 18:29:00 2010

Andy Murray has said that the LTA's decision to appoint his former coach Leon Smith as Great Britain Davis Cup captain does not mean he will immediately return to action.

Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his loss to Robin Soderling of Sweden at the Indian Wells ATP tennis tournament in Indian Wells - 0

Smith succeeds John Lloyd, who resigned following Britain's defeat by Lithuania last month, and will look to halt the nation's international free-fall.

The 34-year-old Scot, a coach for 16 years and who guided Murray through the junior ranks, was most recently the LTA head of men's player development.

Britain's next Davis Cup tie is a Europe/Africa Zone Group II play-off against Turkey at Eastbourne on July 9-11, where defeat would mean relegation to the lowest tier of the competition, but there is no guarantee that Murray will return for the tie after having skipped the Lithuania clash.

"I think I will have to make a decision a bit closer to the time. But I think that's one of the things I don't want to get involved in," Murray said at the Monte Carlo Masters.

"Leon is my friend (but) I need to still do what's right for me.

"If I want to play, I am playing for the team, it's not that I am playing because Leon is the captain.

"I hope that was not the reason why he became captain. I don't think that's the way to make a decision on something as big as this. You know, have to wait and see come July. It's a tie that I feel we should be able to win, even if I don't play."


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