Andy Murray Withdraws from Davis Cup Finals Due to Shoulder Injury
Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has announced his withdrawal from Great Britain’s team for the upcoming Davis Cup Finals. The decision comes as a result of a shoulder injury that Murray has recently picked up.
Great Britain is set to face Serbia, led by 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, in the quarter-finals on November 23. Murray’s absence from the team will undoubtedly be a blow for the British side.
“I’ve picked up a minor shoulder injury which means I won’t be able to take part in the Davis Cup,” said the 36-year-old Murray. “I’m gutted not to be part of the squad, but my focus is now on rehab and getting ready for the new season.”
This news follows Dan Evans’ recent withdrawal from the GB team due to a calf injury. Evans was replaced by Joe Salisbury, who joins Cameron Norrie, Jack Draper, and Neal Skupski as the other members of the squad.
Captain Leon Smith has until Monday to confirm a replacement for Murray, but it is expected that the line-up will consist of Draper and Norrie in the singles, with Skupski and Salisbury forming the doubles team.
The Davis Cup ties involving Great Britain will be broadcast live on BBC iPlayer, as well as the BBC Sport website and app.
The other quarter-finals of the Davis Cup will be played between November 21 and 26.
Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent
Captain Leon Smith’s plans for the British team have been disrupted by Murray’s withdrawal, as he loses the element of surprise and the opportunity to keep Serbia guessing about the line-up. Liam Broady is the likely addition to the squad,