Leon Smith, team captain for the Great Britain Davis Cup team has backed the decision of his star player Andy Murray to withdraw from this week’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Slovakia, scheduled to be held over the weekend in the Scottish city of Glasgow, Murray’s home town.
Murray was part of the Great Britain side in the Davis Cup that won their last two rubbers to secure promotion to the Group I of the zone meaning that they only have one group to win in order to return to the prestigious World Group.
World number four Murray decided to opt out of the tie against Slovakia due to some niggling injuries that have been troubling him for quite some time, especially after he returned from his semi final loss to world number one Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open. And he has the support of his team captain Joel Smith who has stood by his star player who aims to bring glory to Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as win a long awaited Grand Slam title this year.
Andy Murray, who has been a losing finalist in three Grand Slam finals, has also stated that he will return to the Great Britain fold after the Olympic Games if they manage to survive in the group till then. James Ward has been drafted into the Great Britain as a replacement for the 24 year old but Smith insisted that no one should expect the same kind of play that they are used to seeing with Murray from the youngster.
Andy Murray himself has passed on his best wished to the youngster who will fill in for him ahead of the tie and all this uphold the picture of a happy family in British tennis.