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Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund To Miss British Davis Cup Tie

The duo will be absent from the team event as they deal with their own issues away from the court.

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Two top British players on the men’s tour have opted to skip their country’s upcoming Davis Cup clash against Uzbekistan in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund will both miss the upcoming tie. Former world No.1 Murray has decided to continue his rehabilitation process in America from a hip injury. The 31-year-old has played six tournaments since starting his comeback in June, winning five out of nine matches played. At the US Open he bowed out in the second round to Fernando Verdasco.

“Everyone agreed in the short term that he should continue the very good rehab work which had put him in the really good situation of being able to compete again,” team captain Leon Smith said about Murray during an interview with BBC Radio 5 live.
“If he played Davis Cup then it would take a week of that away.”

World No.16 Edmund is missing the tie to focus on regaining his fitness. The British No.1 has been hindered by a recurring viral illness in recent weeks. Since Wimbledon, Edmund has only managed to win three matches at five different tournaments. Crashing out in the first round of the US Open to Paolo Lorenzi.

“It’s been going on for about five weeks, while I’ve been trying to play matches,” Edmund said about his illness following his US Open exit. “It takes a long time when you’re playing elite-level sport to get [your fitness] back.”
“I don’t really know what it is. There’s a name for it but I don’t really want to say too many details about my illness, but it’s basically put me back quite a bit.” He added.

Filling in the void left by those two players are doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot. Join the duo on the team will be Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Jay Clarke. Evans is set to play in his first Davis Cup tie since returning from a doping ban in April. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Clarke will make his debut in the tournament.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring this tie back to Glasgow,” Smith said ahead of the tie. “Emirates Arena is a venue that played a key role in our Davis Cup triumph in 2015 and holds a special place in our hearts.
“This is a chance to celebrate with our home fans and we can’t wait to put on a great performance to thank them for their support over the years.”

Despite the duo of high-profile absentees, Great Britain remains the favourites to win the play-off tie. Uzbekistan has only four players ranked in the top 1000 and Denis Istomin is the sole player in the top 400.

The upcoming tie between the two countries will take place on the weekend of September 14-16.

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Spain to face Russia and Ecuador in Davis Cup Finals next November

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The draw of the 2020 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid took place at the ITF offices in London on 12th March. The Davis Cup Finals will begin in Madrid on 23rd November 2020.

 

Defending champions Spain has been drawn in the Group A against Russia and Ecuador. Last year Rafael Nadal guided the Spanish team to the triumph in the final against Canada at the Caja Magica.

This year’s ATP Cup champions Serbia will face Germany and Austria in a Group A, which features three top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. Djokovic beat Thiem in this year’s final of the Australian Open.

In the Group E the USA will take on Italy in a re-match of last year’s late round-robin match. These two teams were drawn against Colombia.Last year’s finalists Canada will meet Sweden and Kazakhstan.

Three former Davis Cup champions France, Great Britain and Czech Republic have been drawn in Group C.

 

Croatia will clash against Australia and Hungary in Group D.

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John Millman Praises ‘Special’ Atmosphere After Australia’s Davis Cup Triumph

John Millman praised the ‘special’ Davis Cup atmosphere in Adelaide after their 3-1 win over Brazil.

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John Millman praised the ‘special’ Davis Cup atmosphere in Adelaide this weekend after Australia booked their spot in the Davis Cup Finals. 

 

As Australia headed into the second day with a 2-0 advantage, many people expected a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts but that turned out not to be the case.

Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligini Rodrigues Alves gave Brazil hope after an epic 2 hour and 54 minute win over James Duckworth and John Peers.

A 5-7 7-5 7-6(6) victory for the Brazilians saw the tie taken into a fourth rubber as John Millman knew he had to step up to seal victory for the Aussies.

Another sensational match as Millman battled past Thiago Monteiro 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 7-6(3) to secure a thrilling win and Australia’s place in November’s Davis Cup Finals.

After sealing the win, Millman praised the special atmosphere in Adelaide over the two days, “To have an experience like this, that’s better than just about any experience I’ve had,” Millman told Tennis Australia.

“It was something pretty special this weekend. I enjoyed every second of it. It was so much fun. It was an emotional rollercoaster and we’re so happy to get through. To do it with these boys, it’s been a really special week.”

As for captain Lleyton Hewitt, this win typified what he loves about the home and away format that the Davis Cup Qualifiers shows, “There were ebbs and flows in all the matches. It could have gone either way,” Hewitt said.

“That is what Davis Cup is about and that’s why I love the home and away format. To have the atmosphere and the crowd involvement, it was a lot of fun for us to be out there.

“For these guys to play in front of their home fans again, they don’t get to do it throughout the year that often. I’m just thrilled for them that they get to enjoy it and be part of it. It is something really special.”

Next for Hewitt and his Australian team will be the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, where they will join last year’s semi-finalists Spain, Canada, Great Britain and Russia as well as wildcards Serbia and France.

Also qualifying for November’s showpiece were Ecuador and Kazakhstan after their respective wins over Japan and the Netherlands.

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Kei Nishikori Out Of Davis Cup In Latest Blow To Japan

More bad news for fans of the injury-stricken player.

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Former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori has hinted that he may not be able to return to the tour until the clay season after withdrawing from his country’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Ecuador.

 

Nishikori, who is currently ranked 31st in the world, had been in Miki training ahead of his country’s clash in the team competition. Raising hopes that he will be making a return this weekend. However, he has now confirmed that he is not fully at the level he needs to be to play. The 30-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match since September after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

“Physically I’m not at my max.” AFP news quoted Nishikori as saying on Thursday.
“I want to return to competition after I improve my strength and become fully confident.
“It might be after Miami or during the clay season,” he added.

Japan will now enter their tie without their two top ranked players on the tour. Another notable absentee is world No.48 Yoshihito Nishioka, who has pulled out of the competition over coronavirus concerns. Yesterday the country recorded it’s 1000th infection of the illness, which is also known as Covid-19. The outbreak has affected many public events in Japan, but officials are confident that this year’s Olympic Games will go ahead as planned.

As a result of the outbreak, the Davis Cup clash will take place behind closed doors. The decision was jointly made between the ITF, Japanese Tennis Association and the country’s government. Baseball matches in the country have also been played without a crowd and the football J-League has been postponed.

“I am grateful just to be held while many sports are being cancelled.” Yasutaka Uchiyama told reporters.
“I want to get results firmly for the fans who support me in front of the TV. ”

Uchiyama and Go Soeda will be the two players who are playing singles in the tie against Ecuador instead of Nishikori and Nishioka.

Another Davis Cup tie affected by the Coronavirus is Italy’s home tie with South Korea. The government announced on Wednesday that all sporting fixtures will be played behind closed doors until April 3rd. Italy is the worst affected country in Europe with more than 3000 cases.

During a recent interview with Ubitennis, the ITF has said that are monitoring the threat posed by Covid-19 to their tournaments on a ‘case by case’ basis and are liaising with the relevant authorities. The ITF is the body which runs the Davis Cup.

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