Andy Murray will officially make his return to Davis Cup competition for the first time since 2016 when he represents Great Britain at the Madrid finals in November.

Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith announced his partial squad of singles players Murray and Dan Evans alongside the doubles team of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. The final spot will likely be decided between Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund, who is currently on a seven match losing streak and has fallen from No 14 to No 75.

Murray had already stated his intention to compete in Madrid, but his recent soaring form, topped off by a stunning victory over Stan Wawrinka on Sunday to win the European Open in Antwerp, ensured that he is one of the leading names on the team just seven singles tournaments into his comeback.

The Davis Cup Madrid Finals mark a new era for the historic team competition after Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s company Kosmos was instrumental in moving the competition from its traditional home and away format to a one-week, best of three event. The event will be played at the Caja Mágica, the venue of the joint ATP and WTA event, but on an indoor hard court rather than clay.

Until 20 November, Murray will be in his London home with his wife, Kim, who is nine months pregnant and due to give birth to their third child.

The Scot continues to express his surprise at his rapid improvement. Before his run of tournaments in Zhuhai, Beijing, Shanghai and Antwerp, Murray had sat down with his team to plan out the four weeks. His goals were considerably less than what he achieved.

“I just want to try and be competitive. I want to feel like when I’m on the court I’m not getting smashed, that I’m making it difficult for them and competing as best I could,” Murray said. “I wasn’t thinking I’m going to win tournaments or I’m going to be beating guys like Stan [Wawrinka] and [Matteo] Berrettini and pushing guys like Fognini close. I just wanted to feel like I was competitive. This has come as a surprise to me and my team.”

source: theguardian.com

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