Andy Murray has been included in the UK’s Davis Cup squad for the group stage of the competition at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena next month.
Murray joins Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and world No 1 doubles Joe Salisbury in the squad preparing for England’s matches with the US, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in Scotland, but there’s still no room for rising star Jack Draper .
20-year-old Draper has risen from outside the top 250 to 55th in the standings this season but Murray, who is eight places ahead, gets the nod to enter the singles for Norrie, the Wimbledon semi-finalist and Evans ranked 23rd.
A fifth player will be added later, giving Draper another chance to assert his claim alongside doubles expert Neal Skupski, who won his sixth title of the season with his Dutch partner. Lan Wesley Koolhof in Montreal on Sunday.
Smith said: “I’m happy to name such a strong team to face three other nations next month in Glasgow. We have really good strength and depth at the moment and the selections. is harder than ever.
“Emirates Arena has been a great venue for our team in the past, creating some of the best atmospheres and memories our players have experienced.
“We’re excited to bring the Davis Cup back there for the first time in more than four years and look forward to a packed stadium that will make some serious noise for our team.”
Murray will compete for the first time since 2019, after missing the most recent tournament last November, when England lost to Germany in the quarter-finals.
He is guaranteed a heroic reception at home, with England playing their matches on September 14, 16 and 18.
“Playing a Davis Cup game in front of a home crowd is always special,” the 35-year-old said. “Some of the best moments of my career have come with representing my country at the Davis Cup, so it means a lot to be part of the team again.
“Obviously it’s exciting that the competition is coming back to Glasgow. We’ve had some great results there in the past and this is another chance for us to make even more history. have a strong team and we will give everything we can to bring victory to the fans and keep our place in the finals.”
The latest event of the historic competition sees four cities host groups of four teams each, with the top two in each heading to the final shootout in Malaga in November.