Murray in clay conundrum

Andy Murray faces a tough choice over his involvement in Great Britain’s Davis Cup campaign after it was revealed the quarter-final tie against Serbia would be on clay.

The Scot helped Britain to its first Davis Cup title since 1936 last year, but the world number two may have to pull out of the event.

“Obviously clay for us would be our weakest surface,” the two-time grand slam winner told Sky Sports. 

“It’s going to be tough. I would say I was slightly surprised by it. But every single away tie I have played over the last few years has been on clay. We went away to the States and played on clay, which is by far their worst surface. Italy, it’s a bit more understandable. Belgium, I don’t know if that is their best surface, also Serbia.

“It’s more about making our team uncomfortable. It’s the surface I’ve had my worst results on, Dan Evans, my brother as well. That’s the reason for them putting it on clay.”

Murray is concerned that his body will struggle to adapt to the surface and with the tie scheduled for July 15 to 17 in  Serbia, right before the Olympics, he may not have the time.

“I leave now to go away next week to Madrid it’s pretty much full on through until the Olympics for the next few months.

“[It is] a number of surface changes in a very short space of time, so you never know how the body is going to react or how it’s going to pull up after those changes.”

As Great Britain rely heavily on Murray, Serbia rely just as much – if not more – on world number one Novak Djokovic. Murray admitted that it would be just as tough for the indomitable Serb to adapt, but he is not sure if he’s playing.

“It’s completely understandable but it’s tricky for Novak Djokovic changing surfaces at that time too,” he added.

“I don’t know what the likelihood of him playing is. I think Dom Inglot said he was trying to pick [Serbian professional] Nenad Zimonjic’s brain about whether Novak was playing or not. I don’t think he got an answer.”