Andy Murray will miss Great Britain’s Davis Cup clash against Canada this weekend after deciding to recharge his batteries.
The world number one suffered a shock fourth round exit at the Australian Open last month and will now take the chance to get some rest, rather than compete in the Davis Cup first round tie in Ottawa.
Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot will make up the British team, with captain Leon Smith backing Murray’s decision to withdraw from the event.
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"It's the right thing for him to do what he's doing, stay at home, get some rest after what was an unbelievable three or four months for him and focus on these four here who are really good players,” said Murray.
"We've got so much confidence in what they can do.
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"We all miss Andy because he is such a great influence on the team both on and off the court.”
Top 50 players Edmund and Evans will be the highest ranked players in the tie after the latter soared up the rankings following wins over Marin Cilic and Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open.
Canada will be without the services of world number three Milos Raonic after he suffered an injury in Melbourne.