Andy Murray explains why he was forced to miss recent Davis Cup ties

Andy Murray clapping

Andy Murray admits he was gutted to miss three of Great Britain’s recent Davis Cup rubbers, but insists “it was probably the right decision”.

The three-time Grand Slam winner made his return to Davis Cup action in Madrid last week as he won his singles clash against Tallon Griekspoor during GB’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

However, he was then replaced in the singles by Kyle Edmund for the final round-robin tie against Kazakhstan while he was also forced to sit out the quarter-final win over Germany and the semi-final defeat at the hands of Spain.

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Murray has now revealed that a groin problem was the reason why he missed the ties.

“I had a scan straight after the match with Griekspoor because my groin area was sore,” he said. “I had noticed it a little bit for a couple of days in the build-up.

“After playing in Antwerp I took 12 days off and didn’t hit any balls, and then I slowly built up until I got over to Madrid. Then I started practising hard and I noticed it was a bit sore.

“It’s mild. But it was something which, if I had played on it, it could have got worse. And that’s why it was difficult for me.

“I wanted to try to play. I didn’t know how many opportunities I would get to play again in the quarter-finals or semi-finals of the Davis Cup.

“Obviously the other guys were playing really well and it looked like they can handle themselves. But I would have liked to have tried to play.

“It was probably the right decision. I probably wouldn’t have influenced the matches differently to any of the guys that played, ultimately.”

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