Andy Murray admitted he might skip the prestigious ATP Finals in London in November if the Davis Cup final is played on clay. Belgium will host Great Britain for the November 27th tie, but has not decided on surface.
“The O2 would obviously be a question mark for me if we were playing on the clay,” Murray told BBC Radio 5 live Sunday.
“I would go and train and prepare on the clay to get ready for the final.
“If you reach the final and play on the Sunday you also need to take time off – you can’t just play five matches against the best players in the world and then not take any days off.”
ATP Boss Chris Kermode responded saying that all players who qualify and are uninjured, must play the Finals.
“The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a mandatory event on the ATP World Tour,” he said.
“All players who qualify, unless injured, are required to compete in the event. Andy Murray has had a fantastic season and earned his place among the world’s top eight players to compete at the season finale.
“We are aware of the comments made after the Davis Cup tie in Glasgow, however our expectations are that, if fully fit, Andy would compete in this year’s tournament. Unless we hear otherwise via an official withdrawal, he is still entered to compete at the O2.”
Belgium’s best player, David Goffin, arguably plays his best tennis on red clay. And their No. 2, Steve Darcis, also has a career title on clay.
Murray’s last match at the ATP Finals turned out to be one of his worst, losing in humiliating fashion to Roger Federer 60, 61.
Great Britain hasn’t won the Davis Cup title since 1936.
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