Murray, who pushed Djokovic to five sets in an Australian Open semifinal that lasted almost five hours, has been advised to take a few weeks off by doctors after picking up “a few injuries,” the U.K.’s Lawn Tennis Association said in a statement on its website today.
Britain, which last won men’s tennis’s top team competition in 1936, plays Slovakia in Glasgow on Feb. 10-12 in the first round of Europe/Africa Group I, one tier below the elite World Group. Without Murray, fourth in the ATP Tour rankings, Britain’s highest-rated player is James Ward at No. 155.
“I’m gutted to miss out on the Davis Cup having really enjoyed playing last year, but as it’s only the start of an important season, which includes the Olympics in London, it’s probably a sensible decision,” Murray said in the statement.
Nadal said last month he wouldn’t be playing Davis Cup this year for Spain, which opens defense of its title against Kazakhstan. Top-ranked Djokovic said two days ago after beating Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final in Open era history -- five hours, 53 minutes, -- he wouldn’t play for Serbia against Sweden to give himself time to recover.
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