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Andy Murray named in Great Britainโ€™s Davis Cup Squad After Open Title Win

Andy Murray will represent Great Britain for the first time since 2016 after being named in the squad for next month’s Davis Cup finals.

Murray claimed his first title in three years at the European Open yesterday winning 6-3, 4-6, 4-6

Twice Wimbledon champion Andy on Sunday claimed his first ATP Tour title since March 2017 with his fightback success over Switzerlands Stan Wawrinka in the European Open Final in Antwerp

The emotional moment came only nine months after Murray shed tears at the Australian Open and admitted right hip problems could have forced him off court for good.

Andy Murray on court after Australian Open 2019 loss

Murray returned to the singles court in August, winning his first match last month in China

Murray is currently waiting for the birth of his third child so will likely take a break until next month:

‘I don’t know why you get emotional about certain things or the reason for why it comes. Everyone is different.

‘It was because the past few years have been hard for me, and tennis is something that I love doing and today was unexpected and yeah, there’s lots of reasons for me to be emotional today.

‘My hip is fine. There’s no pain there anymore, which is amazing. I guess there shouldn’t be because it’s metal – there’s no pain receptors or anything in the metal.

‘It allows me to compete like that and enjoy what it is that I’m doing.

‘I need to now start talking more about my future.

‘I am certainly a lot more optimistic.”

Andy Murray smiling after hip operation.

Captain Leon Smith has named Dan Evans, plus doubles pair Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, in his initial team with a fifth player still to be decided ahead of the Davis Cup in Madrid next month.

Smith, who will name the team’s fifth player in the coming weeks, said:

‘I’m delighted to name our first four players to represent GB for the Davis Cup Finals.

‘Dan is playing some of the best tennis of his career and firmly deserves his place back inside the world’s Top 50.

‘It’s been absolutely fantastic to see Andy back competing again, headlined by his incredible win in Antwerp yesterday.

‘Jamie and Neal have been gaining much momentum as a team with impressive semi-final runs at Cincinnati, US Open, Beijing and Shanghai.

‘We are in a good positions with improved strength and depth in our team and will be naming the fifth player in the next couple of weeks.

‘We are looking forward to bringing our best tennis to the group phase.’

Britain, who won the Davis Cup in 2015, face the Netherlands and Kazakhstan in the group stage on 20 and 21 November

The inaugural event, to be hosted in La Caja Magica in Madrid from 18-24 November, and will see 18 nations come together to battle for the historic Davis Cup trophy.

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