The British number two, Dan Evans has been left out of the Davis Cup squad for their next round against the United States of America (USA), whilst unsurprisingly Andy Murray will lead the team. The young and inexperienced Kyle Edmund has been called up to replace Evans after the Birmingham boy struggled in the Australian Open, losing in the second round of the qualifying stages. Whilst Dan Evans has been struggling in 2014, Edmund has been improving rapidly and considering he plays most of his tennis on clay, GB captain Leon Smith has chosen him first.
The last time Dan Evans represented his country in Tennis in the Davis Cup was in 2013 as he won half of his four rubbers to help his side triumph over Russia and Croatia. This gave Great Britain access into the World Group for the first time since 2008, but now that the team are taking a step-up in the competition, the players and the team morale is going to need to be at its very best. Therefore, Dan Evans has been left out in favour of Edmund whilst Ross Hutchins, Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray are all not included in the squad either.
On paper, Great Britain shouldn’t have a chance despite us having the world number four, Andy Murray. The USA have players all within the top 51 of the world as the two singles players are world number 13 John Isner, world number 51 Sam Querrey, whilst the doubles players are the best in the world at the moment, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike. When questioned whether Murray will play in the doubles, he commented, “I don’t want to give away any tactics or anything that may go into the match and selections and whatnot. But I’ve spoken to Leon about it. We’ll see when we get there.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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