x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Murray pulls out of Davis Cup match

Andy Murray will miss Britain's Davis Cup match against Ukraine this week because of a lingering virus.

Andy Murray announces his withdrawal last week from the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships with a viral illness.
Andy Murray announces his withdrawal last week from the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships with a viral illness.

LONDON // Andy Murray will miss Britain's Davis Cup match against Ukraine this week because of a lingering virus. Murray said today he has not sufficiently recovered from the illness that forced him to pull out of the quarter-finals of last week's Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. Murray, the world No 4, has decided to withdraw from the British team that will face Ukraine in the Europe/Africa Zone second-round match starting Friday at the Braehead Arena near Glasgow in Scotland following advice from his doctor.

"Obviously, I'm very disappointed that I won't be playing in Glasgow this week, but the doctor has told me that I need complete rest for at least seven days, and I have to respect that," said Murray, who has won ATP titles in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Rotterdam this season. "I hoped that pulling out of Dubai when I did would give me enough time to recover, but this virus has hit me harder than any illness I've had before and I still feel terrible."

Britain's Davis Cup captain John Lloyd said he would consult with coach Paul Annacone on who should replace Murray on the team. *AP