Davis Cup: Andy Murray unavailable for Great Britain's tie against Russia

Last Updated: 31/01/13 4:02pm

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Andy Murray will bypass the Davis Cup in order to work on the clay

Andy Murray will bypass the Davis Cup in order to work on the clay

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Andy Murray will play no part in Great Britain's Davis Cup tie with Russia due to clay court commitments.

The US Open champion narrowly missed out on a second Grand Slam title in falling to Novak Djokovic in this month's Australian Open final - and is determined to begin the upcoming clay court season in style.

"It's a shame to miss out on the Davis Cup, as I always enjoy playing," world number three Murray said.

"I speak to (Great Britain captain) Leon Smith and the team on a regular basis and will definitely be available to play the next Davis Cup tie later this year."

Murray, 25, has traditionally struggled to produce his best on clay and has reached the semi-finals of the French Open just once, when he was muscled out by Rafa Nadal in 2011.

In his absence, Smith's Great Britain team will be bidding to reach the 16-nation World Group play-offs by surprising the Russians at Coventry's Ricoh Arena in the first week of April.

Smith said: "We totally understand Andy's position. He has worked extremely hard on his game, elevating it to another level and we have all seen the fruits of that since Wimbledon.

"Andy's success continues to inspire more and more young people to take up the sport and we look forward to welcoming him back into the team in September."

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