Davis Cup: Kyle Edmund named in GB squad for San Diego World Group clash
Last Updated: 21/01/14 1:21pm
Kyle Edmund at SW19 last summer
Teenager Kyle Edmund has been named in Great Britain's Davis Cup squad to take on the United States next week.
The 19-year-old who lives in Yorkshire will join up with Andy Murray, James Ward and doubles specialist Colin Fleming for Britain's first match back in the elite World Group for six years.
But Dan Evans has been left out of the match in San Diego because it is being staged on clay - his least favourite surface.
The British No 2 may also have been dropped because he opted to go home after losing during qualifying for the Australian Open rather than travel to Hawaii with Ward to play in a Challenger tournament.
Edmund is the British No 8 and world No 372, with the hosts at the Petco Park baseball stadium naming John Isner and Sam Querrey as their singles players.
Isner, currently struggling with an ankle injury, is ranked 13th while Querrey is 51st.
The Bryan brothers - Bob and Mike - will team up for the doubles while it is 28 years since Britain last won a World Group clash.
Edmund is ranked 222 spots below Evans and Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith said: "Both James and Kyle are very much in the frame and if it is Kyle then I've got no fears about him playing in that environment.
"He's got the game and I think he's ready to move up quickly this year. He's put in the hard work to be able to play best of five sets on clay."
Regarding the decision to omit Evans, Smith added: "Had this tie been on a fast indoor hard court then he would have been the first name on the team sheet after Andy, no question.
"It's a shame that Dan thought he couldn't go to Hawaii but he had his reasons, it was his choice. He'll certainly be in the frame for the next tie."