Andy Murray keen to play full role in Davis Cup defence

Murray sealed the Davis Cup title with a win over Belgium`s David Goffin. 

Reuters| Last Updated: Mar 03, 2016, 23:17 PM IST
Andy Murray keen to play full role in Davis Cup defence

London: Andy Murray remains committed to playing a full part in Great Britain`s Davis Cup defense despite the prospect of a packed schedule hampering the world number two`s chances of leading the side to a repeat triumph. 

Murray was instrumental in ending Britain`s 79-year wait for the title that culminated with victory over Belgium in Ghent last November and he will be back on court for a first round tie against Japan in Birmingham on Friday.

Should his side advance past the Kei Nishikori-led Japan, Murray has pledged to play in a potential quarter-final against either Serbia or Kazakhstan that falls between Wimbledon and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"That`s the plan, but it`s hypothetical just now. Providing everything goes well, I would play in the Davis Cup, then have a little break and play Toronto and the Olympics, and potentially not play in Cincinnati," Murray told the BBC.

"I`ve always enjoyed representing my country. Statistically I`ve played by far my best tennis when I`ve played for Great Britain."

The 28-year-old sealed the Davis Cup title with a win over Belgium`s David Goffin, having contributed to 11 of Britain`s 12 winning rubbers in the World Group campaign.

Victory against Japan could see Murray pitted against c rival and world number one Novak Djokovic should Serbia also advance.