Andy Murray admits it was a wrench to make himself unavailable for Great Britain’s Davis Cup clash with Uzbekistan. Murray was due to line up in the GB team for next week’s World Group play-off in what could have been his final chance to play competitively in Scotland.
The format is changing next year and it remains to be seen where the nations will play, and so the 31-year-old was desperate to feature in Glasgow.
However, the three-time Grand Slam winner is still on the comeback trail from hip surgery in January and lasted just two matches at the US Open before being knocked out.
He will continue his rehabilitation for the good of his long-term career but would love to have played in front of his home fans one last time.
“I found this decision emotionally challenging,” he said on social media. “Having been born in Glasgow and growing up in Scotland I would never have imagined I would see such passionate fans packing out stadiums for tennis matches.
“Having been recommended to take a couple of weeks off hitting to continue my reconditioning, I didn’t want to just show up not ready to perform to a high enough standard and ultimately let my team-mates and country down.
“With this possibly being my last chance to compete in Scotland as a professional I really wanted to be there with the team.”