After making a lot of effort in the last years especially in 2015 where he won 11 rubbers on 11 played, this year Andy Murray didn´t play any Davis Cup tie, withdrawing from the one against Canada in February and the one lost to France in April. Jamie Murray, Andy´s brother, doesn´t know if the World No. 1 will play Davis Cup in 2018. ´I don´t know [if I can offer any reassurance]´, the doubles player said. ´I hope he wants to put himself forward because it obviously makes a big difference to our team when he´s playing. It will basically come down to his schedule, and whether his team want him to play. That is just the way it is. The schedule is tough, it´s a long year, especially for him and a lot of the other top guys, who are playing a lot of matches. It´s always going to be on a case-by-case basis.´
´If we don´t [have Andy] then in the World Group it´s going to be difficult, especially against France or countries who have players at the top of the game´, Jamie added. ´Andy is our No. 1 player and No. 1 in the world. If he played [in Rouen] then we would probably have been starting the France tie 2-0 up [effectively]. That´s a huge advantage, and we can potentially win the doubles´. Next year matches will probably be at the best of three sets and so more top players might play Davis Cup, including Murray.