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Tennis: Murray makes Davis Cup return

Andy Murray has been named in Great Britain's team for this year's Davis Cup and his inclusion brings back some fond memories.

It has been three years since Murray last featured in a Davis Cup tie, but he has a great affinity with the competition after leading GB to the championship in 2015.

Murray will be hoping to have a similar influence this year after being included in the team alongside Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and world doubles No.1 Joe Salisbury.

What

2022 Davis Cup Finals

Where

Matches being held in Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg, Valencia and Malaga

When

13th September-27th November 2022

How to watch

Sky Sports or BBC iPlayer

Odds

N/A

Remembering 2015

Great Britain had not won the Davis Cup for 79 years before Murray led the team to an historic success in 2015.

This was Murray at his very best, as he had already landed two of his three Grand Slam titles, while the injury concerns that have dogged the latter part of his career were still a long way away.

Having inspired GB to victories over the United States, France and Australia, it was fitting that Murray claimed the winning point in the final against Belgium, as his singles victory over David Goffin put them into an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.

Of course it was not just the Scot that helped GB win that title, as Evans was also part of the squad alongside Kyle Edmund and Murray's brother and doubles partner, Jamie.

However, there is no escaping just what an important role Murray played in that success and there is something about representing Great Britain that brings the very best out of the Scot, as he has also won two gold medals in the men's singles at the Olympics.Draper unlucky to miss out for now

Murray has not just been included on GB's team for nostalgic reasons, as he has enjoyed his best season on the ATP Tour since undergoing hip surgery for the first time in 2018, reaching two finals and breaking back into the top 50 of the world rankings.

Currently 47th in the world, Murray will form a strong singles team alongside Evans and Norrie, the latter is the British men's No.1 and priced at 50/1 to claim a first Grand Slam title at the US Open next month.

However, Murray's inclusion has meant that the rising star of British tennis, Jack Draper, has missed out on selection.

Draper has enjoyed a breakthrough season, as he was outside the top-250 in the world at the start of the year, but has since risen to a career-high ranking of 55 and is priced at 200/1 to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

The 20-year-old reached the quarter-finals of last week's Canadian open - the first time he has achieved such a feat at a Masters 1,000 tournament - and he certainly appears to have a bright future.

All hope is not lost for Draper, however, as GB's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith has confirmed they will be adding a fifth player to the team over the coming weeks, opening the door for the left-hander or doubles specialist Neal Skupski.

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Home advantage for Team GB

Part of Great Britain's Davis Cup success in 2015 was built on the support of a raucous home crowd at Glasgow's Emirates Arena, which hosted two of their matches that year, including the semi-final win over Australia.

Glasgow is one of four host cities being used for this year's group stage alongside Bologna, Hamburg and Valencia in September, while Malaga will stage the knockout rounds in November.

The good news for Great Britain is all their Group D fixtures will be held not only in Glasgow, but at the Emirates Arena, starting with their clash with the United States on 14th September.

That will be followed by further group ties against the Netherlands two days later and Kazakhstan on 18th September.

Only the top two teams from each of the four groups will advance through to the knockout stages, but with Murray part of the team, Great Britain will be dreaming of repeating their 2015 heroics.

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