London - Andy
Murray was left out of Great Britain's initial four-man team for next
week's Davis Cup World Group first-round meeting with Canada, which was
announced on Tuesday.
Captain Leon Smith says Murray needs rest following his shock
Australian Open fourth-round defeat at the hands of Germany's Mischa
But he has not ruled out drafting the world number one into the team
if he changes his mind about competing in the Ottawa match, which begins
on February 3.
"We will continue to speak with Andy in the coming days regarding his
potential involvement and if he decides he would like to be part of the
team, then we can of course change the nominations as necessary," said
In Murray's expected absence, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray
and Dominic Inglot are due to line up for Britain at the TD Place Arena.
The winners of the tie will play either France or Japan in the
quarter-finals in April, with the losers facing a relegation play-off
after the US Open in September.
Murray's next tournament is scheduled to be the Dubai Duty Free Championships at the end of February.
He inspired Britain to glory in the 2015 Davis Cup - their first
triumph in the tournament since 1936 - but they fell to eventual
champions Argentina in last year's semi-finals.