British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith confirmed on Tuesday that his side will suffer the huge blow of Andy Murray not being available for next week’s quarter final away to France.
The elbow injury to the world No 1, described as a ‘tear’ by his brother Jamie, will keep him sidelined and heavily tilts the tie in favour of the home nation. Exact details of the Murray injury are still awaited, but there is the chance that he might also miss the Monte Carlo Open, which is his next scheduled tournament that begins on April 17.
The days are gone when all hope is lost in Murray’s absence but there will now be a huge onus on 22 year-old Kyle Edmund, by far Britain’s most proficient clay court player. That is the indoor surface being laid in Rouen, and it is certainly not the favoured environment of second singles player Dan Evans.