Murray surprised by Rusedski plan
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:18
The 35-year-old announced last month he has asked for wildcard entries to some tournaments and expressed an interest in returning to play for Great Britain in the Davis Cup, but Murray warned him he will find it tough after almost two years out of the game.
Murray said: “I find it surprising. Everyone is entitled to do what they want but if I was to retire, I don’t think I would try to come back.”
He added: “It’s a long time he’s been out for and the game is very strong right now. If he goes and plays some tournaments and he is doing well, then maybe he has made the right decision. But I wouldn’t expect him to.”
There have already been reports Rusedski has abandoned plans to return to the tour.
Cup captain John Lloyd does not think Rusedski will return for the Europe/Africa zone tie against Ukraine in Glasgow in March and Murray insists he must earn his place back in the team rather than be parachuted in on reputation alone.
“I said to John, ‘I wouldn’t just put someone on the team, that’s not played at all, just because it’s Greg’,” 21-year-old Murray told The Guardian.
“It would be the same if it was Tim (Henman) or whatever.”
Murray felt Rusedski should try his luck in the play-offs Lloyd has set up to decide who should claim the second Davis Cup singles berth.
At the moment, six British players – not including Rusedski – are set to fight it out at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton the week before the Ukraine match, with anyone who wins three best-of-five-set matches there getting the chance to join Murray in the singles.