Andy Murray to return from fatherhood in Davis Cup

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 24, 2016 11:43 AM
Andy Murray to return from fatherhood in Davis Cup
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, Britain's Andy Murray, center left, hugs his girlfriend Kim Sears, after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer to win the men's singles 2012 Summer Olympics gold medal match, played at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, in London. Andy Murray has become a father for the first time after his wife, Kim Sears, gave birth to a girl. Murray's management company says Sears gave birth on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 a week after the 28-year-old Scot lost the Australian Open final. No further details were provided. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, file)
LONDON (AP) — Returning to tennis for the first time since becoming a father, Andy Murray will lead Britain's Davis Cup team when it opens the defense of its title against Japan next week.

Murray and his brother, doubles specialist Jamie, were part of the five-man squad selected Tuesday by captain Leon Smith for the first-round World Group series in Birmingham on March 4-6.

Andy Murray's wife, Kim Sears, gave birth to their first child, daughter Sophia, on Feb. 7. Murray has not played since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final on Jan. 31.

"Andy Murray has once again demonstrated his commitment to the team and his country in making himself available to play, especially so soon after becoming a father," Britain captain Leon Smith said.

Murray secured all three points when Britain beat Belgium in last year's final for its first Davis Cup title in 79 years.

Also selected in the squad were Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot and Dan Evans. The winner of the match will play Serbia or Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals on July 15-17.

"Japan have a very strong team, progressed well in recent years and, with Kei Nishikori, have an established top-10 player," Smith said. "It will be a test for us, but I'm confident in our team and I'm sure when the guys pull on their GB shirt they will give their all."

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