Andy Murray plans to skip the Davis Cup because he is unsure if he is “worthy to play” for Britain and the former world number one also said he needs some time off before competing at the Australian Open.
Britain are scheduled to play France and the Czech Republic in Innsbruck in the Davis Cup group stages on 27–28 November, with the competition ending on 5 December.
The Australian Open is due to take place at Melbourne Park in January and Murray, 34, said he wants to recover and spend time with his family before playing the first Grand Slam of the year.
“I owe a lot to the Davis Cup and sometimes to my loss physically,” Murray told the BBC after Alexander Zverev’s third-round loss to Indian Wells on Tuesday.
“I don’t even think I’ll play now, either. Obviously it will depend on (UK captain) Lyon (Smith), but I’m not sure I deserve to play in that team.
“Right now, I am not planning to play Davis Cup and with its late finish and early departure for Australia, with my schedule between now and the end of the year, I will have to rest and take a break and Give my body a chance to breathe.”
Melbourne has been locked down for months as authorities battle to control an outbreak of the highly contagious delta version when starting vaccination. Tennis Australia has not yet disclosed any arrangements for the players for the Grand Slam.