Murray playing Davis Cup QF pre clay season

Flint

Hall of Fame
..........on clay
(I couldn't see another thread)
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/20/andy-murray-rouen-davis-cup-tennis

Do you think this is a good idea?
If he is in poor form and withdrawing from Miami due to Elbow injury, is playing the Davis Cup not a bad idea? Wouldn't he benefit from more rest before the clay season begins properly?

I guess the counter argument is that he can shake off rust, try and get in to some form and get some clay practice before he actually has to defend points.

Maybe the lack of match play from AO, IW and Miami will help him to be fully rested from last year now.
 

Guitario

Rookie
In terms of points, he's effectively already won Miami due to Djokovic pulling out.. and he didn't have to hit a single ball - the added rest he desperately needs. Plus he loves playing Davis Cup and knows he's going to be the difference between GB winning or losing against the French.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
..........on clay
(I couldn't see another thread)
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/20/andy-murray-rouen-davis-cup-tennis

Do you think this is a good idea?
If he is in poor form and withdrawing from Miami due to Elbow injury, is playing the Davis Cup not a bad idea? Wouldn't he benefit from more rest before the clay season begins properly?

I guess the counter argument is that he can shake off rust, try and get in to some form and get some clay practice before he actually has to defend points.

Maybe the lack of match play from AO, IW and Miami will help him to be fully rested from last year now.
Maybe it shows he's prioritising the FO this year - or perhaps the Davis Cup means that much to him? Without him GB is the underdog against France. Will be interesting to see where his clay game is at the moment.
 

Deanjam

Professional
Couldn't be a better place or surface to play before Monte Carlo. He's hardly played this year so shouldn't be feeling fatigued any more.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
I don't think this is a good movement under normal circumstances, but due to earl losses so far this year, Murray may need more match practice. He should know best.
 

guitarra

Professional
Very awkward decision for me.

He should concentrate on important ranking events (mainly clay masters as leading up to his RG bid) to back up and prolong his no 1 reigning. If he continues like he's doing now since the beginning of 2017 he will certainly remain no 1 till Wimbledon but then will go quickly downwards (he tons of points to defend in the autumn).
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
If Andy can play on the clay as he did in 2015, I put him as the favorite for the FO this year. That's something I never thought anyone would say: "Murray is the favorite for the French Open..." But only if he rediscovers his clay form from 2015. I think his best-ever clay match was the 2015 Munich final against Kohly. He played brilliant ball there, even though it was a tight match.
 
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