For a while now, perhaps until injuries struck, Andy Murray has headlined British tennis, mostly in a good way. The 34-year old shone both individually and as a team, somehow making it impossible for Britain to appear without him in matters of tennis.
Andy admitted that he didn’t deserve to be selected for this year’s Davis Cup as a member of Team Britain, though, and for that reason or others, he was left out of Britain’s representatives.
One half of the doubles’ competitors, Joe Salisbury, believes that even without Murray, the English nation is capable enough to perform well, stating that the nation’s performance has largely depended on Andy’s game in the past.
“Even without Andy playing, this feels like a strong team…we feel like we can have a good run here,” declared Salisbury, who has won three grand slams this year alone. Joe justified his statements by citing the achievements of each team member in 2021. “I think…all the players have had the best year of their careers.”
The 29 year old recognized his and other Briton’s title wins in 2021, stating that those are motivation enough for any challenge. “…those titles motivate and inspire everyone,” he said. Joe admitted that some teams are better than Britain on paper, but they (Britain) trust their ability.
“We will be underdogs going into some matches…It is tough but we are confident,” he assured. The French duo they’re set to face beat Salisbury last week in the ATP tour finals, so the latter and his partner must dig deep to get a win.
After Murray’s injury-caused exit two years ago, his nation was knocked out in the semis. Hopefully, the Britons can really ‘get out of Murray’s shadow’ and outperform their 2019 results.