Great Britain barely made it to the Final Eight at the Davis Cup Finals, requiring some doubles magic from Evans and Skupski to get it done. They were supposed to send one of the best teams on paper with Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Jack Draper, and Neal Skupski.
It was a team that had good singles players and good doubles players who all knew how to play indoors. Unfortunately, Dan Evans picked up an injury, which was a huge blow for the team because they lost a really solid doubles player who worked well with Skupski.
That was a problem in itself, and now they lost veteran voice Andy Murray, who delivered a crucial point the last time the country played. Murray announced the withdrawal just days before the start of the competition. It's because of a shoulder injury.
I've picked up a minor shoulder injury which means I won't be able to take part in the Davis Cup. I'm gutted not to be part of the team but my focus is now on rehab.
It's unfortunate for both Murray and the team. He was looking forward to sport Union Jack once more. It's pretty well understood that he won't get many more chances to do so.
The team lost a capable player who was good for both singles and doubles. It's not the end of the world, as Draper and Norrie can do some damage together with Skupski, who is one of the better doubles players on the ATP Tour.
The event begins on the 21st of November, with the host city being Malaga. The competing nations are Australia, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, and defending champions Canada.