Murray likely to skip ATP finals for Davis Cup preparation

Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:12am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's dedication to the Davis Cup has proved invaluable to the British team, but it may also rob the ATP Tour Finals of one of it's biggest draws this year.

The 28-year-old has performed heroics in helping Britain to its first Davis Cup final for 37 years, winning both his singles and a doubles to guide the team past Australia in last weekend's semi-final in Glasgow.

The final will be played in Belgium from Nov 27-29 -- just a few days after the ATP's season-finale at London's O2 Arena for which Murray has already sealed one of the eight spots up for grabs.

Winning the ATP's showpiece would normally be a priority for Murray, especially as he is yet to do it, but his priorities will now be on helping Britain win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936.

To complicate matters further, Belgium are likely to choose an indoor clay surface, hoping to nullify the effect of world number three Murray who favors hard courts.

"The O2 would obviously be a question mark for me if we were playing on the clay," Murray told BBC Radio 5.

"I would go and train and prepare on the clay to get ready for the final.

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Tennis - Great Britain v Australia - Davis Cup Semi Final - Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland - 20/9/15
Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after winning his match and reaching the Davis Cup final
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