A very wise and not surprising decision by Andy not to play in MC. The Davis Cup is clearly much more important to him, and he may have to play on all three days, so why go on to knacker himself when he's just recovering from his back op in a non-mandatory tournament, where he has very few points to defend, in the hope of picking up a few more?
Will he be tempted to play in Oerias? Well the DC runs from 4-6 April and Oerias doesn't start until the 28th, the week before Madrid, so there's a three week break. Barcelona has to be ruled out anyway because Andy will be coming to the UK to pick up his award of the Freedom of Stirling on 23 April as well as attending the official opening of Cromlix House.
Obviously Andy will do what Andy wants to do, or probably what Lendl wants him to do, but I think he may have now realised that going into a Masters 'cold', especially one on clay, isn't a good idea, and Oerias sounds like the perfect warm-up, so I hope he does go for it.
Just in case anyone's a bit confused - as I was - the Portuguese tournament is now officially listed as being located in Oeiras rather Estoril. It's the same place - don't know why they changed its description.
From the ATP website:
"The location of the tournament, which remains unchanged, was formerly referred to as Estoril"
I think the ATP have got confused. Estoril and Oerias are not the same place - http://www.portugalvirtual.pt/cascais-estoril/sightseeing.php#.UyUU8o1F3IU
Also the former Estoril Open had its name changed to the Portugal Open in 2013 by the organisers in order to present the tournament as a Portuguese well-organized event, and it's actually held in Jamor in the Municipality of Oerias.