Neil Harman's latest offerings from The Times- Andy Murray adds to the buzz after Great Britain’s Davis Cup victory over Russia http://t.co/vgBxCa5sdh
"The messages arrived at almost every change of ends, little notes of support, inspirational words and impulses as Andy Murray watched the Davis Cup tie that he wasn’t able to play in become one that prepared the way for a sparkling return later in the year.
The phone of Leon Smith, the Great Britain captain, was buzzing constantly on the third day of the 3-2 victory over Russia in Coventry that secured the nation a place in tomorrow’s draw for a World Group play-off for which Murray has promised he will be available.
“The main theme was how proud Andy was of the boys, the way they were playing and the job they were doing,” Smith said. “You could see how pumped the team were to know that he was following the whole thing from America and what they were doing meant a great deal to him.”
What matters between now and the next tie in September – where there is potential for visits from Switzerland and Australia or travels to Spain or Croatia – is that every member of the squad raises their game, most especially the two players, James Ward and Dan Evans, whose singles victories on Sunday caused such an historic furore.
As Evans pointed out, he will be attempting to qualify for a tournament in Munich next week when Evgeny Donskoy, the Russian he thrashed in straight sets to complete the unlikeliest of British tennis successes, is in the field with Murray, Rafael Nadal et al at next week’s Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.
For Smith, this was his finest hour as captain, four years after he became the LTA’s head of men’s tennis to minimal fanfare. “Most people doubted the appointment but I’ve enjoyed the research side of the game and developing my own skills,” he said. “You end up studying the game a lot more and I had Judy Murray mentoring me for many years which has been brilliant. I’ve still got a long way to go to develop the job further and now it’s about these players building on what they accomplished this week.”