This has all happened before. We will never achieve anything in the World Group with one good player. Andy got us to the World Group in 2008 by playing three matches in every single tie, when we got there we got thrashed by Austria and Argentina because they have solid teams, after which Andy stopped playing "because of demanding fixtures" and we got demoted to E&A Group II again. He should scrap it for good, its a vicious cycle. Andy is a world class player but Team GB is not.
I seem to recall that Andy missed the Argentina tie because of much-disputed knee injury. Anyway, I don't want to see him wrecking himself next year to possibly no good effect - and here the Poland tie springs to mind - but the one consolation is that I consider Smith to be a far better captain than JL was, and hopefully that might have a beneficial effect on the other players. I realise you can't make silk purses out of sows' ears, but we do have Ollie Golding coming through who strikes me as being a solid if slightly feisty player who shouldn't be fazed by performing in front of the public, something which caused Ward to tighten up at Braehead because he knew was the favourite to win. Also Fleming/Hutchins seem to be on the way to making a name for themselves as a good doubles pairing. So maybe the future of the British DC team isn't all doom and gloom.
Interesting that Martina Navratalova has come out in support of Andy and the other top players complaining about the number of matches, and she said that the players have to travel more than, when she played they played mainly in America, Europe and Australia, she also made the point that the game is much harder now and puts more strain on the body, so I hope that Stitch and LLoydd will go back in their boxes as they have not given a true picture of the game now and when they played.
I liked what she said - that such a level of intensity without couldn't be maintained "and not put your body in hospital eventually. I don't know why Andy Murray should be criticised for taking charge of his life
. Just a pity Martina isn't British!
Never heard Castle being called that before.
Another has-been who should realise that things have moved on in the last two decades