Doesn't he have to play to qualify for the Olympics?
No Caz. He's already met the criteria for that, which is that players wishing to represent their country must play in at least one DC tie in the year prior to the qualifying date, which is March next year.
I'm sure Andy will play if he possibly can - the team obviously means a lot to him. Seemingly, he didn't know that the DC schedule had been changed for next year to fit round the Olympics - strange that the powers that be didn't consult the players before deciding on the changes. The players are going to have a meeting when they are altogether in Shanghai to try to sort it out.
I'm sure he will too. He's often said how much he enjoys being part of the team and playing for his country (and he does mean Great Britain). I'm not surprised the players are up in arms about the scheduling. It's very unfortunate that, although they're represented on the ATP board, they have absolutely no say in what the ITF does. Of course the ITF are blaming the ATP for next year's schedule and say that the players' complaints should be addressed to them. Talk about passing the buck!
If he played DC this year in February he'd have lost his singles matches.
That's why he wants to dodge.
Andy hasn't said he doesn't want to play in the DC next year, so please don't accuse him of trying to chicken out before he's opened his mouth. Also what happened in February this year doesn't mean it'll happen again next year.