Ward Vows To Fight For Place
[Sky Sports, 13 Feb]
Murray's return could see axe fall on Londoner
British number two James Ward has warned man-of-the-moment Dan Evans he will not give up his Davis Cup spot without a fight.
Ward was the key player in Britain's climb back into Europe/Africa Zone I but was overshadowed by compatriot Evans during Great Britain's dramatic victory over Slovakia at the weekend.
The Londoner, ranked 156 in the world, won only one set in clashes against Lukas Lacko and Martin Klizan, while Evans beat both Slovaks in Glasgow.
The pair will return to Braehead Arena in April to take on Belgium and should Andy Murray, absent this time, choose to play, captain Leon Smith will have to choose between Ward and Evans for the second singles spot.
Ward told Press Association Sport: "I've been here for two and a half years and my Davis Cup record's a pretty decent one, even with these two losses.Dilemma
"I've won a lot of big matches so it would be difficult for me to chuck myself out of the team at the moment, but it's up to Leon."
Ward headed off to the United States on Monday for a series of tournaments as he bids to lift his ranking above its current 156, something he feels Davis Cup has not always helped.
The Londoner added: "It's a good run of tournaments and I know I'm playing a good level so I'm looking forward to it. It doesn't help taking weeks off and not gaining points but you've always got to play for your country when asked and that's what I've done.
"Sometimes it's not beneficial to the ranking but I'll concentrate on trying to boost my ranking for the next few months and get into the top 100, which has been my goal for a while."
Smith welcomed the potential selection dilemma, with Jamie Baker, who was injured for this tie, and Josh Goodall also hoping to come into contention.
"That's what we want," said the Scot. "It's not as healthy having a clear number one and a clear number two and then the rest, you want everyone challenging for a spot on the team.
"What Dan's done this weekend, other people will think, 'I'm not that far away from Dan, I want a bit of this', and they should be thinking, 'If he can do it, I can do it'."http://www1.skysports.com/tennis/news/12110/7518734/Ward-vows-to-fight-for-place