Having just listened to the remarks of the commentators at Braehead, there is no doubt in my mind that they are totally aware of Andy's true fitness levels and leave us to read between the lines. I now appreciate just how much pressure rests with the other lads to pull off this very important clash. When a player withdraws from a tournament he lets down his international fan base. When he pulls out of a DC match, he lets down his country. Unless Andy IS considerably unfit, I suspect he will now be feeling mighty awkward. I know I would be. Leon Smith wanting Andy to win a GS won't ensure Leon keeps his DC captaincy if the team loses and why should Ivan be too bothered by Andy's absence, he's not British. Rory McIlroy once spoke out of turn about the importance of the Ryder Cup, but he soon changed his tune and was adored as a result of it. Come on Dan Evans!!!
Sorry FCR - but I agree with Joe. I don't care if Andy is fit as a flea. He has a tough year ahead of him and Leon and the team appreciate that. It's high time the other lads stepped up to the plate, and Slovakia will be a good test for them. GB will have to play lights-out, but Slovakia are not unbeatable. Also Andy has given his all for GB in the past, which is more than Federer has ever done for Switzerland - playing 20 ties in 13 years is pathetic. I certainly don't hold anything against Andy for reaching what was, for him, clearly a difficult decision.
GB getting good crowd support, particularly from the usual enthusiastic Stirling Uni mob!