Playing at Braehead last time we saw an emotional Andy enjoying being home and the team camaraderie. It seemed to be important to him and although I seem to be very much in the minority, I actually think it is pretty selfish to let down the team, his country and more importantly all the fans who gave him such a hero's welcome last time. It is after all three perhaps only two games of tennis, unlikely to be very demanding and just a couple of days out of his schedule. He is apparently going to be in Scotland anyway at some publicity event. Everyone knows that the Scottish venue was repeated to try and ensure Andy played and I think a lot less of him for not stepping up, I really do. I don't like when he behaves like Federer etc and says I am too big and important for this little event - I want Andy to be different like when he takes such care to sign all the autographs. I'm afraid I don't think he is injured any more than Nadal was at the Oz Open.
So where did you hear/read that amazing statement MT? Andy said he felt gutted not to be able to play. OK so he might only have to play a couple of 3 setters, but if the main problem is a pinched nerve in his back, well that's something he definitely doesn't want to be troubled with, so why risk aggravating it? Also if you read my earlier post I quoted a section from the Scotsman which states that Andy said that he had doubts about his participation this time around because of the changes made to the calendar to accommodate the Olympics, with the Davis Cup weeks brought forward from the usual March and July to February and April. So we were at least warned that he might not play. He didn't just spring it on us.
Moreover, don't you know Nadal isn't playing any
DC ties this year? At least Andy has said he'll play later in the year if necessary.
The only thing I agree with is that I think it was unwise of Smith to chose Braehead for the third consecutive time, because it does look a bit like a set-up for Andy, although he's a friend of Andy's and must have been aware that his participation was in doubt because of his schedule.
Ward withdrew to avoid aggravating a shin/knee problem he's had in the past. I think he would have played the tournament anyway if it wasn't due to one of the airlines he was travelling with losing all of his luggage, including rackets, tennis kit and the tennis shoes he plays with. And as far as I'm aware, the particular shoes/trainers he plays in offsets the issue with the shin/knee.
And Golding and Broady are playing in Futures events in Turkey this month in order for then to build up their rankings.
What tough luck for Ward. The LTA website isn't updated as of this moment and still shows him in the squad. So Goodall and/or Baker perhaps? I don't think we can afford to go below a ranking of 300 - but it's up to Leon Smith to decide. Can't say I envy him his job just now but I'm just soooooo thankful that John Lloyd is no longer captain. He was well past his sell by date.