Murray commits to Scottish Davis Cup team

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Update: This was of course for April Fools. Our thanks to those who played along with the story in the forum. - Ed
Andy Murray has committed himself to the Scottish Davis Cup team for the next six years. The Scot’s decision to turn his back on the British outfit follows British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith’s assertion that he will lead the Scottish team should independence come about this September.

It’s a huge relief for Scots-born Smith to have the world number 8 backing the splinter group, especially as Murray’s commitment to the British team has at times been lukewarm over the last eight years or so.

Under ITF rules, the Scottish side would begin Davis Cup life at the lowest possible level. That means Europe/Africa Zone III, where less-than-esteemed opponents include Iceland, San Marino and Armenia.

At that level, Davis Cup ties are week-long events played in one location, with just two of the 16 nations promoted to Zone II. But Smith certainly has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, with doubles specialists Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray already Davis Cup regulars for Britain.

At a packed press conference at the Napoli Tennis Club, where Britain will take on Italy in the quarter-finals of this year’s team competition next weekend, the Scot said, “It’s a golden era right now for tennis in Scotland. Col and Jamie are committed to the doubles and even Ross is checking his family tree. We could do very well.”

Smith said, “Andy’s not deterred by the gruelling schedule. A week-long series of dogfights on a public park against players ranked outside the world’s top 1000 is just the kind of confidence-booster the lad needs right now.”

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond chipped in, “I can’t wait for the boy to pull on that Saltire jersey and claim his rightful nationhood.”

The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18th September.
DO NOT LET INDEPENDENCE HAPPEN!

VOTE NO!
April 01, 2014, 07:52 AM
By Connor

Ive just noticed that dont know why its done that
April 01, 2014, 08:10 AM
By super saintyy

INDEPENDENCE IS RUINING MY LIFE! What a shocking announcement.
April 01, 2014, 08:19 AM
By Connor

The most worrying aspect is the rumour that this news has caused a split between Kim and Andy and who will get custody of the dogs?
April 01, 2014, 08:22 AM
By Iluvandy

INDEPENDENCE IS RUINING MY LIFE! What a shocking announcement.

THE UNION IS RUINING MY LIFE.!!!
April 01, 2014, 08:23 AM
By Iluvandy

Can't say that I am overly surprised by this news; I was reading something about it on a web site a couple of days ago. I'll search through my browser's history for the web address later and post it here.
April 01, 2014, 08:24 AM
By tomthoms

There's a great quote from Sir Sean Connery about this in an article in the Times today.
Sorry can't post link since it's behind the paywall.
April 01, 2014, 08:25 AM
By matchpoint

The most worrying aspect is the rumour that this news has caused a split between Kim and Andy and who will get custody of the dogs?

Judy.
April 01, 2014, 08:35 AM
By ProdigyEng

Judy travels a lot as does Andy so I think it should be Kim.     In any case Maggie May was a present from her parents.   
April 01, 2014, 08:52 AM
By Iluvandy

Well that's a bit gutting. Davis Cup isn't going to be the same if the independance comes to fruition. Might have to follow Ross and look through my family history to see if I can find any valid excuse...
April 01, 2014, 09:25 AM
By TheMadHatter

Will the story change after noon today?
April 01, 2014, 10:42 AM
By FCR

Will the story change after noon today?

You do all know, don't you?
That Today is April the 1st?
I mean c'mon lol
April 01, 2014, 11:15 AM
By Cmongoose

You do all know, don't you?
That Today is April the 1st?
I mean c'mon lol

It must be getting near 12 o'clock, Cmongoose - all previous messages pointing out the date have been deleted!
April 01, 2014, 11:26 AM
By Alis

It must be getting near 12 o'clock, Cmongoose - all previous messages pointing out the date have been deleted!

aha its a running joke to entrap the unaware then.
Somewhat relieved that not everyone has fallen for it for obvious reasons.
It felt like a parallel universe there for a second.
April 01, 2014, 11:31 AM
By Cmongoose

According to Andy's latest tweet, he will be announcing his coach tomorrow ............................ Whistle Whistle Whistle
April 01, 2014, 11:38 AM
By Alis

According to Andy's latest tweet, he will be announcing his coach tomorrow ............................ Whistle Whistle Whistle

Considering the date, do we think that is genuine?
April 01, 2014, 11:51 AM
By Joe

Considering the date, do we think that is genuine?
Not sure, but there is some quick movement in the bookies odds market - Darren Cahill odds have shortened dramatically (though still just behind Dani)
April 01, 2014, 12:02 PM
By althusser

Considering the date, do we think that is genuine?
Considering the date will be 2 April, yes I would think it is genuine? The comment itself being a joke doesn't make sense.
April 01, 2014, 12:35 PM
By Mark

Leon Smith is favourite. But you can have Barry Cowan at 250-1.
April 01, 2014, 01:02 PM
By Grabcopy

Considering the date will be 2 April, yes I would think it is genuine? The comment itself being a joke doesn't make sense.

I just seem to remember him delivering an April Fool's after 12pm a few years back so wouldn't put it past him to try one out a day later this time! lol
April 01, 2014, 01:04 PM
By Joe

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