I wonder if the USA are making the same judgement that Croatia made, that either Andy won't play or he won't play well on the clay. Well, it didn't work out for Croatia.
I know we're not exactly known for our clay expertise, but then again I don't think the USA are either.
Jim Courier, US Davis Cup captain: “You have to look at all the factors; you can’t just look at Andy Murray,” Courier said. “You have to assume that if you play him on a bed of nails, he’s going to be a tough out.”http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/sports/tennis/take-me-out-to-the-davis-cup-us-to-play-britain-in-baseball-park.html?smid=tw-share
Courier said the decision to play outdoors on clay was a team one and was also because, given previous results, it was the British team’s weakest surface. Andy Murray, the reigning Wimbledon champion, missed the end of this season after back surgery, but he is expected to return to the tour in 2014 and has said that, if healthy, he will play the first round of the Davis Cup.
Murray has had great success on clay, reaching the semifinals of the Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Rome, and of the French Open in 2011. But he has yet to win a major title on the surface and is more consistently dangerous on hardcourts and grass. Britain’s next best singles players — James Ward and Daniel Evans — have had more success on faster surfaces.