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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2008, 16:49 GMT
Murray commits to next GB match
By Jonathan Overend
BBC tennis correspondent in Buenos Aires

John Lloyd
GB captain John Lloyd and his team face a difficult task in Argentina
Argentina v Great Britain
Date: 8-10 February (1300 GMT)
Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires
Coverage: Live on BBCi, BBC TWO and BBC Sport website (UK users only)

Andy Murray has assured GB captain John Lloyd that he will be available for future Davis Cup matches including a potential play-off later this year.

Murray misses this weekend's tie in Argentina, much to the annoyance of LTA officials and team-mates, but has told the captain it is a one-off.

"I've spoken to Andy and we had a good chat," Lloyd told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"He said it's a one-off and he's available for our next match, which is great news."

Murray pulled out of the World Group tie in Buenos Aires last Wednesday, saying he didn't want to risk injury by switching from hard courts to clay and back again.

I felt he had the ability to win both matches

Lloyd on Andy Murray

The Scot announced the news on his website and left his London-based agent to call the captain.

But in a phone conversation with Lloyd this week, the first direct contact between the pair since the shock news, the British number one made himself available for the next match, either a quarter-final in April or a September play-off.

"I told him on the phone I was sorry for him because this will be a great occasion whatever happens and told him I felt he had the ability to win both matches," said Lloyd.

Jamie Murray, who earlier criticised his younger brother's withdrawal, has revealed he has still yet to speak with Andy about the controversial move.

"We haven't spoken at all," he told 5 Live. "I was just told by John.

"I was shocked because I spoke to him the day before he was due to fly out and he didn't mention anything."

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Would he have expected a call? "Not really, that's just the way he is."

Lloyd, who had occasional tiffs with his own brother David on Davis Cup trips, doesn't believe the row will affect future morale.

"You have a few little disagreements but the bottom line is you're brothers. I don't think there'll be any problems in the future, we're all a bit frustrated about this match but we're moving on now.

"They have a great relationship, you only have to look at the way Andy reacts when Jamie's playing - he's more nervous than anyone.

"That's what being brothers is about. You're going to have a few little niggles but the bottom line is we're all going to be fine."

SEE ALSO
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30 Jan 08 |  Tennis


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