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Murray questions Rusedski return

Andy Murray and Greg Rusedski
Murray (left) does not expect Rusedski's return to be a success

British number one Andy Murray believes Greg Rusedski will struggle if he makes a return to competitive tennis.

After retiring in 2007, Rusedski, 35, revealed in January he wanted wildcard entries to some tournaments and was also keen on playing in the Davis Cup.

Murray, 21, told The Guardian: "I find it surprising. Everyone is entitled to do what they want but if I retired I don't think I would try to come back.

"It's a long time he's been out for and the game is very strong right now."

Since making his exit from the playing arena in April 2007, Rusedski has taken up a role at the Lawn Tennis Association to help identify and develop talented youngsters.

The Canadian-born 18-time ATP Tour winner dismissed rumours of a Davis Cup comeback in September.

But in January, GB captain John Lloyd revealed he had turned down a request from Rusedski to be considered for the Europe/Africa Zone tie against Ukraine in Glasgow on 6-8 March.

Rusedski said at the time he was disappointed and expressed his ambitions to enter some ATP events and "see what happens and take it from there".

606: DEBATE

Murray, currently playing in the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, added: "If Rusedski goes and plays some tournaments and he is doing well, then maybe he has made the right decision but I wouldn't expect him to."

The Scot also believes any recall for his former team-mate should be earned and not based on reputation.

"I said to John, 'I wouldn't just put someone on the team, that's not played at all, just because it's Greg'," added Murray.

"It would be the same if it was Tim Henman or whatever."

Lloyd has set up some play-offs to decide who should secure the second Davis Cup singles berth alongside Murray.

Six British players - Josh Goodall, James Ward, Alex Slabinsky, Jamie Baker, Dan Evans and Colin Fleming - will play in Roehampton the week before the Ukraine match, with anyone winning three best-of-five-set matches getting the opportunity to represent Britain.

Lloyd must also decide Jamie Murray's fate, with the 22-year-old struggling for form in doubles.

Ross Hutchins could be picked ahead of Murray, who has lost his last four matches and managed only one win all season.

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