Murray told he must play in World Tour finals

MurraysTennis ace Andy Murray was told yesterday that he will almost certainly have to play in this year’s World Tour Finals despite his wish to skip the event in order to give him and the Great Britain team the best possible chance of winning the Davis Cup.

If Belgium decide to host the final on clay, as expected, Murray will want more time to prepare, he says.

But Chris Kermode, the president of the ATP – who is also a friend of Murray’s – said there were risks attached in doing so.

“The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is a mandatory event on the ATP World Tour and all players who qualify, unless injured, are required to compete in the event,” he said after hearing Murray’s comments, uttered after his semi-final victory on Sunday.

“He has had a fantastic season and earned his place among the world’s top eight players to compete at the season finale. We are aware of the comments made after the Davis Cup tie in Glasgow. However our expectations are that, if fully fit, Andy would compete in this year’s tournament. Unless we hear otherwise via an official withdrawal, he is still entered to compete at the O2.”

The final be played at at the Flanders Expo Arena in Ghent. The Belgian Federation has two weeks to confirm its choice of surface, but has opted for clay in four of its last six home ties.

The World Tour Finals take place on hard courts at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday, 22 November, with the Davis Cup final played over three days the following week.

“The O2 would obviously be a question mark for me if we were playing on the clay,” Murray said after sealing Britain’s place in the final in a gruelling match at the Emirates in Glasgow.

“I would go and train and prepare on the clay to get ready for the final.”

The GB team secured its place in the final for the first time since 1978 with a 3-2 victory over Australia.

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