Murray concern for GB

  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 16:57 BST

Andy Murray has been hit by a stomach bug on the eve of Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final with Italy in Naples.

Andy Murray: Due to play Seppi on Friday but has a stomach bug
Andy Murray: Due to play Seppi on Friday but has a stomach bug

Murray did not attend Thursday's draw due to illness but is still in the team and is due to face Andreas Seppi in the second singles rubber on Friday.

Captain Leon Smith has opted for James Ward as his second singles player. He will open the tie against Italy's top player, world number 13 Fabio Fognini, who has been included despite being under an injury cloud.

Ward played a starring role in helping GB beat the USA in the first round of the competition earlier the year, upsetting American Sam Querrey in five sets.

Perhaps with Murray's physical condition in mind, Smith has also opted to bring doubles specialist Ross Hutchins into his four-man team at the expense of Dan Evans.

Hutchins has been nominated to partner Colin Fleming in Saturday's doubles rubber against Simone Bolelli and Paolo Lorenzi. The pair play together regularly on the ATP World Tour.

If Hutchins does play it will be his first Davis Cup action since returning to action following a battle with cancer.

However, Murray remains an option and could still be called upon should he feel up to playing three matches in as many days. The reverse singles take place on Sunday.

Were Murray not to play, GB's chances of reaching the semi-finals would be slim indeed.

The winner of this week's tie, which gets under way at 1030 BST on Friday, will play either Switzerland or Kazakhstan in September's semis.

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