After a interval of uncertainty, Andy Murray has put apart his reservations and used his protected rating to enter Nice Britain into January’s ATP Cup – the brand new group competitors that gives a prize fund of $15m.
Murray was uncomfortable about doubtlessly elbowing different singles gamers – notably Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie – out of the group when he’s nonetheless working his method again to a aggressive health degree.
However as we approached Friday’s cut-off, it turned clear that there was a robust likelihood of Nice Britain not taking part in any respect if Murray didn’t act.
This may have been embarrassing for the Garden Tennis Affiliation and disappointing for the organisers, particularly as there are such a lot of British expatriates in Australia. The occasion shall be staged throughout three cities – Perth, Brisbane and Sydney – within the build-up to the Australian Open in Melbourne every week later.
Nice Britain’s absence would even have left the opposite probably contributors within the group – the aforementioned singles gamers plus Murray’s doubles-specialist brother Jamie – out of pocket. They may have entered the simultaneous ATP occasion in Doha, however that might have struggled to match the sums on provide in Australia.
Murray’s look payment shall be $250,000, whereas the opposite members will obtain between $60,000 and $20,000 for displaying up, with every particular person win counting for additional prize cash on high of that.
Speaking on Thursday at an occasion organised by TRR Diet, Murray mentioned that he was in favour of the ATP Cup idea however queried the timing, which leaves the brand new occasion onerous on the heels of the new-look Davis Cup in Madrid this November. “I’m very pro team competitions in tennis,” Murraty defined. “I simply don’t just like the week that it’s in, by no means have achieved, and I simply don’t like that there’s two group competitions six weeks aside both. It simply doesn’t make sense.”