Andy Murray has decided not to play in Great Britain's home World Group Play-off Davis Cup tie against Russia, April 5-7 in Coventry.
“It's a shame to miss out on the Davis Cup, as I always enjoy playing. I speak to (captain) Leon (Smith) and the team on a regular basis and will definitely be available to play the next Davis Cup tie later this year,” Murray said in a statement.
Murray did not play for Britain in any of its 2012 ties and wants to take a break after he competes at Indian Wells and Miami. His first clay-court tournament will be in Monte Carlo, beginning on April 16.
“We totally understand Andy’s position,” Smith said. "He has worked extremely hard on his game elevating it to another level and we have all seen the fruits of that since Wimbledon.”