Great Britain team captain Leon Smith confirmed on Tuesday morning that Andy Murray and Daniel Evans have been selected to lead the Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Italy. James Ward and Colin Fleming round out the remaining members of the team, while Ross Hutchins has been placed on the reserves.
It is unclear whether the world No. 127 Evans, who was left off the squad in the February tie against USA, will be taking the second single slot or if it will be offered to James Ward.
“The number two singles spot is open,” said Smith. “Both Dan and James have had good moments this year. That’s why I want to see how they perform over the next 10 days of training.”
The Italian team will feature their top two stars in Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi, and will be contested on the clay courts in Naples.
“It will be a good challenge playing on the clay in Italy,” said Murray. “They have some very good clay-court players with a passionate crowd behind them. It will be a tough weekend and the games will be tight, but it’s great playing in big matches like this in the World Group.”
The anticipated tie takes place between April 4-6 at the Tennis Club Napoli in Naples, Italy.