World number three Andy Murray has been cautioned by the president of the Association of Tennis Professionals Chris Kermode not to skip the World Tour Finals in his bid for preparing for the Davis Cup final by the end of November.
The 28-year-old has already secured qualification to the year ending finale scheduled to be played from 15-22 November. He is currently at second spot in the ATP Race to London.
For Murray, though, it appears the World Tour Finals comes across as a second thought this year as he intends to lead Britain’s charge in the Davis Cup final against Belgium in Brussels stipulated to kick-start on the 27th of November.
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In an interview to BBC Radia 5 live, the two-time Grand Slam champion revealed his prospects of competing in the tournament were bleak as he intends to reserve more time for training on clay courts for his country’s upcoming Davis Cup final against Belgium.
He said: “The O2 would obviously be a question mark for me if we were playing on the clay. I would go and train and prepare on the clay to get ready for the final.
“For me to play - if I was to reach the final - five in a row and then take a couple of days off, it would mean only playing for two days on the clay before the Davis Cup final starts and that wouldn't be enough for me.
"I need more time on the clay to let my back get used to it.”
The ATP boss, however, disapproved of Murray’s plans and claimed it was not up to the British star to choose his participation in the event. He expressed hope that he would retract his earlier position on the matter and make a return to the O2 Arena at the season’s close.
Kermode said: “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 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.”
Murray will be the lynchpin to Britain’s prospect of a first Davis Cup title in almost 80 years. He spearheaded Britain’s enthralling triumph over Australia in the semifinals and would look to repeat that effort and add another international accolade in his CV to go with the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal.