Andy Murray sits out Davis Cup tie for GB

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Andy Murray will miss next weekend's Davis Cup tie against Russia in order to prepare himself for the European clay court season.

Great Britain will instead be represented by James Ward and Jamie Baker in the singles, with Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray likely to be paired in the doubles.

Captain Leon Smith is happy with the players at his disposal however, despite his two singles players being ranked 208 and 209 respectively.

"It's great to have Jamie Baker back in the after him starting the year so well in qualifying at the Australian Open in January," Smith told Sky Sports.

"James Ward has done fantastically well to come back from a long-term injury sustained last year and brings a lot of Davis Cup experience to the team having played in six of the last seven ties for his country.

"Colin Fleming had had a great start to 2013 winning ATP titles in both Auckland and Marseille. In Jonny Marray we have the current Wimbledon doubles champion who also went on the reach the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the end of last year."

The Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round tie, which will be held at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, will see GB come up against a weakened Russia side.

Dmitry Tursunov will be their top singles player, with Mikhail Youhnzy (world No 31) and Nikolai Davydenko (44) both not selected by captain Shamil Tarpischev despite their higher world rankings.

Evgeny Donskoy, ranked 78 and seven places below Tursunov, is likely to be the other singles player.

Despite Russia being hot favourites coming into the tie, Smith believes his side can make it tricky for the away team in the Midlands.

"We look forward to the challenge of competing against a very strong Russian side and, with the advantage of a home crowd supporting the team, we hope we can make life as difficult as possible for the opposition."

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