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2005 Feb 02 - Rusedski to play Davis Cup

Greg Rusedski has confirmed his availability to play in the Great Britain Davis Cup team against Israel in March.

With the recent announcement from Tim Henman regarding his retirement from Davis Cup tennis there was a moment when Greg was considering his own future in the team.

The British No.2 said:

"Although everyone was taken aback by Tim's announcement it did not take me long to make my decision.

"I love the Davis Cup. I just really wanted to focus on my Australian Open and as soon as I was out and I had a rational time to think about it, I knew I was going to play.

"I am looking forward to the responsibility of being the veteran of the team now. I still want to be a part of the team and I still think we have a chance to do well."

This is good news for Jeremy Bates (Great Britain Davis Cup captain) who would have be left with a very young and inexperienced squad of players to select from had Greg also decided to quit the team.

Jeremy said:

"Having a world-class player like Greg is invaluable to the squad, not only in terms of his match play but also the experience he can impart on the younger members of the team."

The British captain has a promising selection of youngsters to work with, particularly the reigning US Open boy's champion Andrew Murray, a revitalised Alex Bogdanovic, the serve-volleying Jonathan Marray, and the talented 22-year-old leftie Andrew Banks.

Great Britain face Israel in Tel Aviv on the 4 March.

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