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Andy Murray to miss his grandfather’s funeral to play Davis Cup

tennis Updated: Sep 16, 2016 09:41 IST
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Great Britain's Andy Murray during practice.(REUTERS)

Andy Murray will miss his grandfather’s funeral on Friday to play in holders Great Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final opener against Argentina in Glasgow.

Gordon Murray, the father of Andy and Jamie Murray’s father Willie, died last week. Andy missed Thursday’s press conference, reportedly so he could attend a family gathering, but Jamie was present.

Jamie Murray will only play in the doubles rubber on Saturday and will be able to go to the funeral.

At the time Olympic final opponents Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro will resume hostilities in Friday’s opening semi-final singles match.

The duo fought out an intense men’s Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro last month, with Murray eventually prevailing after more than four hours to claim a second successive gold medal.

Thursday’s draw paired them in the opening rubber at Glasgow’s hard-court Emirates Arena, with Kyle Edmund then taking on Guido Pella.

Murray, the world number two, will team up with brother Jamie in Saturday’s doubles, with the Scottish duo looking to make the most of partisan home support against Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer.

Andy Murray will tackle Pella in Sunday’s penultimate singles match before Edmund, who reached the fourth round at the US Open, and world number 64 Del Potro bring the curtain down.

It means Andy Murray is set to be involved on all three days of the tie, despite the 29-year-old having already admitted to fatigue in a season where he as won both the Wimbledon and Olympic singles titles.