Nice Britain will probably be sweating over the health of Cameron Norrie forward of the Davis Cup after the 28-year-old withdrew from the Paris Masters with a brand new harm. Norrie has already been named within the British quintet for the knockout phases of the Davis Cup, that are set to happen in Malaga subsequent month.
Dan Evans, Andy Murray and Jack Draper have additionally been chosen by captain Leon Smith, whereas doubles specialist Neal Skupski will function alongside the quartet in an unchanged line-up from final month’s qualifiers. Nonetheless, it appears as if Norrie’s place within the workforce may very well be in danger following his withdrawal from the Paris Masters.
Norrie was scheduled to face Alexandre Muller within the first spherical on Monday however it has been confirmed that he won’t participate within the occasion after struggling an harm to his proper knee. He required therapy throughout his defeat to Alexander Zverev in Vienna on Wednesday and will probably be desperately hoping to return earlier than the Davis Cup finals start subsequent month.
The one-time Wimbledon semi-finalist has endured a turbulent time of issues as of late, along with his normal lack of kind including to a sequence of irritating harm setbacks. Nonetheless, he’s nonetheless a massively vital participant for Nice Britain and will probably be anticipated to guide from the entrance if he recovers properly sufficient to function in Malaga.
Norrie’s withdrawal from the Paris Masters comes after Evans pulled out of the identical event, with the 33-year-old arguably Britain’s finest participant of their latest Davis Cup group stage ties. He managed to assert the spoils in each the singles and doubles, pairing up with Skupski to win the decisive match that noticed Britain qualify for the finals.
Each gamers will probably be essential to the workforce’s hopes of beating Serbia within the finals if they’re declared match to play, with Novak Djokovic having already recognized Evans as Britain’s largest menace.
“They’re an entire workforce,” Djokovic not too long ago advised Sportal. “They’ve 4 high singles gamers, whereas one in every of them, Evans, is extraordinarily good in doubles as properly. I noticed that he performed constantly and that he was the selection of their coach together with Skupski. They’re very tough and I hope that we will win after the singles.”
Norrie and Evans could have lower than 4 weeks to recuperate in time for the Davis Cup, with Britain set to face Serbia within the quarter-finals on November 23. It stays to be seen whether or not the duo will probably be able to characterize their nation or if Smith will probably be compelled to make a few late adjustments to his line-up, which might come as a significant blow to Britain’s hopes of progressing.
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