Great Britain Surprised With Australia’s Choice Of Doubles Team In Davis Cup Tie

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Although Britain has two players through to today’s US Open men’s doubles semi-finals, Australian captain Wally Masur has again decided against his highest ranked player in the two-a-side game for next week’s Davis Cup World Group semi-final in Glasgow. And the Brits think he’s missed a trick.

John Peers is currently Australia’s top ranked doubles player by 42 places as world no.14, yet the 27 year-old from Melbourne is still waiting to be called up for national service. And Australia’s second highest doubles player Chris Guccione played the last of his 18 ties a year ago.

Captain Masur seems likely to rely on the partnership that pushed the Aussies to victory in their last tie against Kazakhstan with Lleyton Hewitt (ranked 166 at doubles) and Sam Groth (world no.83) although Thanasi Kokkinakis (world no.145) or even Bernard Tomic (no.453).

Both New York semi-finalists Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot are in the British team selected by captain Leon Smith. And speaking in support of his regular partner Peers, Murray said: “I don’t think they’ve selected their strongest team, so for us that is obviously a positive.

“I feel bad for John because I know he is by far their best doubles player and he deserves to be in that team but for whatever reason he’s not getting picked. But that’s to our advantage and we will hopefully try and use that.”

Peers maintains he has not given up hope of making the team and believes things might change next year following the retirement of Hewitt. “I would have hoped to be picked for this match against Britain but unfortunately it didn’t go that way,” he said.

“I can’t do much more than I have lately because Jamie and I went on to win our next tournament after Wimbledon in Hamburg. I would definitely have been there had I been asked to go and if the Aussies get to the final, I will put my hand up again. Wally said I was very close but I’ve been close all year.”

All four members of the Australian team could slot into the singles berths*and Peers added: “I think Tennis Australia like having the option to do a couple of different things and at the end of the day it’s a team event with four guys and you’ve got to have different options for different scenarios.”


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