After leading his team to its first title in 79 years last November, Andy Murray cannot conceal his excitement over a possible retention of the Davis Cup.
As far as he is concerned, there seems no plausible reason why Britain can’t retain the Davis Cup.
That thought has energised him into recommitting his all to Britain’s ties this year.
“One of the reasons I’m here is because I really want to try and do it again, after experiencing it last year,” Murray said at the draw on Thursday for the first-round tie with Japan.
“I never thought I would be able to do it, but then when we did, it was like, ‘Why not, why can’t we do it again?”’
Murray will begin the tie on Friday an indoor hard-court in Birmingham against Taro Daniel, whom he has never met. Daniel has only one win in six singles on tour this year.
The second singles features Kei Nishikori against Daniel Evans, who replaced Kyle Edmund, who injured his back in practice on Wednesday.
Evans, ecstatic to be playing in his hometown, beat Nishikori in their only previous match at the 2013 U.S. Open, the year before Japan’s leading man reached the final.
The doubles on Saturday features Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray against Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama.
The reverse singles are on Sunday in the first tie between the teams since 1931.
Meanwhile, famed tennis historian and journalist, Bud Collins is dead aged 86.
Collins, known as much for his outlandish outfits as for his vast knowledge of tennis lore, died Friday at his Brookfield, Massachusetts home.
Collins began his journalism career writing for several Boston-area newspapers, and then moved over to television coverage of tennis for CBS and later NBC.
He was a fixture on broadcast television tennis coverage from 1968 to 2007, and then moved to ESPN and satellite radio.
Rafael Nadal presents Bud Collins, journalist and television broadcaster
Collins authored several memoirs and biographies on tennis, as well as multiple tennis encyclopedias.