Murray leads British Davis Cup hopes

Andy Murray will lead Great Britain’s bid to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1981 when they face France in the last-eight at Queen’s Club next week.

World No.3 Murray was named on Tuesday in the squad for the tie against last year’s runners-up.

It’s the same squad which defeated the United States in the first round of the World Group.

Murray, who will be playing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday, is joined by James Ward, fresh from his run to the third round at the All England Club, with Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot likely to play doubles.

France captain Arnaud Clement has opted for grass court form in his quartet.

Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet, who are also in the Wimbledon last-eight, are joined by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut.

Australia, in turmoil over the exclusion of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios’s controversial ‘tanking’ in his Wimbledon loss to Gasquet, face Kazakhstan in Darwin.

New coach Wally Masur announced on Monday that Kyrgios, Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Lleyton Hewitt will form the side looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2006.

Kazakhstan kept the same squad which defeated Italy in the opening round for the quarter-final trip to Australia.

Mikhail Kukushkin, Aleksandr Nedovyesov, Andrey Golubev and Dmitry Popko are the men in the squad.

Argentina announced their team to play Serbia in Buenos Aires on Friday.

In the absence of injured Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco, the number one player will be Leonardo Mayer with Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, Federico Delbonis and Carlos Berlocq making up the remaining roster spots.

Belgium face Canada in Ostend with world number 15 David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans.

Canada are expected to confirm their squad later Tuesday.

In Europe/Africa Zone Group I, new Spain captain Conchita Martinez has named her first side since taking over on Monday.

David Ferrer, Pablo Andujar, Marc Lopez and David Marrero are in the squad for the long trip to Vladivostok to play Russia.

But Rafael Nadal, who has been critical of Spain’s internal politics as well as the original appointment of female coach Gala Leon to the Davis Cup team, was not included.

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