Tennis: Murray to make Davis Cup return in Croatia

World number three Andy Murray has decided to compete in Great Britain's Davis Cup World Group play-off against Croatia next week, captain Leon Smith revealed on Tuesday.

The Scot will play in his first Davis Cup tie for two years, having been selected in the British team alongside Dan Evans, James Ward and Colin Fleming.

The omission of Fleming's usual doubles partner Jonny Marray suggests Murray will team up again with his childhood friend Fleming, with whom he reached last month's Montreal Masters final.

"We are delighted to be sending our strongest team to Umag in what will be a very tough tie," Smith said.

"Croatia are former winners of the Davis Cup and currently ranked number 11 in the world, but, as we proved in Coventry back in April (when they beat Russia 3-2), we can upset the odds.

"The recent success of our players has inspired more people into our sport and this is another great opportunity to do just that."

Croatia have named an under-strength team for the clay-court encounter, as Marin Cilic has not played since Wimbledon and Ivo Karlovic retired from Davis Cup tennis last year.

Wimbledon champion Murray is currently defending his US Open title in New York and was due to face Uzbekistan's world number 65 Denis Istomin in the last 16 later on Tuesday.