Murray to skip Britain's Davis Cup tie

7/7/2010 - Tennis Andy Murray

LONDON -- Andy Murray will not play in Britain's Davis Cup relegation playoff against Turkey next month.

The 23-year-old said he has informed British team captain Leon Smith of his decision, while adding that he is not retiring from the competition.

A loss to Turkey would send Britain into the competition's bottom tier for the first time in the country's history.

England lost in March to Lithuania in Europe/Africa Zone Group II, a result that ended John Lloyd's captaincy.

World No. 4 Murray has said the Turkey tie, to be played July 9-11 in Eastbourne, "could potentially be won 5-0 without me playing."

British No. 2 Alex Bogdanovic has also ruled himself out following a dispute with British tennis authorities.