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Murray to play singles, doubles for Britain in Davis Cup

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An energy-sapping summer of tennis isn’t quite over for Andy Murray.

His last task is potentially playing three matches – two singles and a doubles – for Britain in a Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina, starting on Friday, to keep his country on course for a second straight title.

“I’ll try and fight as hard as I can this weekend and help the team as much as possible,” Murray said on Thursday, “and then I’ve got a break after that, which I need.”

Since May, Murray has won Wimbledon, the Olympic tournament, the Italian Open, and Queen’s, as well as losing in three finals, including at the French Open.

The Davis Cup is a big deal to Murray, though, and he is back for the semifinals after missing the last-eight win over Serbia straight after Wimbledon.

Murray will open the semifinal in Glasgow with a singles against Juan Martin del Potro, in a replay of the Olympic final won by Murray in four sets last month. Kyle Edmund takes on Guido Pella in the second singles.

On Saturday, Murray will partner his brother, Jamie, in the doubles against Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer.

In reverse singles on Sunday, Andy Murray plays Pella, and Del Potro takes on Edmund.

“He’s a very robust guy, both physically and mentally,” Britain captain Leon Smith said of Murray’s potential workload, “so don’t be surprised to see him do it.”

Murray will miss his grandfather’s funeral on Friday to play in the Davis Cup.

Britain is attempting to retain the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936, having won the tournament for the first time in 79 years in November.

“This is going to be a very, very tough weekend for us to win this one but all the players want to get through it and it’s a big goal for all of us,” Murray said. “Trying to reach another Davis Cup final would be a fantastic achievement.

“There have been so many big events in the last few months and it’s been difficult to sort of prioritize every single one, but at the end of a long summer, if we get through this one, you know, we’ve got an opportunity to win again so we’ll give it everything this weekend.”

Murray and Del Potro are the countries’ top players, so would usually expect to play each other on Sunday. However, Del Potro is ranked a lowly No. 64 as he works his way back from a long absence during which he underwent three operations on his wrist.

“His comeback is good for the world of tennis,” Argentina captain Daniel Orsanic said, “so you can imagine what it means for us Argentinians.”

It’s Croatia vs. France in the other semifinal.

Historical marker for tennis great Tilden rejected again

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Pennsylvania panel once again rejected a historical marker for Philadelphia tennis great Bill Tilden.

Tilden became the first American to win Wimbledon in 1920 and also won seven U.S. championships. In 1950, The Associated Press voted him the greatest player of the first half of the century.

A year ago, a panel of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission that approves historical markers voted 4-1 against recommending approval of a marker at Philadelphia’s Germantown Cricket Club, citing Tilden’s convictions on charges involving teenage boys in the 1940s.

Karen Galle, coordinator of the historical marker program, confirmed Wednesday that the panel again voted 4-1 against approving the marker in February and that recommendation was among 54 approved by the commission at its March 22 meeting.

“While the significance of this athlete’s tennis career and talent are indisputable, his convictions for sexual misconduct with underage boys preclude recognition,” commission spokesman Howard Pollman said.

Lack of a marker doesn’t diminish Tilden’s accomplishments but approval “may be perceived to dishonor victims of sexual abuse,” Pollman said. Officials have cited the climate in the commonwealth following the sex abuse scandal involving another sports figure, Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky.

Tilden was arrested in Beverly Hills, California, in November 1946, after a 14-year-old boy was caught driving the star’s car erratically. Officers reported that when the teen exited the car, his pants zipper was down. Police charged Tilden with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and he served seven months in jail. He was arrested again in 1949 on allegations that he violated probation by being in the company of another teen boy, and that he groped a third teen. He served 10 months at a prison farm.

Tilden, born to a wealthy Philadelphia family, was featured regularly in magazines, newspapers and newsreels during his career. He was friends with Hollywood elite and played at the White House at the invitation of President Warren Harding. He’s credited with urging children of all economic backgrounds to learn tennis, once a sport only for the wealthy, and modern players still value his manuals on how to play.

After his convictions, Tilden’s Germantown membership was revoked, and his portrait was removed. In recent years, the club has begun to embrace Tilden’s memory, and a group of Philadelphians has been lobbying for a historical marker at the site.

Injured Murray to miss Davis Cup quarterfinals

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LONDON —¬†Andy Murray will miss Britain’s Davis Cup quarterfinal series against France next month because of an elbow injury.

Murray sustained the injury in practice and also recently withdrew from the Miami Open.

Britain captain Leon Davis says “not having Andy in the side is obviously a big loss to our team, but most importantly we all wish him well for a speedy recovery back to full health and fitness.”

Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot will line up for Britain on clay in Rouen from April 7-9.