Tennis History: What Would being part of a Davis Cup Winning Team Mean for Andy Murray?

Andy Murray will be enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  However, I think being part of a winning Davis Cup Team would do 4 things for him.

1.  One More “Not Since Fred Perry” Drought Erased

Andy Murray’s place in tennis history is pretty secure.  He won a gold medal in singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 Olympic games hosted by the United Kingdom.  Murray then won the 2012 US Open snapping a long drought for the United Kingdom.  In 2013, Murray won Wimbledon and snapped another drought.  In 2015, Murray can terminate another “not since Fred Perry” drought for the UK if he can lead his comrades to a Davis Cup title.

2.  Peer Review

Rafa was first part of a winning Davis Cup team in 2004. Nole, Stan, and Roger have won Davis Cups as well.  Murray could join them in 2015.

Beyond that, helping the UK claim a Davis Cup title would put him on similar footing to the other players on tour with 2 or more major titles.  Rafael Nadal, in part bolstered by the Spanish Armada, is the most decorated active male player in international competition with multiple majors.  Nadal won a gold medal in singles at the 2008 Olympic games and has been part of 4 winning Davis Cup squads.  Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won gold medals in doubles at the 2008 Olympic games.  Wawrinka and Federer also guided Switzerland to its lone Davis Cup title in 2014.  Federer added to his international competition bona fides with a silver medal in singles at the 2012 Olympic games.  Novak Djokovic led Serbia to a Davis Cup title in 2010 and won a bronze medal in singles at the 2008 Olympic games.  Murray holds multiple major titles and olympic medals, but the Davis Cup line on his resume is still blank.

3.  Launch Pad for 2016

Novak rode the good vibes from a 2010 Davis Cup title into his great 2011 campaign

Andy Murray has not won a major title in over 2 years.  A Davis Cup title would be historic for the UK, but it could also recharge Murray’s confidence.  Novak Djokovic won his first major title at the 2008 Australian Open.  Nole did not win his second major until the 2011 Australian Open.  Novak also was part of a winning Davis Cup team for Serbia in the fall of 2010.  This confidence combined with his admirable runner-up finish at the 2010 US Open propelled Nole to a monster year.  If Murray recaptures his era of good feelings (from the 2012 Olympic games through Wimbledon 2013), Andy may be able to change some of his near misses from 2015 into big success in 2016.  There are no guarantees, but I think if Murray is part of a big win other big wins will follow (i.e. Olympic gold followed by a US Open title in 2012).

4.  Brotherly Love

Andy Murray has personally broken many droughts for UK tennis.  To end a drought with the help of his brother Jamie Murray and to see his brother make history may bring Andy as much joy as anything he does in his tennis career.  Joy is not something I read in Andy’s body language very often, but my guess is that joy is a powerful motivator.

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