London: Andy Murray (below) is set to make his first competitive appearance since becoming a father after being confirmed yesterday in the team that will begin Great Britain’s defence of their Davis Cup title against Japan.

Andy Murray

Murray has not played since losing to Novak Djokovic in last month’s Australian Open final, opting instead to spend time with new daughter Sophia, born on February 7.

But having inspired Britain to their first Davis triumph in 79 years with victory over Belgium in Ghent in November, it was no surprise that the 28-year-old was included in captain Leon Smith’s team for next week’s first-round tie against Japan.

“Andy Murray has once again demonstrated his commitment to the team and his country in making himself available to play, especially so soon after becoming a father,” Smith told the Lawn Tennis Association’s website.