Andy Murray has hinted that he will skip next month's Davis Cup.
The 34-year-old exited the Indian Wells Masters at the hands of world number four Alexander Zverev.
After an encouraging win over highly-rated Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz, the Scot lost in straight sets to Zverev.
Having struggled with injury in recent seasons, the two-time Wimbledon champion conceded he is not planning to play for Britain next month.
"I've given a lot to the Davis Cup, and sometimes to my own detriment physically," he said after his exit in California.
"The same thing happened last time I played Davis Cup at the end of 2019. I know there was coronavirus, but I was struggling with that really up until September time the following year."
Murray - who is ranked at 121st in the world - also feels he is not playing at the level required to make the team.
"I also don't feel right now I would be playing, either," he said. "Obviously that would be up to Leon, but I'm not sure I deserve to play in that team.
"Cam [Norrie] and Dan [Evans] have had a great year. Liam Broady's in and around the top 100 now and we've got very strong doubles as well.
"Right now, I'm not planning on playing the Davis Cup and with the late finish to it, and early departure to Australia, with my schedule between now and the end of the year, I am going to have to rest and take a break and give my body a chance to breathe.
"And I want to make sure in the off season I get to spend as much time with my family as I can because I have been away from that recently and that will be case when I go to Australia as well."
The Davis Cup begins at the end of November for Britain, who play France and Czech Republic in the group stages.
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