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Murray steps up support for GB Davis Cup team mates in Serbia

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray will play the role of willing helper at Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia this weekend.

The Wimbledon champion decided not to play in the quarter-final so soon after winning his third grand slam title and in the middle of a hectic summer schedule.

But he kept his promise to fly out and support his team-mates and arrived at the Tasmajdan Stadium for afternoon practice on Thursday.

Murray chatted with captain Leon Smith as singles players Kyle Edmund and James Ward hit with coaches Nick Weal and Colin Beecher as well as picking up balls and fetching water.

Murray looked to be itching to get involved as he stood at the back of the court with tennis racket in hand, and he did take part in a couple of volley drills.

Smith said Murray would still have an important role to play from the sidelines and that his presence was a big boost to the team, but the 29-year-old was happy to take a back seat.

He said: "I am not here to coach any of the guys, just try to help where I can. If there's anything they need me or want me to do (I'll do it)."

• Caleb Ralston became the first player to reach a final at this year's Co Antrim Championship in Ballycastle when the singles action was concentrated on the junior events.

The top seed from Lurgan defeated Royal Belfast's Rory Cunningham 6-3, 6-0 to book his place in the Under-18 showpiece in which he will face either Joe Heatly or Ronan McKeever.

Today Windsor's Annie McCullough will be attempting to reach the ladies singles decider for the first time when she takes on former champion Julie McManus.

Defending champion Christine Duncan is up against top seed Kerri Russell in the other semi, with title-holder Aaron Stubbs facing Gareth McGreevy and Karl Donaldson playing Adam Boyle in the last four of the men's singles.

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