Why does John Peers continue to be overlooked for Australia’s Davis Cup team?

Next week Australia take on Great Britain in Davis Cup however the Australian Davis Cup captain Wally Masur has decided against calling up John Peers who is Jamie Murray’s partner on the ATP tour and have reached a couple of Grand Slam finals this year and is ranked inside the top 15 in the world but hasn’t been picked but why?

John has shown over the year with Jamie that he is one of the best doubles players in the world right now and if they continue how they have been playing they should make the tour finals in London. Also John Peers is the youngest player ranked inside the top 17 in the world on the doubles tour at the age of 27.

I’m not saying that the highest ranked players should be picked just because of their ranking but if you take form into consideration then John should be on the team sheet as one of the first names. I would love to know the reason why he isn’t. He knows Jamie Murray’s game inside out which could help his team in Davis Cup when it comes to the doubles match which could be decisive.

Sometimes I think teams just choose the big names rather than the inform and consistent players. The team is made up of Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth with Lleyton and Sam most likely to play the doubles rubber on the Saturday. However Sam Groth has a win/loss of 8/18 on the tour this year which isn’t great and is ranked outside the top 80 in the world in doubles and hasn’t really done too well on the singles tour as well a bit similar to Lleyton Hewitt who is of course retiring after next year’s Australian Open.

I do think the names are picked than the inform players. For example when France played Great Britain at Davis Cup in Queen’s Club their doubles team was Mahut and Tsonga. Mahut is a week in week out doubles player and a very good one at that and he his partner Herbert won Queens a few weeks before the tie but Herbert wasn’t picked and Jo was instead and did struggle during the match in my opinion.

When you have one of the best doubles players in Peers available like Australia have it’s bizarre that he hasn’t been chosen for Davis Cup. I’m a big believer on choosing sport teams based on current form and not past success and loyalty. Peers has been consistent throughout the year and when you see the team chosen consistency is a big problem with neither Hewitt, Groth or Kokkinakis in a good run of form going into the tie.

I read a piece in the Guardian the other day and the quote from John said he spoke to Wally Masur and Josh Eagle and apparently said he was close! How much closer could he be? One of the best doubles players in the world and back to back Grand Slam finals. Bizarre.

Should John Peers be in the squad or not?

2 thoughts on “Why does John Peers continue to be overlooked for Australia’s Davis Cup team?

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  1. According to what I read in various place, not only was he told he was close, he was told he had to prove himself?! really? I think the Aussies could have shot themselves in the foot by leaving him out, as you say he knows Jamies game inside out.

    1. Prove himself?! He’s one of the best doubles players out there and is the youngest at 27 in the top 18 in the world. I’m disappointed for him as he deserves a place in the team.

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