Eurosport - Thu, 01 Apr 07:00:00 2010
British number one Andy Murray is rumoured to be considering representing Spain at tennis so he can compete for the country in the Davis Cup.
Murray did not play in Britain's humiliating defeat to Lithuania last month and has had a difficult relationship with captain John Lloyd, who resigned after the defeat in Vilnius which put Britain on the brink of relegation to the lowest tier of Davis Cup tennis.
If they lose to Turkey in their next tie, then it would take a perfect record over three consecutive seasons for them to return to the World Group.
However, according to Spanish newspaper El Diario Tonto, Murray is not willing to wait that long and has already contacted the Spanish Tennis Federation about a potential switch.
Murray would be eligible for Spain as he spent three years training in Barcelona as a teenager before breaking on to the main tour.
Section 22B of the Davis Cup rulebook states: "Any player who spends at least three consecutive development years in one country before the age of 20, is therefore deemed eligible for that secondary country."
The 22-year-old, a formerly promising footballer who turned down a trial with SPL giants Rangers, is thought to have discussed the switch with Gers' Spanish striker Nacho Novo, who has qualified to represent Scotland through residency.
Murray would not be the first high profile tennis player to have switched nationality.
Canadian born Greg Rusedski caused controversy when he decided to switch allegiance to Britain in 1995; while the likes of Czech duo Ivan Lendl and Martina Navratilova, and Serbia's Monica Seles, all represented America in the latter stages of their careers.
This story was of course an April Fool. El Diario Tonto does not exist, and there are no plans for Andy Murray to switch allegiance to Spain. That we know of...