GB stars urged to keep level high
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Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith feels it is important for his team members to now prove themselves on the ATP Tour.
The Brits' title defence came to an end in Glasgow on Sunday as Leonardo Mayer beat Dan Evans in four sets to give Argentina a 3-2 semi-final victory.
It was a valiant effort by the GB players who advanced from their quarter-final with Serbia despite Andy Murray's absence and then had to watch as their talisman lost his opening singles rubber to Juan Martin Del Potro on Friday.
The fact they took it to the final rubber was encouraging as the Murray brothers won the doubles and then Andy took care of Guido Pella in Sunday's reverse singles.
Argentina will now face Croatia in the final while the British quartet will break up to play tournaments around the world.
Murray is taking a well-earned rest but Smith hopes the likes of Kyle Edmund and Evans can now make a name for themselves as individuals.
"The most important thing for Dan and Kyle and the other players is they're just doing a great job week in, week out," he said.
"Davis Cup is just two, three - in a great year, four - times a year. It's a bonus. A few years ago it was a bit the reverse. The Davis Cup was such a big thing for them but now week in, week out is the most important thing and that's exciting.
"We'll get together in Davis Cup weeks and give it a damn good go but most important is to see Dan and Kyle joining Andy and Jamie in playing tour tennis, playing Masters series events, going deep in slams."