Davis Cup - Smith named British captain

Mon, 12 Apr 09:42:00 2010

Andy Murray's former coach Leon Smith has been named as Britain's new Davis Cup captain.

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Smith, who coached Murray between the age of 11 and 16, was most recently the LTA’s head of player development in men’s tennis.

“This is a huge honour and an irresistible challenge for me,” said 34-year-old Scot Smith.

“I know the players, and I know that together we can get Britain back to winning ways in the Davis Cup."

Smith was promoted to the position following a review into men’s tennis carried out by LTA player director Steven Martens following Britain’s Davis Cup defeat to Lithuania last month which prompted previous coach John Lloyd to resign.

“Leon is the perfect fit for this important role, at this stage in the development of British men’s tennis," said Martens.

”He’s a young British coach full of energy and passion, who’s already proved he’s a quick learner, and has the respect of the players.”

Smith's first match in charge will be the relegation play-off against Turkey in July at Eastbourne - defeat would put Britain in the lowest tier of the competition.

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