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David Felgate
"People are jealous of the success of a real Englishman"
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Saturday, 8 July, 2000, 01:54 GMT 02:54 UK
Angry Felgate hits back
Is a new coach needed for Tim Henman?
Is a new coach needed for Tim Henman?
Tim Henman's coach David Felgate has hit back with verbal volleys after suggestions that extra help was needed if Henman was to ever fulfil his champion potential.

Felgate came under fire after Henman was defeated in the last-16 by Australia's Mark Philippoussis at Wimbledon.

Former Davis Cup captain and now BBC commentator David Lloyd and three-times Wimbledon winner John McEnroe both enraged Felgate by calling for a change in the British number one's coaching.

Henman's close friendship with Felgate is preventing the 25-year-old from winning Grand Slams, Lloyd believes.

While McEnroe said a sports psychologist should be brought in to boost Henman's mental strength.

Confronts

Felgate has hit back.

He told Radio Five Live: "What would you regard Pete Sampras and Paul Annacone?

"What would you regard Brad Gilbert and Andre Agassi? What would you regard Tony Pickard and Stefan Edberg?

"Were they not mates? So that argument's dead.

"I get sick and tired of it. It's an old chestnut.

"Tim's happy with what he's got, I'm happy with what I'm doing and if I didn't think I was doing a good job I would walk away.

"The sad thing is, nobody ever walks up in the changing room and confronts me or Tim or asks the questions.

"They just go on air and get paid their money at this time of the year and then walk away."

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