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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 August 2006, 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK
Lloyd is new GB Davis Cup captain
John Lloyd
Lloyd played in 23 Davis Cup ties for Great Britain
Former British number one John Lloyd is the new captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team.

He follows Jeremy Bates, who resigned following the defeat by Israel in July, and his first match is the relegation play-off against Ukraine next month.

"This is a proud moment for me. It was an honour to play Davis Cup and even greater honour to captain the team of your country," said Lloyd.

"I'm delighted to be a part of the new vision for British tennis."

He has been appointed to the role by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the governing body of British tennis.

LTA chief executive Roger Draper said: "I believe that success in the Davis Cup should be one of our key objectives for tennis in Britain.

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"We are delighted that John has accepted this challenging and important position and I feel that he has all the experience and skills needed to deliver real success in the role.

"He will now be one of the key members of our team who will be focused on turning around the fortunes of British tennis."

Lloyd played in 23 Davis Cup ties for Great Britain, featuring in 51 matches, between 1974 and 1986.

He reached the 1977 Australian Open final and his career-high world ranking of 21 came the following year.

His brother, David, was Great Britain captain from 1995 to 2000.

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