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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 August 2006, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK
Lloyd wants Henman for Davis Cup
Tim Henman
Henman won 36 of his 50 Davis Cup matches
Britain's new Davis Cup captain John Lloyd says he will try to persuade Tim Henman to return ahead of next month's relegation play-off against Ukraine.

Henman, 31, retired from Davis Cup tennis in 2005 having served the team for more than 10 years.

Lloyd told BBC Five Live: "I would love to have Tim back in any capacity. He would bring class and be a great example to the younger players.

"I'm certainly going to speak to Tim - he'd probably say 'never say never'."

Lloyd was appointed to the role by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the governing body of British tennis, on Wednesday.

He's [Lloyd] got a lot of experience, he's good fun, he's got good stories

Andy Murray

New British number one Andy Murray, 19, said he was full of praise for the LTA's choice of captain.

"I'm happy with John," Murray said after beating Henman in the Toronto Masters Series.

"He's a friend of mine, he's got a lot of experience, he's good fun, he's got good stories, and I think he's got the right sort of personality to do it. He's pretty upbeat.

"I don't think I had any say in who the Davis Cup captain was, but John's definitely a good choice."

Lloyd's predecessor Jeremy Bates resigned following the defeat by Israel in July.

Lloyd said he also plans to pick younger players in the future, possibly ahead of players with higher rankings.

I'd say there's a good chance Alex Bogdanovic won't be playing against Ukraine

John Lloyd

"My job is hopefully to be able to pick players who will play better than their ranking. I'm going to take a few chances," said Lloyd.

"If we can win this match against Ukraine, which is a huge match for us, next year I will play younger players if I think they have the mental strength to graft out wins.

"There are some players that play above their rankings in Davis Cup and there are others that play below their ranking because they can't take the pressure of playing for their country."

Lloyd, who played in 23 Davis Cup ties for Great Britain between 1974 and 1986, hinted that Alex Bogdanovic would be dropped for the tie against Ukraine.

The 22-year-old was beaten in straight sets by Noam Okun in the opening singles against Israel, despite being ranked 122 places above his opponent.

He was also beaten by Okun when the teams met in Tel Aviv last year and turned down the opportunity to play against Serbia and Montenegro in April because he was not "mentally ready".

"I haven't spoken to Alex yet, but it's going to be one of the first phone calls I make," said Lloyd.

"After his match against Israel, I'd say there's a good chance he won't be playing against Ukraine."

Murray's brother Jamie could join him in the team for next month's crunch encounter, as could Jamie Baker and Josh Goodall.



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