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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 January 2007, 22:17 GMT
Henman back in Davis Cup picture
Tim Henman
Henman made his Davis Cup debut in 1994 against Romania
Tim Henman has confirmed that he has ended his self-imposed Davis Cup exile and is ready to play for Great Britain again with immediate effect.

The British number two, now 32, last played in the team event in September 2004, before deciding to concentrate on his pursuit of individual glory.

Henman said: "I'm very happy to announce I am making myself available for Davis Cup selection once again."

Britain will face the Netherlands in a Euro-African Zone One tie on 6-8 April.

Some of the best memories of my career have come from the Davis Cup and I hope I can add to those

Tim Henman

Henman was encouraged to return by Britain's new Davis Cup captain John Lloyd and is now hoping to be picked for the match against the Dutch at the NEC in Birmingham.

"I've thought long and hard about the situation since being asked to consider my position by John," Henman told his official website.

"I've always enjoyed representing my country and I'm happy to be in a situation whereby I can hopefully do so again.

"Some of the best memories of my career have come from the Davis Cup and hopefully I can add to those in the not-to-distant future.

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"Andy Murray is doing incredibly well, Greg Rusedski still wants to be part of the set-up, which means we have quite a few options now."
I was preparing in my mind that he was not going to play

John Lloyd,
GB captain

Lloyd said: "It is fabulous news. It makes my job a lot easier. He called me a few hours just before I left to get on the plane.

"I was a bit anxious about it because when he got his knee injury I thought it might make him have second thoughts.

"I was preparing in my mind that he was not going to play."

He added: "If everyone is fit then we have got an up-and-coming player in Andy Murray, who is already world class but is going to get better, then we have two established players in Tim and Greg who have got a few good years left in them.

"It is a very good mix for young players to be around.

"We all know that Tim and Greg can't go on forever so let's get into the world group and get these younger players a bit more experience so they can see what it is all about."

Great Britain will certainly fancy their chances of beating the Dutch, who dropped out of the World Group after losing in a play-off to the Czech Republic in September.

Britain have beaten the Netherlands both times they have met in the Davis Cup, but the last occasion was in 1960.

The only time the teams played in Britain was in 1948 when the home team won 4-1 on grass at Edgbaston.

Henman, who made his Davis Cup debut in 1994 against Romania in Manchester, is currently sidelined with a knee injury and will miss the Australian Open.

SEE ALSO
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