Lloyd's team ethic

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Greg Rusedski's selection for Britain's Davis Cup squad will not be allowed to destroy team spirit, according to David Lloyd, the new captain.

Lloyd will seek assurances of the 21-year-old's commitment to Britain before confirming his place for the Euro-African zone Group Two relegation play-off against Monaco in July.

"Greg is now the best player we have available but no one is bigger than the team," Lloyd said. "I hope he's willing to do more for British tennis than just playing Davis Cup.

"If he wants to be part and parcel of the whole British tennis scene, including coaching clinics and the rest, that's fine. But whatever happens we must make sure the team spirit is there."

The Montreal-born left-hander's clearance to play for Britain by the International Tennis Federation has given Lloyd a boost for his first match in charge after five successive Davis Cup defeats.

However, Rusedski's clearance has been fiercely criticised by the former British No 1, Chris Wilkinson, who has vowed never to represent his country again.

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