Lloyd and LTA settle differences

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Former British Davis Cup captain David Lloyd has ended his feud with the Lawn Tennis Association.

Lloyd, axed by the LTA last month, had made a veiled threat of legal action over claims he undermined the team spirit and morale of Davis Cup players.

Referring to suggestions that he undermined team morale, Lloyd had said after his sacking: "That is a direct slander on my character and future. I will not stand by and let people make incorrect accusations."

But today the LTA announced the two parties have resolved their differences and will continue to work together in the future. It is understood the agreement involves no financial settlement other than paying out the contracts of David Lloyd and his brother John Lloyd, who worked as a coach.

The LTA's chief executive John Crowther said: "The LTA believes it can work with David Lloyd in the future to produce a new generation of tennis champions.

"We are looking forward to continuing with the discussions that began in November 1999 for LTA funding for his private initiative training scheme."

Lloyd repeatedly stood by his controversial claims that certain British players were turning up for Davis Cup matches not fit enough.

But today he reiterated his desire to help restore British tennis to its former glories.

Lloyd said: "I have always had the interest of British tennis at heart.

"I wish Roger Taylor his replacement as Davis Cup captain and all members of the team the very best for the future and will give them my full support.

"My reputation in the game, built up over almost 40 years, has been based on a deliberate and dynamic policy of encouragement and development of young sportsmen.

"I will continue to believe in this approach and will work wherever possible with the LTA to produce more top quality players."

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