Murray urges LTA towards 'something different'
Friday 19 March 2010
Andy Murray believes the Lawn Tennis Association should consider an alternative to a big-name captain as they seek the next leader of Britain's Davis Cup team.
The Scot has played in just two of the last five Davis Cup matches, all of which Britain have lost to slump from a World Group standing to the current dismal position which sees them in danger of being relegated to the bottom rung of European tennis.
The LTA intend to gauge the views of the leading players before making an appointment following this week's resignation of former captain John Lloyd.
LTA player director Steven Martens will lead the search, making the appointment along with chief executive Roger Draper ahead of the relegation play-off with Turkey in July.
Greg Rusedski, the former US Open finalist and Davis Cup player, has been linked with the post, however 22-year-old Murray does not believe the biggest names should be automatic choices.
He said: "The one problem I've had with Davis Cup is that, since I can remember, the people mentioned as captains are ones who are either famous or the best players from a previous generation.
"That's not necessarily the way they do it in every country and I don't think it's the only way it can work.
"So, from my side, it might be nice to try something different.
"There are a lot of things that go into being a captain and you don't know how people are going to deal with certain situations - being in front of the press, a lot of pressure - so you've got to weigh all of those things up."
World number four Murray, who plays Robin Soderling tonight in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, has not retired from playing in the Davis Cup and could come back on board under Lloyd's successor.
"The position that we're in now, the stuff that's been going on with British tennis, it's important to make a statement with the next captain," Murray added.
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