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Henman prefers golf instead of captaining Britain's Davis Cup team

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London, Mar 11 (ANI): Former British No.1 Tim Henman loves to play golf instead of accepting the offer to be new Davis Cup captain of Britain.

Henman will snub the Lawn Tennis Association's offer to be Britain's captain. But the former world No.4 would love to take the job one day and called the state of the game in the country as unacceptable.

Henman is the first choice to replace current captain John Lloyd, who is set to go after the embarrassing loss to Lithuania last weekend.

He said: "Maybe in three years or in 13 years, sometime in the future, I might be interested in being the Davis Cup captain."

"But it doesn't feel like the right time. I'm enjoying my family and my golf - and not having any structure to my life," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

"For 28 of the first 33 years of my life, tennis was what I did. I wouldn't change that and I'm sure at some stage I'm going to get more involved and give back to British tennis. But at the moment I would not want the commitment or the responsibility of being Davis Cup captain," he said.

Henman said: "The position we're in, that's unacceptable. John's an easy target after Lithuania, it's very easy to criticise him. He can only work with the players that are available. It would be easy to say you can fix the whole thing by replacing John as the captain. This issue runs much deeper than a defeat against Lithuania."

Henman also called on LTA chief Roger Draper to invest more in grass-roots tennis, to get youngsters playing.

Earlier, Boris Becker had urged the LTA to persuade Henman to captain British Davis Cup team. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 15:40 [IST]
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