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Murray should be 'pushed' to play more regularly for Great Britain in Davis Cup: Lloyd

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London, Mar 22 (ANI): Former Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, who resigned following the humiliating loss to Lithuania earlier this month, wants the British Lawn Tennis Association to push their star player Andy Murray to play on a regular basis.

Lloyd feels that the LTA should have ensured that Andy Murray played more ties for Davis Cup.

"Call me old-fashioned, but when is it a convenience, and not a privilege, to play for your country? I know Roger Federer, and other top players, pick and choose when to play in the Davis Cup. But does that make it right?

"If England's football team had failed to qualify for the World Cup, would it be OK for Wayne Rooney to turn around and say that he didn't think he'd bother playing for the international team until they had some proper matches, or a team worthy of his time? Of course not," The Telegraph quoted Lloyd, as saying.

"When did it come about that someone only played for their country when they had a good team? Yet the public seems to have accepted Andy should be playing only when the team is in the upper echelons of the competition.

"The reality is that the only way for Britain to get back to the World Group of the Davis Cup is with him in the team," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 13:19 [IST]
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