Murray warned by Lloyd


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:15

Doubles specialist Murray, who turns 23 next month, has struggled to capture the form that saw him claim the Wimbledon mixed title with Jelena Jankovic in 2007.

“I’m not going to have two doubles specialists in the team, as I have in previous matches. It’ll be between Ross Hutchins and Jamie Murray,” Lloyd told BBC Sport.

“I think Jamie has lost his confidence a bit. He is a class player. I love having Jamie in the team.

“But Ross is also a good Davis Cup man and he works hard, so in some way that’s their own little battle for me.”

Lloyd has also revealed he is changing his selection method for the singles, with play-offs to be held in London this week for two places in the team alongside Andy Murray.

“We are trying something different to push the number two spot rather than go strictly on ranking,” added Lloyd, who wants to mirror the Australian method of selection.

“They play five-set matches and the winners play the singles. I have always been fascinated by that.

“It’s an interesting way of putting pressure on the players to play five-set matches, but in British teams we have never had the depth to do that.

“We need it for the number two and three spots because no-one has really pushed through.”


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