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08 December 2011

Great Britain announce new Fed Cup captain


Photo: Nir KeidarHeather Watson and Jocelyn Rae (GBR)

The LTA has announced that Judy Murray has taken over as Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain. Her first job will be leading the team’s bid for promotion to World Group II when they compete at the Europe/Africa Zone Group I event in Israel on 1-4 February.

Murray, the mother of world No. 4 Andy Murray and former Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray, is one of the most experienced coaches in Britain. She served as Scotland’s national coach for nine years and worked with some of GB’s top players, including Elena Baltacha, Colin Fleming and Jamie Baker.

“It is a huge honour for me to represent my country in this way and the role presents a very exciting challenge, given the mix of talent, experience and determination we have in our top female players right now,” Murray told the LTA website.

“I’m also really looking forward to working with the LTA to develop a bigger and stronger female coaching workforce. I want to encourage more women to get involved in coaching at the highest level and to personally support their development."

The women’s game in Great Britain is currently stronger than it has been for many years, with Baltacha ranked just outside the world’s Top 50 and Anne Keothavong at No. 72.

Baltacha and Keothavong have long been Britain’s top two players, but the emergence of teenagers Heather Watson and Laura Robson, both former junior Grand Slam champions, has given the GB team considerable strength in depth.

Murray takes over as Fed Cup captain from Nigel Sears, who departed in the summer to take over as coach of Ana Ivanovic, the former world No. 1 and Roland Garros champion. Sears was GB captain for four and a half years.

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