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Eaton rises to Lloyd's challenge

Jonathan Overend | 09:35 UK time, Thursday, 26 February 2009

Chris Eaton should have been in the British Davis Cup team for last year's debacle at Wimbledon against Austria, and he sure as hell should be in this time after winning a six hour 40 minute play-off match on Wednesday.

If you missed it, Eaton beat James Ward 21-19 in the fifth set on the second day of the mini-tournament to pick Andy Murray's Davis Cup team-mates for the forthcoming tie with Ukraine.

The match started at 10.40 in the morning and finished at 6.20 in the evening. Nobody can be in any doubt how much these players want selection - what an effort from both men.

A final round of matches is scheduled for Friday but John Lloyd may as well call it off now. Hasn't he seen enough?

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Lloyd looks for Davis Cup X Factor

Jonathan Overend | 20:22 UK time, Monday, 23 February 2009

It must have been the curiosity factor which lured the likes of Tim Henman and The Duchess of Gloucester to the National Tennis Centre for day one of the Davis Cup selection play-off.

At times the calibre of the star-studded viewing balcony outweighed the courts, where six relative unknowns to the wider world fought for an international call-up.

It would have made for classic reality TV.

Six wannabe players, complete with heart monitors to assess their reaction under pressure, three courts, side by side with no ball boys, and a place as Andy Murray's team-mate up for grabs.

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