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Lloyd made captain

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Message 1 - posted by Jez - Manager (U888427) , Aug 9, 2006

John Lloyd is the new captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team.

news.bbc.co.uk/sport...

A good choice?
       

Message 2 - posted by liam valid (U3634232) , Aug 9, 2006

Well he always thought he knew best sat in the commentary box, so now he can put it to practice

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Message 3 - posted by U2320547 (U2320547) , Aug 9, 2006

i think its a good appointment, lloyd seems to talk alot of sense

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Message 4 - posted by yahyahyah (U5061423) , Aug 9, 2006

Wow....from Jeremy Bates to John Lloyd....all the big names in tennis take on this job don't they!

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Message 5 - posted by Robbio (U3736728) , Aug 9, 2006

Good appointment.

Was looking back at his previous comments last month and seems he's pretty keen on throwing teh youngsters into the mix (J. murray for doubs, Baker and Goodall).

Could end up with a davis cup team scotland! (Murray, Murray + baker)

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Message 6 - posted by Owen Goal (U1664111) , Aug 9, 2006

Oops, sorry - didn't see a thread had already started on this topic ...

Well, if I was Lloyd I don't think that I would have taken the job. Unless he knows something we don't and that there are some really outstanding youngsters coming through - I can't see the future being too rosy.

We might even go out to the Ukraine at the first hurdle and be consigned to Group 2, and whatever happens, the future seems to rely rather to much on Murray. And will Andy want to shoulder this burden, which could be detrimental to his career of which he has the highest aspirations ?

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Message 7 - posted by SportsRep (U1667325) , Aug 9, 2006

‘Could end up with a davis cup team scotland! (Murray, Murray + baker)’

Sorry but Jamie Murray’s rubbish, he’s never going to make it as a tennis professional, he’s only ever mentioned because of his brother…

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Message 8 - posted by U2320547 (U2320547) , Aug 9, 2006

i disagree sports rep, he and an american player made a atp doubles final a couple weeks back, and narrowly lost to the bryan brothers, could be useful for the squad(only in doubles though)

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Message 9 - posted by courtmaster (U3740467) , Aug 9, 2006

The talent pool in GB is so limited they don't have many choices. But lets not kid ourselves...JL will be the frontman but Brad Gilbert will be the real power behind the throne , which actually bodes quite well.

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Message 10 - posted by SportsRep (U1667325) , Aug 9, 2006

‘i disagree sports rep, he and an american player made a atp doubles final a couple weeks back, and narrowly lost to the bryan brothers, could be useful for the squad(only in doubles though)’

Oh yeah, maybe as a doubles specialist he could do OK, he’s never going to make the big time in singles. Our best doubles player is probably Sherwood, though he was criticised by Bates for putting his wedding ahead of the Davis Cup tie.

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Message 11 - posted by Robbio (U3736728) , Aug 9, 2006

"Sorry but Jamie Murray’s rubbish, he’s never going to make it as a tennis professional, he’s only ever mentioned because of his brother… "

Hmmm thats a bit short sighted. He just got to the final of first atp doubs and is now 138 in the world (2nd only to auckland in britain) and rising. Plus hes only 20 and could easy forge a doubs ppartnership with andy for obv reasons...

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Message 12 - posted by courtmaster (U3740467) , Aug 9, 2006

Sports rep, I think that was James Auckland who was getting married.

Sherwood is going through a bad spell of form, I think.......

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Message 13 - posted by ANDYW (U1650793) , Aug 9, 2006

Jamie Murray is a more than decent doubles player.

The whole thing does seem a bit like being appointed captain of the Titanic twenty minutes after it hit the iceberg...

Arguably, relegation may not be that bad a prospect - provided we can use it to give the rest of the team some positive Davis Cup experience next year (i.e. winning!)

Fundamentally though, we need some quality breaking through to support Murray. Lets face it, we've not achieved much at Davis Cup level in the last decade with two top players to choose from - our prospects with just one look bleak.

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Message 14 - posted by U2320547 (U2320547) , Aug 9, 2006

again sports rep i disagree this is why

james auckland-doubles ranking 92
jamie murray-doubles ranking 138
david sheerwood-doubles ranking 401

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Message 15 - posted by ark_28 (U2205532) , Aug 9, 2006

Lloyd boars me to tears when he commentates so at least now he captain we wont have to hear him talk during DC

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Message 16 - posted by tennis01 (U1746792) , Aug 9, 2006

What can Lloyd do to turn around the fortunes f the GB team without any star players. Andy is either injured or tired half the time. So we have no other decent players. What can Lloyd do?

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Message 17 - posted by SportsRep (U1667325) , Aug 9, 2006

Sorry all, got Auckland and Sherwood muddled up.

Still stand by my assertion that Jamie Murray isn’t all that, though. I don’t think I’m being short-sighted Robbio, I’ve seen him play live more than once (both singles and doubles) and I’m just not convinced.

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Message 18 - posted by yahyahyah (U5061423) , Aug 9, 2006

'Lloyd boars me to tears when he commentates so at least now he captain we wont have to hear him talk during DC'

SO true - theres just something so dull about him! Imagine Lloyd trying to inspire the team!

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Message 19 - posted by Owen Goal (U1664111) , Aug 9, 2006


The whole thing does seem a bit like being appointed captain of the Titanic twenty minutes after it hit the iceberg...

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Yeah, and Lloydy is now the guy who has to go on deck and order the deck-chairs to be thrown overboard ... biggrin

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Message 20 - posted by U3556352 (U3556352) , Aug 9, 2006

Unfortunately the Davis Cup Captains always take the flack for the shortcomings of the players. They can only work with the talent thats before them. And apart from Andy Murray the rest of the team are dire. The bottom line is that without Tim Henman they are nothing anymore . Thats it in a nutshell. So it does not matter which former player captains the team . John Lloyd as an ex player who was a pretty decent player in his day is as good as anybody. He will do o.k with the best he has got . Which sad for him its not a lot.

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