9 Mar 2010

Inquiry into Brit Davis Cup debacle

4:20 pm on 9 March 2010

British tennis is to hold an inquiry into its latest Davis Cup debacle, an embarrassing loss to Lithuania and the risk of relegation to the lowest tier of world tennis.

Yesterday John Lloyd became the first Great Britain captain to oversee five straight defeats in the Davis Cup as the side slumped 3-2 away to Lithuania - a team with only three world ranked players, all teenagers.

The loss, which came as British star Andy Murray continued to opt out of the men's team tournament, raised fresh questions about the way the LTA runs British tennis.

The sport received more than $60 million last year in profits from Wimbledon alone, while Lithuania's estimated annual tennis budget is less than $200,000.

Britain now face a relegation play-off against Turkey in July to avoid dropping into group three of the Europe/Africa Zone - the lowest tier of the competition - alongside the likes of Montenegro and San Marino.

Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936 - the same year Fred Perry became the last British male player to win a grand slam tournament.