LTA’s Michael Downey opens door to Andy Murray as criticism mounts | Sport | The Guardian

It is understood that the LTA, which praised Murray’s efforts in helping Great Britain win the for the first time since 1936, shares his concerns about the lack of emerging talent and said that he is always welcome to voice his views after the 28-year-old made the startling revelation that he has only spoken to Downey once since the Canadian’s appointment in 2013.

 

However, Murray’s complaints were backed up by the former Davis Cup captain John Lloyd, who claimed that nothing has changed since Downey replaced the unloved Roger Draper. Questions have been raised over the decision by Downey and Bob Brett, the former head of player development who left in July, to stop using the £40m National Training Centre in Roehampton, south-west London, which opened in 2007. Leon Smith, the captain who guided Britain to their triumph in Belgium, is yet to negotiate a new contract and feels that the decision has backfired.

 

“The GB Davis Cup team’s success at the weekend was an incredible sporting achievement and we congratulate Leon and all of the team for what they have accomplished,” Downey said in a statement issued by the LTA. “Their success is a chance for the nation to celebrate and we hope this will inspire people to pick up a racket and get on court.

 

“We value the opinions of all of our players on how we grow the game in Britain and our door is always open to Andy, Dan, Dom, James, Jamie and Kyle to hear their views and work collaboratively with them and all of our partners.”

 

The Lawn Association’s chief executive, Michael Downey, has steered clear of entering a public row with Andy Murray and made it clear that the door is open for him to help it improve British tennis after the world No2 accused the ruling body of failing to build on his successes.

 

 

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