Britain vows 'swift,' 'decisive' action

Updated: March 8, 2010, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Britain promises "swift and decisive" action regarding its Davis Cup team following a 3-2 loss to Lithuania.

The loss was Britain's fifth in a row under captain John Lloyd and it now has to beat Turkey to avoid dropping to the lowest tier of the competition.

Britain, playing without Andy Murray, lost in Vilnius on Sunday to a country with only three players ranked in the top 1,000.

Steve Martens, player director of the Lawn Tennis Association, said no decisions have been made yet.

"Clearly we have to be swift and decisive. But it is very important that in the heat of the battle you don't do anything emotional," he said. "We have to be looking at this together with the captain, reviewing where we were with our players, where we were with our selection, where we were with the preparation of the players. That is exactly what we'll do over the next few days and the captain will be a full part of that."

Martens said the LTA has not looked at replacing Lloyd with Greg Rusedski, a former U.S. Open runner-up now coaching promising British players.

"We have had no direct contact at all [with Rusedski]," Martens said. "I think it would also be very disrespectful to a guy like John to do that.

"Greg is a fantastic coach, he works with us, he's fully on board working with some of the male players and John so far has been fully in the loop in everything we do."


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