With Wimbledon over, I reckon it's time to revive this thread.
Wonder if Andy will come back for Turkey. It's not a tie GB can afford to lose.
Should bring Boggo back.
Andy made it plain before Wimbledon that he would not be available to play in this tie because he still maintains it's up to the other British players to take responsibility and prove themselves.
Leon Smith wanted Boggo to put himself forward for consideration, but Boggo went into a huff because he was again refused a wild card for Wimbledon and said that, as the LTA had cut his funding because they claimed he wasn't working hard enough, he wouldn't be available as he wanted to focus on improving his ranking and try to get into the top 100. (Ranking at 5 July #172).
AEGON GB Davis Cup Team Captain, Leon Smith has announced a four man team and one reserve to take on Turkey in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie. The event takes place from 9-11 July 2010 on the grass courts of Devonshire Park, Eastbourne – home of the AEGON International
The team is made up of Jamie Baker, James Ward and doubles specialists Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming (pictured here in action for the GB team against Ukraine in 2009) with Alex Ward in reserve. All five players are members of Team AEGON, the top British players selected by the LTA to receive the highest level of coaching and support.
The players have enjoyed a good grass-court season, especially at the AEGON International where Ward reached the quarter finals, knocking out a string of top players on the way. Skupski and Fleming enjoyed a great run to the final before narrowly missing out against the second seeds. The pair enjoyed another good result at Wimbledon the following week.
Smith is sure his team has what it takes to overcome Turkey in a match they must win to stay in the group, stating:
‘I am confident that this is a group of players which can win this tie.
‘They’ve all shown good form during the grass court season, and now the focus is on getting the result against Turkey.’
I hope Smith can succeed where Lloyd failed. Also I notice The Sun online made slightly negative noises about Andy after he announced he wasn't going to play, and I'm wondering whether, in view of Andy's SF defeat, there will be any media backlash about his decision.