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2003 Oct 23 - Bates to be Davis Cup captain

The one and only Jeremy Bates will be appointed as British Davis Cup captain on the 1st January 2004 once Roger Taylor's contract expires.

So much for LTA Performance Director David Felgate's backing of Roger Taylor to remain British Davis Cup captain! For one reason or another a deal to keep Roger as captain could not be struck, so it will be great shame to lose him.

For all those who don't know Jeremy Bates; he was a former British No.1 (just before Tim Henman), and the highlights of his career are reaching the Wimbledon Quarter-Finals in 1992 and 1994. Since then Jeremy has become the LTA's head of performance, a position he will still hold while also becoming British Davis Cup captain.

Jeremy's familiarity with the team will help the transition from one coach to another. He said:

"It's a great honour to be asked to take charge of the Davis Cup team. I have the experience of working with the team as a coach so I know the players well."

As Great Britain have dropped out of the World Group the task in hand for Jeremy is an obvious one, to get us out of Euro/African Zone in 2005.

We would like to thank Mr Taylor for all his efforts with the British team and wish him every success in the future.

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