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2004 Mar 16 - Jeremy Bates opens door for Rusedski

Greg Rusedski may not be 100% fit at the present time but his desire to play for Great Britain has never been in question. At the Queen's Club press conference he said of the forthcoming Davis Cup tie against Luxembourg:

"I don't know if my fitness will be good enough. I've spoken to our Davis Cup captain Jeremy Bates and I'm more than willing to be there if my fitness allows."

Jeremy Bates (British Davis Cup Captain) has left the door wide open for Greg, as his experience and personality would still be of major benefit to the squad even if he didn't fully participate. Jeremy said:

"With this huge strain off his shoulders I'm sure he will be raring to go, and very positive about playing, which can only be good news for British tennis.

"You can have Greg there in the Davis Cup in any capacity. Not only has he led the line for so many years, he is a tremendous influence on all the other players.

"I'm very keen to get some of the younger players involved in the Davis Cup, and whether they are there for experience or part of the team, they can learn so much from Greg and, of course, Tim.

"His doubles record with Tim is good so far; he and Tim are unbeaten in the Davis Cup games they have played together. If he starts there, so be it. When he is ready to play singles, that's something we'll consider.

"We have a tremendous spirit in the Davis Cup team. We get behind the players who are playing and it will be terrific to have Greg there in any capacity."

The Great Britain v Luxembourg Davis Cup tie will kick-off on the 9th April - see the official Davis Cup website.

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