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Murray's mom quits as British Fed Cup captain

2016-03-15 17:42
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London - Judy Murray has given up her role as captain of Great Britain's Fed Cup team, the Lawn Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.

Murray, the mother of British tennis star Andy Murray, was appointed to skipper the side in the Fed Cup - the leading women's international team tennis tournament - in 2011.

But while Andy led Britain to victory in last year's Davis Cup, the men's equivalent, Judy was unable to have anything like the same impact from off the court, with her side failing to gain promotion to the elite World Group from the Europe/Africa zone.

Judy Murray recently became a grandmother for the first time following the birth of Andy's daughter Sophia last month and has been heavily involved in various schemes to promote grassroots tennis in Britain.

Last month, Britain won two Fed Cup matches - despite the absence through illness of Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta - but lost to Belgium with a place in the World Group II playoffs at stake.

Afterwards Judy Murray made no secret of her frustration with the format of the competition, the 56-year-old saying: "I'm fed up with it. Everybody wants to get out of this zone.

"The format doesn't really lend itself to building any momentum for women's team tennis if you play four days in February and then you don't play again until the following February."

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