Henman backs Murray after Lloyd criticism


Tim Henman has defended Andy Murray amid criticism from former Davis Cup captain David Lloyd, who claimed the world number two does not give enough back to British tennis.

Lloyd hit out at the two-time grand slam winner and Olympic gold medallist for not helping the game develop in the United Kingdom as he has risen through the rankings.

Henman disagrees with Lloyd's view of the situation and says Murray - who will lead Great Britain in the Davis Cup final against Belgium - and his successes on the ATP Tour do more to inspire future tennis players than touring the country.

"I'd probably disagree, considering he's carried the team to the Davis Cup final," Henman told The Times.

"He's won Wimbledon, the US Open, Olympic gold. That's the most important thing for him to do, to concentrate on his preparation and performance on the court.

"There are others that need to be responsible for taking advantage of the interest he creates in the game. But if you ask me, I think Andy is doing all right."

Jamie Murray - Andy's brother - echoed Henman's sentiments and says the Lawn Tennis Association should have done more to promote the sport on the back of his sibling's successes.

"I don't see how anyone can say they have capitalised on it," he told The Guardian. "That's been a big disappointment.

"We were fortunate we had Tim [Henman] and Greg [Rusedski] for a long time and the country just got really lucky Andy picked up the torch.

"They have to find ways to capitalise on the interest he has generated in tennis in this county.

"He's not going to be around forever and it will be a shame when he stops playing if there is no legacy to show what he's done for British tennis."