Tim Henman admits he accepted the role of Great Britain’s ATP Cup captain due to his “great relationship” with Andy Murray.
The inaugural ATP Cup will take place in three Australian cities from January 3-12 with Great Britain in Group C alongside Belgium, Bulgaria and Moldova.
Murray, Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie, Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury make up the squad and as the top-ranked player Andy Murray, who used his protected ranking, also got the honour of selecting the captain.
He went with Henman ahead of Greg Rusedski and told BBC Sport in an interview that it “he’s got a lot of experience, he’s a fun guy to be around and he played lots of Davis Cups”.
When Henman was asked why he though Murray selected him, he is quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk: “I have known Andy a lot longer, and, yeah, probably have a better relationship with him.
“You know, it wasn’t something I was necessarily expecting. But once Andy sent me a message and said, ‘How about it?’ I definitely gave it some serious thought.
“I think he’s a significant reason why I accepted, because he’s someone that I have had a great relationship for a long time. The impact that he’s had on, you know, British tennis as well as world tennis has been enormous.
“Having seen what he’s gone through with the hip surgery and how well he’s come back, I think how he’s taken so many people by surprise and I think how much more he’s still got to improve, I think that’s what’s exciting and was, as I said, a big part of why I accepted the captaincy.”
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