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Henman: British men’s tennis “embarrassing”

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Former British number one Tim Henman has claimed the current state of men’s tennis in the UK is “embarrassing”.

The one time world number four also said Great Britain have no chance of triumphing in their Davis Cup World Group play-off against Croatia, unless Andy Murray is available.

The world number two has said he will make himself available for the clash in September and Henman feels his involvement could just swing it for captain Leon Smith and his team.

However, Henman felt such a state of affairs just wasn’t good enough for British tennis.

“The signs are he [Murray] will probably play against Croatia so I fancy their chances,” he told BBC Sport.

"The fact we haven't got anyone else inside the top 200 in the world is still a bit embarrassing.”

The lack of depth in British men’s tennis has been a concern for some time and Henman isn’t the only person so indicate Murray’s recent success is masking a continuing lack of progress in the sport.

However, GB did show incredible spirit and determination to book their place in the draw that was made on Wednesday.

After going 2-0 down in the tie with Russia, a win for Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming in the doubles was followed by a dramatic comeback win in five for James Ward – a win that brought redemption after his five-set defeat in his first match.

Then world number 325 Dan Evans thrashed Evgeny Donskoy, who is 245 places above the Brit in the rankings, 6-4 6-4 6-1 to complete an astonishing turnaround at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The clash with Croatia will be Leon Smith’s first away tie and is the first time in seven straight games that GB won’t be playing at home.

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