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David Felgate is new tennis boss
Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate has been confirmed as the Lawn Tennis Association's new performance director. Felgate succeeds Patrice Hagelauer who resigned in December after four years in the post.
Felgate was Henman's coach for almost 10 years and his candidature was strengthened when the British number one named the 39-year-old as his preferred choice. After splitting with Henman in 2001, having steered him to two Wimbledon semi-finals, Felgate briefly worked with Xavier Malisse before taking up a job with management company IMG.
Felgate said: "I am very excited to have this opportunity in what I consider to be one of the top jobs in world tennis, not just in Britain. I believe that Patrice has implemented some lasting reforms, but of course I will have my own ideas on how we get the best out of our national training department and the players themselves."
Felgate is acutely aware of the need for Britain to produce more world class players and said: "We have failed to capitalise on the good junior performances by taking them into the senior ranks."
He hopes to get Henman and Greg Rusedski more involved, but pointed out: "It isn't just about Tim or Greg winning Wimbledon. It's about producing players on a regular basis."