JUDY MURRAY’S enthusiasm at taking over the British Fed Cup tennis team recently may well have been tempered just a few hours ago.
She watched what is termed the ‘cream’ of this country’s women tennis players make the most rapid of exits from the Australian Open – only this time managing it so effectively that it gave the impression of tumbling dominoes.
Laura Robson, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson were all beaten in the tournament’s opening round and not one of them even managed to win a set.
Their unity of purpose was quite stunning – one can only assume that group bookings on flights home are cheaper.
However, the Europe/Africa Zone group matches in the Fed Cup are near at hand and will be played at the Municipal Tennis Club in Eilat on February 1-4 and you have to feel that Great Britain’s opponents – Netherlands, the hosts Israel and Portugal – might just be rubbing their hands at the prospect.
And as tough as Ms Murray may come across, maybe it would be better if Margaret Thatcher was put in charge of the team.
The Iron Lady certainly seemed to have an effective way of dealing with groups espousing a ‘one out, all out’ philosophy during the 1980s.