Smith to continue as Davis Cup captain

Leon Smith has agreed for a contract extension to stay on as Great Britain's Davis Cup captain until the end of 2018, following the country's triumphant campaign in last year's event.

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Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith with Andy Murray.

Leon Smith has agreed for a contract extension to stay on as Great Britain's Davis Cup captain until the end of 2018, following the country's stunning success in last year's event. Inspired by World No. 2 Andy Murray, the British team secured a first Davis Cup title in 79 years — a November victory in Belgium rounding off their triumphant campaign.

Murray again played a leading role last week, winning two singles rubbers and reprising his successful doubles partnership with brother Jamie as Great Britain began their defence of the crown with a home win over Japan in Birmingham.

And Smith, who has known both Murray brothers since they were children, will continue to oversee the team's progress after extending his contract with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). "It is a huge honour and privilege to continue captaining our Davis Cup team," said Smith.

"We have achieved so much over the last six years and becoming world champions last year will be the highlight of my career."

LTA chief executive Michael Downey added: "As I said after Leon led the Great Britain team to the title in Ghent, we are lucky to have the world's best Davis Cup captain lead our nation. We are delighted to extend his contract further as we continue to build on this run of success."

Great Britain face Serbia in the quarter-finals of this year's competition - setting up the tantalising prospect of a head-to-head between Andy Murray and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.