Brown suggests GB switch

Jamaican could play for GB in Davis Cup - if LTA want him

Last Updated: 21/06/10 7:36pm

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Brown: Says LTA should approach him

Brown: Says LTA should approach him

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British-qualified Jamaican Dustin Brown has hinted he is ready to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup.

After losing in the opening round of Wimbledon, the 25-year-old said it was up to the Lawn Tennis Association to approach him if they wanted him on board but his comments suggested he was ready to swap countries having previously represented Jamaica.

Brown was defeated 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-3 by Austrian 16th seed Jurgen Melzer on his Grand Slam debut but he has made remarkable strides in recent times.

Since 2008 Brown has rocketed 460 places up the rankings to 105 and qualifies for Britain through a grandmother on his father's side.

Speaking after his loss, the player said there had been no contact from the LTA so far but that he was open to making the switch.

"I played for Jamaica in 2002 but I'm pretty sure the cooling off period is 36 months and I haven't been playing Davis Cup lately at all," he said.

"But something has to happen from the LTA. If they're interested, then they have to step towards me.

"Just changing my nationality now and getting a British passport is not going to solve the problem - they have to approach me and then have a sit down.

"I've played for Jamaica all my life. I'm actually pretty happy to play for Jamaica.

"But with Britain I'll be one of the only players, or even the number one player.

"I could also play for Germany because my mum is German, but in Germany I'm only number 13 because they have a lot of good players.

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"It's all options. If the LTA would step towards me and offer me things that would help me improve my game then obviously that's one of the things I would have to look at.

"It's not because I don't want to play for Jamaica anymore. I just have to try to further my career.

"Anything that would help me is worth listening to and looking at."

Brown could be a useful asset to the British Davis Cup side, now captained by Leon Smith, especially given Andy Murray has been opting out of ties of late.

Brown is currently ranked 55 places above British number two Alex Bogdanovic.

The first Jamaican to play at Wimbledon for 40 years pointed out his anger at his home tennis federation, Tennis Jamaica.

"They're not doing their job - it's terrible - and now everybody knows that because I've actually started playing in these events," he added.

"They've given me no funds, no coaching and no help. Neither does it help getting an email two days ago telling me 'Congratulations on your wild card for Wimbledon'.

"I get a direct entry after struggling for so many years and working so hard and I get told by the president two days ago!

"It's like, 'What are you guys doing at work? Sitting down doing nothing'.

"If the president doesn't know what his number one player is doing, he doesn't care."

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