LTA announces reshuffle

  • Last Updated: February 13 2013, 13:36 GMT

The Lawn Tennis Association has announced another reshuffle of its coaching staff.

Iain Bates with the GB Fed Cup team in Israel last week
Iain Bates with the GB Fed Cup team in Israel last week

Iain Bates has been appointed head of women's tennis, while Davis Cup captain Leon Smith will return to overseeing the men's game.

Bates was part of the backroom coaching team which helped the GB Fed Cup team win through to the World Group II play-offs last week.

Bates arrives in the role with the women's game improving signifcantly. Laura Robson and Heather Watson have recently moved into the world's top 50 and he will now look to help bring thorugh a number of leading junior players, including 15-year-old Maia Lumsden, who recently won the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl tournament.

Meanwhile, former British number one Jeremy Bates has been appointed lead coach for women's tennis, an expansion on his current role within the LTA.

Fed Cup captain Judy Murray will also work under Bates. In her role as player development advisor she will also lead the LTA's work to produce more female coaches to work with young female players.

As part of the shake-up, Smith returns to focus solely on the men's game - he will move back to his dual role as head of men's tennis and GB skipper having, until now, also had responsibility for the women's side of the sport in Britain.

LTA chief executive Roger Draper said: "I'd like to congratulate Iain on his new role.

"This is a really exciting time for the women's game in this country, and these changes will help us not only to deliver success in this area, but also enable us to continue to use the inspirational performances of our players to encourage more women and girls to play and follow tennis.

"I'd also like thank Leon for the key part he has played in the development of the women's team over the past two years. His focus now is going to be just as important, in overseeing the transition of some of our highly-talented male juniors into the senior game, and developing the Aegon GB Davis Cup team."

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