September 23 - Roger Draper (pictured), the chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, has pledged to see out his new £1.5 million five-year contract despite Britain being relegated to the third division of world tennis.

Britain's defeat against Poland in Liverpool on Sunday saw them drop out of the top group in the Europe/Africa zone, which means next year they will face Lithuania.

Draper said: "I have no intention of going anywhere and intend to see this through and I have always said don't judge us on the short term but in five to seven years.

"There is going to be a period of hard grind.

"It was massively uncomfortable to be sitting there as we lost to Poland and the defeat is hugely disappointing.

"Nobody in British tennis can fail to be upset with the result and it was, possibly, the toughest 48 hours I have known in my three years in the post."

Draper, the former chief executive of Sport England, signed his new contract in December.

He said: "I am sure people will be looking for scapegoats because everyone wants short-term results, but this is not about sacrificing someone.

"We have a long-term plan in place which we believe in and we always said this was going to be a 10-year process and there has been massive progress.

"When you take the Davis Cup in isolation then you have to pick yourself up after days like that.

"Last week I was doing interviews about Heather Watson winning the US Open girls title and you have to recognise the growth in our sport, the work with coaches, talent identification system and the progress of our girls, so there are lots of positives."

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