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New Davis Cup captain defends Tennis NZ decision

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Latest Tennis News | Tuesday January 29 2013 8:50

New Davis Cup captain defends Tennis NZ decision


New Davis Cup captain Alistair Hunt is defending the decision to pick part time pro Matt Simpson in the squad for this week's tie against Lebanon at Albany.

Simpson has a ranking of 1566 in singles and spent much of last year playing club tennis in Germany.

Former Davis Cup player Adam Thompson says the selection is a disgrace.

Simpson is the son of former captain Jeff Simpson who is on the selector's board.

But Hunt says they went through a transparent process.

He says once Matt's name came into the mix then Jeff had to withdraw as a conflict of interest, so he had nothing to do with it.

But Hunt says Simpson has previous Davis Cup experience.

He says he would have liked to have 17-year-old Cameron Norrie in the team but they have opted for Simpson's experience.

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