November 29, 2016 / 1:05 PM / a year ago

Keothavong named Britain's Fed Cup captain

LONDON (Reuters) - Former British number one Anne Keothavong will succeed Andy Murray’s mother Judy as her country’s Fed Cup captain, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said on Tuesday.

Tennis - AEGON Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club - 15/6/14 Anne Keothavong during the Rally4Bally mixed doubles exhibition match Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Ed Sykes

Her first assignment will be the Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 ties in Tallinn, Estonia following next year’s Australian Open.

London-born Keothavong, whose brother James is a top-level umpire, retired, aged 29, in 2013 and has been working as a TV pundit for BT Sport since.

She reached a career-high ranking of 48th in 2009 - the first British woman to crack the top 50 for 16 years.

“I think Anne is a great choice as our next Fed Cup captain,” British number one Johanna Konta said.

“She will lead from real life experience because she was a winner on court and she knew what it took to step up and play for her country.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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