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LONDON -- Britain is turning to the top official in Canadian tennis to improve its fo
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LONDON -- Britain is turning to the top official in Canadian tennis to improve its fortunes on the world stage. Michael Downey was hired as the chief executive of Britains Lawn Tennis Association on Tuesday, ending his nine-year tenure as president and chief executive of Tennis Canada. Despite being extremely well funded, mainly due to the profits handed down from Wimbledon, British tennis has little top-level talent outside Andy Murray, who this year became Britains first mens singles winner at the All England Club since 1936. The 38th-ranked Laura Robson is the only Briton in the womens top 50. "The opportunity that Andy Murray is now a Wimbledon champion, two-time grand slam champion, is immense for tennis in Britain," said Downey, who was formerly the regional president for Canadas largest brewery, Molson Canada. "Andy Murrays biggest contribution to tennis in Britain is winning. Thats when you want to write about him, thats when people want to follow him, thats when kids are going to go out, pick up racquets and want to be Andy Murray. And I believe theres a bevy of young talent thats coming up in Great Britain that is going to follow Andy Murray to the podium." Downey will take up his new role on Jan. 6 as the replacement for Roger Draper, who announced in March that he was stepping down. In 2012, the LTA invested 73.2 million pounds ($109 million) but with little tangible reward. Murray, who has been brought through largely outside the LTA structure, is the only British man in the top 150 in the rankings. The LTA said that Canadian tennis enjoyed significant growth at the grassroots and elite level under Downey, with more than 1.2 million people playing tennis at least twice a month. "This sport has far more importance in Britain than in Canada," Downey said. "The expectation will be higher of myself in this position." LTA chairman David Gregson said Downeys annual salary will be 300,000 pounds ($480,000) -- less than half of what Draper was earning. "We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis," Gregson said. "Michael demonstrably fits the bill perfectly and was the unanimous choice of our recruitment panel." Hydro Flask Straw Lid Nz . - Jordan Addesis shootout goal helped the Plymouth Whalers to a 3-2 win over the Sault Ste. Hydro Flask 32 Oz Cheap . Not that Durant cared. The only streak he cares about is still intact. http://www.hydroflasknzsale.com/hydro-fl...oz-nz.html. Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists, Nowitzki was another of seven Dallas players in double figures with 11 points and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-104 Tuesday night. Hydro Flask Straw Lid Sale . 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Some devout Muslim athletes choose to fast during training or competition, but it can create selection difficulties for the coaches in team sports. Halilhodzic, who has testy relations with sections of the Algerian media and its football association, threatened to leave a news conference Sunday if questions persisted on the topic. He said critics were using the issue to "try and raise hatred of me and my family. This is really disgusting." The national football association released a statement denying a report in Algerias leading football newspaper suggesting that Halilhodzic, a Muslim, had ordered players not to fast. Its a potentially sensitive allegation in the mostly Muslim country. The federation said Halilhodzic had been "very respectful" of the religion in his three years at the helm of the national team. The veteran coach, a French-Bosnian, said fasting was a "private issue and players will do exactly as they wish." "When you ask this question you lack respect and ethics. 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