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Murray: Duo are role models

Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray has hailed the emergence of youngsters Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

Murray is determined to lead the LTA's work to develop and support more female coaches to work with the younger female players, although she admits it's a big challenge to get girls involved in tennis.

However, she does remain confident that the arrival of role models Heather Watson and Laura Robson will help increase participation and believes the pair have brought some "fun" back into the women's game.

World No 39 Watson and Robson, the world No 45, were at the forefront of Britain's Fed Cup success against Bulgaria last month as they reached the World Group II play-offs to set up a tie against Argentina.

And Murray told Sky Sports: "We've had the same challenges in the men's game but there are more boys playing at a young age then there are girls.

"The way I look at it now is that there is that massive opportunity with these really great players to be the role models, to be the inspiration.

"I think the fact that some of our best tennis players can look so good, that also helps to encourage girls to play because they can see that sport is not just about muscles and getting sweaty.

"You can actually be a very successful sports person and look great at the same time."