VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Given their shared tennis burden, John Lloyd and Andy Murray ought to have one of those special, cross-generational relationships often spawned by sports.
"Our relationship," Lloyd was saying Tuesday night at the Grand Harbor clubhouse, where he was guest speaker at the Indian River Tennis Foundation's kickoff party, "is slightly strained."
"If he were having a dinner party, I probably wouldn't be on his guest list," Lloyd said, "and, frankly, he wouldn't be on mine."
That's because the two clashed in 2010 after Lloyd, at the end of his five-year tenure as Britain's Davis Cup captain, publicly questioned Murray's commitment to the cause -- a criticism the fiery Scot didn't appreciate.
So they're not friends.
They do have something meaningful in common, however: Lloyd was the No. 1 British player from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s; Murray is Britain's best now.
In fact, Murray is ranked No. 4 on the ATP World Tour, where he has won 22 singles titles. He has reached finals at the 2010 and 2011 Australian Opens, as well as the 2008 U.S. Open, and was a semifinalist at the 2011 French Open and at Wimbledon in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
And, as was Lloyd during his era, Murray is Britain's lone men's hope to win a Grand Slam tournament -- something that hasn't happened since Fred Perry won eight of them, the last two of which came in 1938, when he swept the Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships.
"I can relate to it," Lloyd said when asked about the pressure placed on him to bring Britain another Grand Slam title, "and I have to say: He plays well under those conditions.
"Andy, as did Tim Henman before him, has handled it better than I did. Especially at Wimbledon. I did not play my best tennis in England. I played better at the U.S. Open and in Australia. But it's also very different nowadays."
In one noticeable way, he added, it's easier.
Lloyd, now 57, explained that, in his time, he didn't have the benefit of an entourage. No coach to reserve practice courts and line up practice partners. No manager to take care of travel arrangements and ticket requests from family and friends. No publicist to handle the media.
It was all up to him. And when it came to returning home to England for Wimbledon, the off-the-court demands became a distraction.
"I blew it in that way," said Lloyd, who became the first British man to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era by playing his way to the 1977 Australian Open title bout, where he lost to Vitas Gerulaitis in five sets. He also got to the 1984 U.S. Open quarterfinals, but he never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.
Murray, on the other hand, has all the support he needs to chase that elusive major championship -- including a coach familiar with winning.
The eight-time Grand Slam winner began working with Murray just before this year's Australian Open, where a seemingly more focused Murray battled eventual champion Novak Djokovic for nearly five hours before losing in five sets in the semis.
"Maybe Lendl is the X-factor that can carry him across the finish line," said Lloyd, a tennis analyst for the BBC.
For what it's worth, Lloyd doesn't buy into the theory that the caliber of today's top players makes it more difficult for Murray to win majors than it was during his career.
"That's all a bit exaggerated," he said. "Today, there's (Novak) Djokovic, (Rafael) Nadal, (Roger) Federer and Murray. Back then, there was (Jimmy) Connors, (Bjorn) Borg, (John) McEnroe and (Guillermo) Vilas. There were a lot of great eras."
Then and now, though, there has been one nagging constant: No British man has won a Grand Slam title.
Particularly, on his home turf.
"The Fred Perry thing has gotten on my nerves, so I'd like to get that monkey off our backs," said Lloyd, who was married to America's tennis sweetheart, Chris Evert, for eight years before their divorce in 1987. "Winning any Grand Slam would do it. But, having said that, if it doesn't happen at Wimbledon, we'd still have that hanging over our heads."
Murray is Britain's best chance.
Perhaps if Murray wins Wimbledon this summer, the two can get together for dinner and celebrate.