The future's bright, the future's British
At the recent Davis Cup tie in Glasgow, with the British team changed and ready to play, a couple of 16-year-old lads gatecrashed the locker room. Eyebrows were raised, but security was not required.
They weren't lost or looking to cause trouble. Though few people in the room knew it, they were two of British tennis's finest prospects.
Luke Bambridge and Kyle Edmund had been told to give the team talk by captain Leon Smith, who is also the head of men's tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). British number one Andy Murray was about to be lectured by the rookies.
The speech wasn't exactly an epic tub-thumper, but up they stood and away they went - said all the right things, impressed all the right people.
Yorkshire-born Kyle Edmund reached the semis of the US Open Juniors last month. Photo: Getty
A couple of weeks later, here they are as Junior Davis Cup winners along with the third member of the team, Evan Hoyt, and captain Greg Rusedski. It is the first time Britain have won the event and it is significant reward for a hard-working bunch.
Of course there is no guarantee of that - promising junior talent has evaporated through every generation and every age group (and Britain is not alone here) - but there are definite signs of encouragement.
For a start, Hoyt, Edmund and Bambridge - born within a fortnight of each other in January 1995 - all look to me like proper tennis players.
They are six-foot-plus, they move well, they are comfortable in all areas of the court and they have big shots. Hoyt has speed and great tactical awareness, Edmund and Bambridge both possess the almost obligatory modern-day combination of big serve, big forehand.
Then there is the athletic ability. Huge strides appear to have been made in the LTA physical training department under Arran Peck, formerly of Ulster Rugby Club, and these lads will beef up considerably over the next couple of years.
Then comes the attitude. They love to compete, they love to play on clay. They don't appear to be in the game for an easy ride or a cushy lifestyle and it's up to them to keep believing this. The minute they waver, the minute their careers will stall.
Bambridge has impressed by winning a series of long tight matches while Hoyt would not have been Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon practice partner three days in a row with anything less than a perfect work ethic.
The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton has been key to young players' development. Photo: Getty
They all come from different areas of the country and different coaching backgrounds.
Welshman Hoyt is a student at Tim Henman's former school - Reeds in Surrey - where coach Ben Haran, assisted by early-morning alarm clocks, is achieving terrific things.
Edmund, from Yorkshire, worked for several years with John Black at Bisham Abbey before basing himself at the National Tennis Centre with long-time LTA coach Colin Beecher.
Interestingly Beecher remains in close contact with Black, sending match reports and stats through for feedback. There is no need for Black to be jettisoned, knowing the player so well.
Likewise, Martin Weston, who helped develop Bambridge at Loughborough, just down the road from the player's Nottingham home. Weston remains in close contact with his former charge, still going on some trips, even though Beecher has the coaching reins.
This inclusiveness and recognition for coaches who have done good work with junior players is a big step forward under Smith's leadership at the LTA. There is more to be done but we are heading in the right direction, finally.
Credit must also go to Rusedski, who is insisting on great professionalism from all the 15 to 18-year-olds, that crucial development age bracket. He is giving something back to the sport and the nation that has treated him so well and, for that, he should be applauded.
Also over the weekend, Laura Robson qualified for the WTA event in Tokyo, achieving a career-high ranking of 141 and Northampton's Alex Ward won a first futures (third tier) title in Sweden.
Oh, and someone called Andrew Murray won in Thailand. A 19th title for him, they tell me. How refreshing that there are others under the GB flag who steal attention from the main man today.