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Is this the future of British tennis?

by Sarah (U4358239) 24 September 2007
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"Two of Britain's top juniors have been suspended for "unprofessional behaviour" and "lack of discipline".
BBC Sport understands David Rice, the second-best British junior, and Naomi Broady, the national Under-18 champion, have had their funding withdrawn."

I do despair about the state of British tennis if the actions of the above two players amongst others is the norm. Andy Murray has commented that in his earlier days whilst abroad he did get upto mischief but now he doesn't. I wonder how many of the other juniors get up to this kind of thing. Where's the dedication, the will to win etc. People can slag off Henman all they like but we'll miss his professionalism. I hope that the withdrawl of funding to Rice and Broady acts as a wake up call to the other youngsters who were warned about their conduct.

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posted Sep 26, 2007

Nitebot, you're right mate. I agree with what they've done but I wouldn't like to be in their shoes at the minute... It's not fair the publicity theyve got. Btw, my other view still stands! :)

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comment by gary (U9694283)

posted Sep 28, 2007

Whether it was written in their contract or not that they should act professionally, if they were really committed to getting to the top, they simply wouldn't put such a high emphasis on nights out. It simply underlines that they are not motivated enough and I agree with the LTA's actions to stop their funding. It should go to players who are dedicated to maximising their talent and their potential.

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posted Sep 28, 2007

Without necessarily disagreeing with you maaverick, does your opinion still hold if the players that get the funding and who are dedicated to maximising their talent still perform less well than the two tearaways?

Is money spent on someone who will plainly only ever make the world 300 well spent?

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posted Sep 28, 2007

I think the way the LTA has dealt with this matter is absolutely appalling. These are 2 young talented youngsters who perhaps have slightly lost sight of there goals, so what do the LTA go and do, name and shame. Who’s ever decision it was to release this to the press should be ashamed. Yes, they have made mistakes and yes they should be punished but to be dragged through the national press is inexcusable. Remember these are young teenagers that are going slip up like we all did at that age, I just think the whole situation has been dealt with wrong way and I just hope it doesn’t effect these two young athletes long term.

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posted Oct 7, 2007

Basic principles of our society;
1. innocent until proved guilty.
2. foregiveness/redemption.
If behaviour is persistent and shows no signs of learning, fine, otherwise find out exactly what they have done and if they are likely to learn from it and change.
In order words, be sensible and professional on both sides of the net.

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posted Oct 14, 2007

There must be many talented youngsters that out there that would give anything to be Broady and Rice's positition being funded by the LTA. Not necessarily less talented either, Neither Murray nor Henman came through the LTA system, don't forget. The net that the LTA cast is somewhat limited at present.
Sacrifices, such as the teenages normality, comes with the territory if you wish to become a top athlete. If you are not prepared to make these sacrifices, make way for those that are - simple.

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comment by gary (U9694283)

posted Oct 14, 2007

King of the Biscuits (great name, by the way), I'm afraid to say my view still holds, simply because I believe it would be far fairer to give the money and the chances to players who are willing to try, however their potential appears to limit them, be it top 300 or Challenger journeyman, rather than a player who is talented but will not put in the work. Success is much more than just talent alone, it requires dedication and commitment, citing Federer as the major example.

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posted Oct 16, 2007

But pizza and alcohol once in a while will not damage them. We don't even know if they ate the pizza from the boxes that featured in the pic with the caption "fatty". Did the person look fat?

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posted Jan 20, 2008

Now another one has been sent home in disgrace. You lot need to control your kids.

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posted Jan 22, 2008

Nah, when all the oil and food run out we're gonna need all the feral kids we can lay our hands on. The French won't stand a chance. :-)

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