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This Davis Cup match is quite disturbing

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by RAF (U13830415) 20 September 2009
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Anyone feel the same? I find it very disturbing how little talent we have. We have Murray.......... and that's about it, on the men's side at least...

How and why are we not able to blood more English youngsters?

Dan Evans is getting slaughtered 6-2 6-1 and has know just been broken in the third set.

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posted Sep 21, 2009

I agree with those posters who say it's not worth Andy turning out for these matches until a team without him wins a tie.
On the wider issue I feel we will never consistently produce world class players until we have clay courts the length of the land. That surface develops reliable groundstrokes that are required for most of the professional surfaces used and improves stamina as the matches tend to be longer. I'm afraid until then we will get nowhere substantial. On the question of media exposure I think it is more simple - if kids see a free court they'll play on it usually - and clay has the advantage of all weather play.

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posted Sep 22, 2009

I think Henman and Rusedski's swansong year was a false dawn for British Davis Cup tennis. Sure, it gave us two great retirement victories and made Jamie Murray look like a star in the doubles, but once the next tie came against Argentina and Murray wasn't available they quickly got found out again (with the exception of Jamie Baker who, although it was a dead rubber, played well enough in the fifth tie to warrant another chance). Murray leaving is for the best for both parties, as he is obviously being held back. Likewise, the rest of the team will now really get the chance to step up and hopefully prove a few of us wrong.

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posted Sep 22, 2009

'And Draper told BBC Radio 5 live: "What we want Andy doing is putting his focus on winning Slams now.'

What WE want?! Ha ha ha! As if Draper has any say at all!

What I want is an explanation from Draper as to why our Davis Cup team is so terrible, even with the third best player in the world playing for us!!!

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posted Sep 22, 2009

Whatever happened to Chris Eaton? He was supposed to be one of the up-and-coming stars of the GB Tennis circuit but I've heard nothing about him since his Davis Cup debut.

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posted Sep 22, 2009

comment by chizzleface (U6404970)
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Whatever happened to Chris Eaton? He was supposed to be one of the up-and-coming stars of the GB Tennis circuit but I've heard nothing about him since his Davis Cup debut.
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i think he was injured for the tie against Poland, the intention wasnt to be Dan Evans in this tie im sure

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comment by Kubali (U13723610)

posted Sep 22, 2009

We need to send the losers in the British tennis system on a boot camp. Stop giving them cushy funding, make them slog it out on the satellite circuit and stop giving them wildcards to Wimbledon.

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posted Sep 22, 2009

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'And Draper told BBC Radio 5 live: "What we want Andy doing is putting his focus on winning Slams now.'

What WE want?! Ha ha ha! As if Draper has any say at all!

What I want is an explanation from Draper as to why our Davis Cup team is so terrible, even with the third best player in the world playing for us!!!


quoted by intellectual chav

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absolutely spot on

i heard the Draper interview on 5 live and Draper just spouted cr**. Jonathon Overand gave him a reasonably hard time but Draper just kept saying

its a 10 year plan
its a 10 year plan

we have had three years of his 10 year plan- maybe by then we will be in division 10 of the davis cup. maybe THAT is his 10 year plan

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posted Sep 22, 2009

Great news!
GB are officially a second rate tennis nation.
Now can we have tennis coverage and reporting in perspective please?
No more jingoistic nonsense around Wmbledon.
No more boring Murray minutiae.
Tennis is a minority sport of the worst kind. Tennis clubs are snobby, elitist, exclusive and obviously useless at promoting genuine talent. They belong in a different era. Until tennis draws from a pool of hopefuls from all classes and strata of society we should force the yahs to hang their heads in shame. The so-called elite have proven themselves to be failures in yet another venture, let them shut up for a while.

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comment by Dave (U7038664)

posted Sep 23, 2009

What a pathetic performance from Britain's Davis Cup team other than Murray. We now have the humiliation of playing in the Davis Cup, third tier of world tennis.

It is a complete national disgrace that these are the best players available to our great tennis country, who created the sport & the only country to have played in all the Davis Cup matches. We also are host to the best Grand Slam, Wimbledon, which rakes in millions to the sport. We should not blame Messrs Evans & Hutchins, I am sure they did their best, they just weren't good enough. Apparently the LTA had the services offered of one of our best Davis Cup players Greg Rusedski, but decided he hadn't enough match play. He has been playing regularly & would have run rings round the Polish pair (this was a critical match). Which I would have thought is an indictment of the LTA, who haven't developed the men's tennis talent in this country to any acceptable level, considering the lavish multi million pound facilities at Roehampton & fantastic salaries paid to their executives & coaches.

In August 2006 the LTA Chief Executive Mr Draper (who refused an interview after the match) clearly stated: "I believe that success in the Davis Cup should be one of our key objectives for tennis in Britain". Well Mr Draper this has definitely not been achieved. This LTA failure has been going on for too long now, not had a men's Wimbledon or Grand Slam champion since well before WW2, only one men's player in top 100 (& he wasn't coached by the LTA, done privately in Spain), they couldn't recognise real talent?), need we go on.

The long suffering supporters & country deserve much better, time British Tennis or someone made some major root changes in the LTA.

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