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tennis clubs in this country will never be the foundation for future success. Ask any foreign visitor to a club and the first thing they will remark on is the total domination of doubles which simply isn't the case abroad. If I was the LTA I would stop funding clubs and build new centres where the courts were marked out only for singles and all play was structured towards ratings matches.
The image of elitism in tennis belongs to the LTA & British tennis system; not the sport itself. Countries with good tennis systems that produce unlikely world-beaters have dispelled that.Too many tennis clubs in Britain operate in a garden party culture for the leisure & social gathering of middle aged, well-off people rather than grass-roots places 4 developing kids into world class players.
Absolutely agree with 165 - Tennis needs better coverage on 'Council Telly' rather than exclusively on SKY. I won't have it in my house so miss so much - Eurosport used to cover much of the ATP tour but now they seem to be exclusively the Women's game.Tennis needs mainstream exposure - there's only so much Murray can do...now sustain the interest and build on it !
Great success for Andy, however not due to the system we have in here. Tennis foundation, all play scheme and many more but no programme to keep talent in the game. Seen so many youngsters leaving the sport instead of continuing and enjoy playing. Politics and corruption will not give us another champion. Where are next players in ranking?
More people were on their bikes on Sunday than watched the tennis.Next weekend , the same, maybe more will be cycling and no one will be watching tennis ! Perspective people
Will Murray inspire? Walking my dog at the local park earlier I passed two young boys playing with a ball between some goalposts talking about which player they each were. How is that an inspiration you ask? They were neither talking about or playing football as you might have thought. They both had racquets and were hitting a tennis ball over the crossbar whilst each claimed to be Andy Murray.
In reply to SteveO, some clubs are like this as I know but they are too few and too far between. There's a much greater availability of cheap courts in France, Spain and Germany hence why they make up such a large proportion of the ATP top 300 ranked players. Too many clubs in the UK are private leisure facilities run to make a killing
@166 Sir Dion .. in reply to "..Why does inspiration have to get drawn along national boundaries?"Anybody can inspire anybody else, of course. However it seems natural that Murray's victory would better inspire those who can better relate to him and his roots ie people from the same town, country, or nation.Anyway, it is moot. The inspiration itself is what matters, not where it comes from.
Been playing tennis for years.. i was already inspired, but by nadal and federer, not murray. Although proud of murray's achievements. Why does inspiration have to get drawn along national boundaries?
The challenge for British tennis pales against the challenge for the BBC to provide a correspondent who actually cares about the sport ... No once a year halfwits like Inverdale, Richardson and David Bond
Give the snobs comment a rest. My kids have been playing every Saturday morning for over 2 years at an indoor arena for approx' £5 per week each. I play on a Wed night for less than £10 per week for 2 hours. I found out about it by looking on the internet & turning up. The venue supplies the racquets & balls too. The folk that run this couldn't make you more welcome.
Has anyone making statements about the negative attitude and snobbery of the LTA actually met a community development officer or talent officer? I just find it strange that my experience has been completely different. They are in the main ex-tennis players who are now working on very minimal wages to pass on their passion for the sport to others!
Yep, hopefully this will inspire a nation of kids to pester their parents to let them circumvent the sport's useless governing body and move to Spain in order to learn competitive tennis. This should be a lesson to the the LTA - tennis is great fun and kids love playing, but there is clearly something fundamentally wrong with the way the sport is run.
Simple answer no the sport is stil run by snobs for snobs. Surely the authorities must investigate where this money is spent and by who.
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