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Tennis - Queen's Club London

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Tennis - Queen's Club London

The French Open Tennis starts today.  Hopefully it will be a good event and a prelude to Wimbledon which starts on 21st. June.  Got my tickets and can't wait Smiley
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Andy Murray has a difficult first round.  He plays Frenchman Richard Gasquet who he beat at Wimbledon 2 years ago.
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Aside from Murray. What is wrong with British tennis? with the amount of money pumped into it we seem to have failed to produce a half decent player for years. For many years of course Murray didn't see himself as British but insularly Scottish.
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Wimbledon each year makes a profit of £25-30m and it all goes into the LTA coffers for training.  What they do with it we can see only too well.  One of our biggest problems is lack of a strategy for identifying and training youngsters and a very distinct lack of high caliber coaches.
In addition to the Wimbledon money there are lots of other sources of monies going into the sport so money isn't the problem.  A few years ago Sweden had a total spend from all sources of around £8m but still managed to produce some world class players, albeit that they have not done so for a few years.
A point about Murray, his performance had nothing to do with English tennis.  He was sent to Spain to train as a youngster and trained alongside Nadal. When he showed his early ability the LTA took him under their wing and poured a fortune into him to try and get a British winner.  He's currently No4 in the world but not home grown.
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Our number 3 woman player went out in the first round yesterday.  Keothavong lost 6-2 6-2.
Murray is playing later today.
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Quote from: Petlew
Aside from Murray. What is wrong with British tennis? with the amount of money pumped into it we seem to have failed to produce a half decent player for years. For many years of course Murray didn't see himself as British but insularly Scottish.

To be fair, the media refer to him as Scottish whenever he loses, British when he wins.
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Quite right too Roll eyes
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Andy Murray got through his first round match this evening.  He was 2 sets down but came back to take the next 3 sets and the match.
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Another British disaster when our No.1 female player Helana Baltacha went out in her first round match.  She was the only female likely to progress further in the draw Embarrassed
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To be fair Elana did have to play the no. 8 seed; in fact all three British ladies had tough draws
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She's about 60th in the world rankings and that really says it all about womens tennis in this country Sad
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Believe me artmo I’m no fan of the LTA. Previous posters in this thread have (quite rightly) alluded to the vast amounts of money the LTA receive each and every year from Wimbledon and compared that with the ‘success’ they’ve had in producing world class men’s players. Despite Draper’s (yeah, I know he’s gone now) numerous five or ten year plans, the situation is actually getting worse!  The firstc table is the top 10 British men’s players current world rankings, the second is the top 10 from the same week last year; do you see any improvement?  Bogdanovic has gone up by about 40 places but he spends his career bouncing between 150 and 200 


4 Murray, Andy (GBR)

160 Bogdanovic, Alex (GBR)

257 Baker, Jamie (GBR)

306 Goodall, Joshua (GBR)

337 Evans, Daniel (GBR)

343 Smethurst, Daniel (GBR)

360 Ward, James (GBR)

410 Phillips, Morgan (GBR)

468 Eaton, Chris (GBR)

486 Rice, David (GBR)


3 Murray, Andy (GBR)

196 Bogdanovic, Alex (GBR)

217 Goodall, Joshua (GBR)

225 Ward, James (GBR)

316 Evans, Daniel (GBR)

319 Bloomfield, Richard (GBR)

342 Eaton, Chris (GBR)

379 Slabinsky, Alexander (GBR)

402 Marray, Jonathan (GBR)

497 Fleming, Colin (GBR)


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A good comparison that you've produced that speaks for itself.
You mention Draper and I feel his tenure at the LTA was of no real benefit to British tennis.  We seem to appoint people who come in with a 'New 5 year plan' and then disappear towards the end of the 5 years with no real improvement.
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Another British disaster when our No.1 female player Helana Baltacha went out in her first round match.  She was the only female likely to progress further in the draw Embarrassed

Elena is Ukrainian when she lose and British when she wins  Wink Thought she train at my club but wikipedia has her training and living in Enfield
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She is stated as living in London and Ipswich.  Is that  latter near you?