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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

What's Wrong With British Tennis?

There's no question that tennis is a much more important feature of the sports landscape in Great Britain than it is in the United States and the dearth of homegrown talent there has been a major concern for a long, long time. Last week, the Guardian published this examination of the issue which tends to gravitate to the lack-of-hunger-and-drive theory, but explores many others.

Australia and the U.S. may be feeling the pain of tennis globalization, but it's way beyond that in Great Britain. This is hard to believe, but there is only one British woman in the WTA top 200; Canada and Luxembourg each have two, for goodness sake. There are all of four British men in the ATP top 200, but in Andy Murray they have a legitimate contender for the top 10; whether he'll spark any rush to tennis excellence remains to be seen.

The LTA has a new chief executive, Roger Draper, and he's shaking things up. This article gives the details of the firing of performance director David Felgate, who had only three years on the job.