Backyard Tennis Affiliation chief authorities Scott Lloyd responds to Ed Warner’s commalest piece, revealed in yesterday’s Metropolis A.M., “Wimbledon An extreme quantity of of A great factor for LTA”. (Photograph by Clive Brunskill/Getty Pictures)
Backyard Tennis Affiliation chief authorities Scott Lloyd responds to Ed Warner’s commalest piece, revealed in yesterday’s Metropolis A.M., “Wimbledon An extreme quantity of of A great factor for LTA”.
It’s troublesome to know the place To start out with Ed Warner’s piece from yesterday when it incorporates inaccuracies and miscas quickly asptions.
He criticises the LTA’s Nationwide Tennis Centre in Roehampton, however he doesn’t recognise that It is now house teaching base for Britain’s elite gamers, and recently turned Definitely one of solely three venues On the earth to be awarded the ITF’s Gold Diploma standing in recognition of the Prime extreme quality of its amenities.
Mr Warner goes on To cite historic suggestions from 2015, the placeas simply yesterday British Primary Cameron Norrie said: “I really feel the LTA and the people round, everyone are actually good influencers of everyone.
It Is not any secret why There is An monumalestal group of youthful guys and womales coming by way of.” Jack Draper went further saying, “The LTA have carried out An unimaginable job of cultivating one factor greater in British tennis. A extra efficiency-based mostly strategy. And the Nationwide Tennis Centre is an unimaginable venue and the gamers love teaching there and the environment for the gamers is so Tons greater. I do know Individuals are quick to slag them off however I might be The primary to say they actually modified The biggest method British tennis is.” Although maybe Mr Warner is Aware of extra about efficiency tennis than these gamers?
All of us know That there is extra to be carried out in to get British tennis the place We now Want to be, However the particulars are these, Good Britain are The one nation On the earth Over the previous 10 years to have Grand Slam success at each males’s And womales’s singles, As properly as to males’s and mixed doubles.
There At the momalest are extra British gamers ranked Contained in the world’s Prime 160 (seven males, 5 womales) than there have been for Higher than 40 years. We’re furtherly massively Joyful with our wheelchair tennis gamers who embrace two of The very biggest 4 males On the earth.
On the leisure level, the numbers Of people having fun with tennis submit pandemic has been recovering steadily And actually month-to-month participation decides are at the extremeest ranges we have recorded. We now Even have extra youngsters having fun with tennis as quickly as a month than One other sport besides soccer.
Meanthe placeas pretty than sitting on our reserves (far Decrease than the decide of £171m quoted Which incorporates belongings Similar to a Outcome of the Nationwide Tennis Centre), we and our charity the LTA Tennis Basis, are investing in refurbishing park tennis courts throughout Britain, supporting and constructing indoor tennis centres and taking tennis into More and more extra schools.
In conclusion, the LTA is dedicated to bringing tennis to the widest potential viewers. Our imaginative and prescient is ‘tennis opened up’, a sport That is related, accessible, welcoming and nice. We nonetheless have An prolonged Method to go however Mr Warner’s view is each outdated and inaccurate.