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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

"It's Madness" - Andy Murray Slams Tennis Chiefs

Andy Murray has claimed it is “madness” that British tennis has not exploited his success to inspire the next generation of champions.


MySportDab report the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years could have played his last match after losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets.


But the Scot believes the Lawn Tennis Association has missed a prime chance to promote the sport.


“Does it annoy me? Yeah,” said Murray.


“Maybe it’s something I should have given more thought to while I was playing, but I never felt that was my job to do that.


“It is a little bit disappointing.


“I don’t understand how in the last eight to 10 years that participation is dropping, I don’t get it.”


Murray and his family have been constant critics of the LTA and the former world No.1 said he will be leaving tennis without his golden years being maximised to fund stars of the future.


He said: “We’ve obviously got a few players here, Kyle Edmund, Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Harriet Dart, Jo Konta, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter. So there are quite a few players coming through that have potential to go on and do better but obviously you are talking about the high-end of the game.


“But I think the thing that is more concerning, from my understanding, is that participation is dropping.


“I know in Scotland that there have not been many indoor courts built inthe last 10 years. That seems madness. I don’t understand why that is.


“You need to get kids playing, you need to have the facilities that allow them to do that and I am not sure Britain has really capitalised on the last seven or eight years of success that we’ve had really.


“I’m not sure how much we’ve done there.”


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