Friday, June 20, 2008

The state of English tennis

Andy MurrayScotsman Andy Murray isn’t English but the English will claim him and hold him close to their bosom with The Championships about to start. Now everything becomes British. British tennis, Britain’s top hope, Britain’s Andy Murray. England is forgotten and quite rightly, the top English player is ranked 260 and will be again a mere footnote once the grass season is over (it only lasts four weeks).

The biggest and most famous tennis tournament in the world is held at Wimbledon every year and makes truckloads of money. Most of this goes to the LTA who spends $50 million a year of it on developing British tennis. It is hard to see what they are getting for their money.

The 11th ranked Murray sees it differently. According to his book, timed to cash in with England’s seasonal tennis obsession, it is because the players aren’t willing to put in the effort. They are lazy and don’t train on weekends. He knows this because he does go to the gym on weekends and doesn’t see other players there. Quod erat demonstrandum.

Do you think there will be much pressure on Murray if he doesn’t win Wimbledon?

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