I was told by a British player that girls simply aren't encouraged to play sports in Britain, and that's one of the main reasons they haven't been able to develop any top-flight players. On top of that, they say the British climate makes training difficult. And as others have pointed out, they feel the British Tennis Association doesn't do a very good job of identifying and supporting talent. Plus, as others have pointed out, the British press dwells on the negative. Case in point: A couple of years ago, Julie Pullin qualified for the Australian, won her first-round and lost her second-round after having match points. While disappointed, she was also thrilled with her best result ever. She was savaged in the press back home. Very demoralizing.