LTA Drops Bombshell: Wimbledon WC To Go To Players That Can Win A Round Or Two
LTA chief makes wildcard warning
Draper succeeded John Crowther as LTA boss in April
British players will only get Wimbledon wildcards if they are likely to win at least one round, new British tennis chief Roger Draper has warned.
"We want winners, not losers," said Draper, who took over as the new chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association in April.
"We won't be handing out wildcards to players unless they have a chance of winning a round or two."
Draper is to discuss the issue with LTA stand-in performance boss Jeremy Bates.
Draper, who has already made waves by sacking performance director David Felgate last month, has pledged to further shake up tennis in the UK.
"I want to get some clarity as to the role of the LTA, decide what we are going to stop doing and find a team to drive British tennis forward," he said.
"We have to put tennis back at the heart of the game and forget the politics and spinning."
Draper will announce new measures on 12 July, which will be the 100th day after his appointment, and will unveil further changes in mid-November when he clocks up 200 days in charge.
Offering incentives to coaches, clubs and players remains a priority, he added.
"We are going to reward achievement not mediocrity. Too many coaches, for instance, sit in their own bubble and think they know it all. "We don't need gimmicks - we need good facilities and a good environment for the sport to grow."
It depends on their draw, anyway. What're they gunna do, fix the draw so the WC's have favorable paths to winning matches?
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Yeah, this guy wants British tennis to take off. I like his style. he will turn things around because right now it's better than what the British have.
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This ruling just reminds us that Wimbledon really is a special event in the middle of the tennis year. I do agree though that players should NOT just get a WC because they're from that country hosting the Slam.