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Smile 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."
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I guess if the LTA is true to their word, maybe 1 or 2 British players will get WC
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Umm don't you remember a few years ago (I think one of the years Serena won), when all but one of the Brits got to R2?
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Wow, he can see into the future? Who's to say who will win on any day?

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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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post #7 of 68 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2006, 09:25 PM
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With Bally out that means only Anne would get a WC based on this.

Who would they give the other 7 to then.

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I think this year they should limit the WC's to no more than 6 maybe even only 4 so the competition is even better.

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He might turns things around.
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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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I am not in favour of useless British wildcards who are going lose in R1 or q1, but how is he going to improve British tennis by taking opportunities away from the players who could benefit?
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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.
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I agree with this guy. Sometimes you have to raise the bar. If it means shaking up the old institution a little then so be it.

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I agree with the thoought behind it, but it would mean giving less WCs to British players until they actually deserve them, which could be a tough pill to swallow.

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So, that means the WCs will start going to foreigners?

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I really hope Jelena Dokic asks for one.
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