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The attitude of the British Tennis Establishment

A member of my forum posted an interesting article about a speech that was done by the Director of the Stella Artois Championships here in London. http://www.svetlanakuznetsovafans.in...p?showtopic=21

Apparently he believes only privilidged young people should be given the opportunity to play Tennis and get to the highest level simply because they would be more intelligent (through the privilege of a first class education) and therefore would be able to win more matches through their brain power.

This is a story that seems to have gone unnoticed almost when it should be a big story about why we never produce anyone over here of any note if attitudes like that continue.

Just wondered what your thoughts are on it?
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Reading that, I am glad Murray showed such contempt for the English. With attitudes like that of the Queens Club director, the English dont deserve any success on the world stage.
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Didnít stop Jennifer Capriati

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Re: The attitude of the British Tennis Establishment

Jebbifer Capriati
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She won, like, 3 Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic gold and was world #1, and shit, you know!?

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She won, like, 3 Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic gold and was world #1, and shit, you know!?
What are you saying exatctly? Are you saying she won despite the establishment in America?

Did you read the article?
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the attitude of so many people regarding tennis in britain is soo shocking. you could talk about the problems all day.

in a way you have to be middle/upper class to get far, as coaching is expensive, especially at the top level. academies around the country are rejecting talented players who arent able to afford entry into the academy, in favour of quite frankly shit players, who have no potential and whose parents have shitloads of money. this means that players from less well off backgrounds are ignored. its just ridiculous.

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Apparently he believes only privilidged young people should be given the opportunity to play Tennis and get to the highest level simply because they would be more intelligent (through the privilege of a first class education) and therefore would be able to win more matches through their brain power.
The problem there is that all you need to get an education at 'the highest levels' is parents with money. George Bush went to Yale. I rest my case.

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It may also be worth remembering that Britain's last Wimbledon champion, Fred Perry 70 years ago,
I bet this drives Virgina Wade, nuts.
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Education has nothing to do with how well you'll do in tennis

Drive and a need to win is the important thing. Frankly i think the opposite to him is ture. People from less well off backgrounds who maybe didn't do so well in school would be best as they strive to make something of their lives.

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I've seen plenty of evidence that Tim Henman was middle class and priviliged but never much evidence that his tennis was better off because of it.

As I see it, the British tennis establishment's biggest problem is inspiring young people to be tennis players.

Not really that surprising thought given that this country only pays proper attention to the sport for two weeks in the year.
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Re: The attitude of the British Tennis Establishment

Jon Henderson, the guy who wrote the article in The Observer newspaper, has given me the contact number of Ian Wight at the Queens Club. I contacted Jon today. Do you think its worth contacting Ian Wight and registering what people's thoughts are? I could always send him an email with links to the forums. What do you think?
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i think ian is pretty old, so he probably wont really care

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Re: The attitude of the British Tennis Establishment

Ok brainbox, didn't stop Jennifer Capriati from doing what? What has she got to do with the British establishment attitude? Cut to the chase.
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