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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2003, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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British National Championships Abolished

Sorry if this has already been posted; havent seen it anywhere...as a Brit I find it incredibly sad that we will no longer have a national champion. Even if the title meant little in terms of world tennis, it meant a lot to those who managed to achieve it fro the many hundreds entered.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/3007991.stm

The British National Tennis Championships are being scrapped with immediate effect.

The tournament, of which Tim Henman, Jeremy Bates and Jo Durie are all former winners, will not happen again in the forseeable future.

Governing body the Lawn Tennis Association has taken the decision because it wants to focus more on international tournaments with the availability of world ranking points for its players.

This fits in with the policy of new performance director David Felgate, who does not want the media constantly talking about good young prospects.

The 2002 National Championships had two teenage champions, Alex Bogdanovic and Anne Keothavong. They won £5,000 each in prize money but no ranking points.

Felgate's philosphy is that players, especially young players, should earn the right to play in big events, win prize money and therefore attract publicity.

But, more pressingly, the event is no longer sustainable commercially.

The last time the BBC TV cameras rolled was in 1999 when highlights were shown of Jamie Delgado against Barry Cowan.

The public was disinterested, with Henman not appearing in recent years, and last year's finals were watched by tiny crowds despite claims it was a sell-out.

There were locker-room mutterings about the way the event was staged and presented post-Henman.

Some players believe the decision is a defeatist admission that British tennis is not particularly good.

But the embarrassing reality for the sport appears to be that after 19 years, British tennis can no longer sustain a National Championships.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2003, 07:57 PM
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its rediculous that Britain has such crappy players
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2003, 08:14 PM
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Tim's ranking will probably bomb
after Wimbledon...........
another blow to British Tennis Association..

look at other countries who hold Slams,
US no doubt has it easy with Williams,
and has a bunch of tournaments,
then in Astralia, they even have
their own circuit.........
i dont know about France,
but after US and Russia, they have
the most players in TOP 100, with 8 players,
4 younger than 20, their tennis association
cant be doing too badly in that,

so hoping Britain can get some talents now,
or it's gonna be downhill from now on
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The thing is if our players were good, they would be too busy doing 'real' events, and cos most of our players are not worth the time of day, no one in their right mind wants to see this tournament, when they can watch good matches at Wimby, Queens, B'M'H, Nottingham and Eastborne.

This was inevitable.

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Hopefully they will get rid of that US vs UK cup thing as well, we get thrashed every year, its just pointless.

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About time?

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Originally Posted by dava_russianrule
Hopefully they will get rid of that US vs UK cup thing as well, we get thrashed every year, its just pointless.
If you're talking about the 'Wightman Cup', it's been defunct since 1989.
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but isnt their a huge tennis academy in england like in France, and the Us, and Australia?????

Why do all the players suck?

It just doesnt make sense for such a rich country
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