As for her coaching big name coaches travelling full time ain't cheap. What's the LTA funding for Laura type players like?
It's hard to know at this time. Six or seven years ago, when Roger Draper was appointed director, the LTA started throwing money around like water. They decided that our failure to produce good juniors or juniors who could make the move to the pro ranks was the product of bad coaching. Draper's "cure" was to hire elite international coaches who would supposedly turn our no-hopers into stars. The likes of Peter Lundgren, Paul Annacone and Carl Maes were all hired at god-knows-what cost. The most relevant hire was Brad Gilbert who was specifically assigned to be the coach of our one promising world class player: Andy Murray. As far as I know, the LTA funded every last penny of Gilbert's salary. The problem was that Murray and Gilbert did not hit it off at all, and Murray fired him in late 2007 when Gilbert still had several months of his contract with the LTA to run. The absurd result was that Gilbert spent the remainder of his contract on the Challenger Circuit coaching Alex Bogdanovic (BOGGO_THE_GOAT!)
to absolutely no purpose. Meanwhile, Lundgren (former coach to Federer and Safin) was similarly wasting his time trying to make a decent player out of Josh Goodall. (If you've ever seen Goodall play, you'll know that his technique is horrible.) Perhaps understandably, Lundgren's way of coping was to drink himself to oblivion for which he was given the boot. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6242902.stm
Annacone and Maes left quietly soon after, and that was the end of the 'Super Coach' experiment at the LTA. A huge amount of money had been spent to very little result.
Draper has gone now and in keeping with the current climate of austerity, the LTA has instead been encouraging local coaching talent. The virtually unknown Leon Smith - who coached Murray as a kid - has done terrifically well as Davis Cup captain.
Whether the LTA would be prepared to make an exception for Laura and make a major contribution to her coaching fees if she was to try to land a 'big name' like Hogstedt is an interesting question. It certainly goes against their current trend: they've cut funding for a lot of players.