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Talula
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:44 AM
Elena was on the BBC being interviewed with a rep from the LTA this morning. They were discussing the future of British tennis and how to make it more popular - cough cough!!

First the good news. Elena looked hot, hot, hot. She scrubs up really well. I was, wow, you're looking good! Elena said she is much better after her op on her back a few weeks ago, and looking forward to coming back. Bad news is she has to wait until January.

But good to see her looking so well and still aiming to get back to the court. :wavey:

-sugi-
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:46 AM
Elena :yeah:

Farina Elia Fan
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:59 AM
thanks

Wintermute
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:02 AM
I saw this. The point of the segment was that apparently the number of people in the UK playing tennis has dropped significantly over the last ten years. Elena and the lady from the LTA were being asked why they thought more people weren't taking up the sport.

I have to say they didn't put up a particularly convincing argument. They were saying tennis is an expensive sport because you need to join a club, buy equipment and get coaching which can put people off. However, they then said that lots of young people are taking up golf instead. And golf isn't expensive? :confused: I don't play it but my impression is that golf clubs are more expensive and elitist than most tennis clubs. What about buying golf clubs?!

The interviewer also said "Britain has more public courts than anywhere else in Europe, so why is no-one using them?" I can't believe Elena and the LTA lady didn't even try to answer this. Maybe they've never tried using them. Firstly, most public courts in the UK are in such a state of disrepair that it's almost impossible to get a good game of tennis on them. Secondly, they're all outdoors and the weather here sucks so 3/4 of the year they are unusable anyway.

It gets me riled up. Wimbledon fortnight is the only two weeks of the year when people in this country even acknowledge that tennis exists so it's a shame that when people are asked these questions on TV they aren't able to make a more cogent argument.

Gunter
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:06 AM
I am going to miss Elena at Wimbledon :(
Whe were only able to see her once a year and now she miss it :(
Get well soon

:inlove:
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:07 AM
thanks for that. :)

Did anyone see Navratilova on Jonathan Ross? :yawn: :p

deep bass
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:11 AM
I agree Wintermute.

auntie janie
Jun 24th, 2006, 12:58 PM
I'm just glad to hear Elena's operation was a success, whew! Hope she comes back strong; this kid has been through way too much. :hug:

Talula
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:23 PM
I saw this. The point of the segment was that apparently the number of people in the UK playing tennis has dropped significantly over the last ten years. Elena and the lady from the LTA were being asked why they thought more people weren't taking up the sport.

I have to say they didn't put up a particularly convincing argument. They were saying tennis is an expensive sport because you need to join a club, buy equipment and get coaching which can put people off. However, they then said that lots of young people are taking up golf instead. And golf isn't expensive? :confused: I don't play it but my impression is that golf clubs are more expensive and elitist than most tennis clubs. What about buying golf clubs?!

The interviewer also said "Britain has more public courts than anywhere else in Europe, so why is no-one using them?" I can't believe Elena and the LTA lady didn't even try to answer this. Maybe they've never tried using them. Firstly, most public courts in the UK are in such a state of disrepair that it's almost impossible to get a good game of tennis on them. Secondly, they're all outdoors and the weather here sucks so 3/4 of the year they are unusable anyway.

It gets me riled up. Wimbledon fortnight is the only two weeks of the year when people in this country even acknowledge that tennis exists so it's a shame that when people are asked these questions on TV they aren't able to make a more cogent argument.

I agree. No one in the LTA really seems to be coming up with any answers.

Someone should set up a thread on ideas to make tennis popular as a sport in the UK - and then send all the ideas to the LTA!