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TheBoiledEgg
Nov 30th, 2006, 06:36 PM
Tim Henman's coach Paul Annacone is one of a number of high-profile recruits joining the Lawn Tennis Association's bid to revive the British game.

He will spend 20 weeks of the year supporting new head of men's tennis, former Davis Cup captain Paul Hutchins.
Belgian Carl Maes, who has coached Kim Clijsters, is the new women's tennis chief, working alongside Nigel Sears.
The LTA announced a total of seven appointments on Thursday as part of its new 'Tennis Leadership Team'. Hutchins gets the key position but can call on Americans Annacone and Brad Gilbert to "create a new 'winning' culture both with our players and coaches".


Gilbert was taken on by the LTA in July to work with British number one Andy Murray, as well as "other projects".
Peter Lundgren, who has worked with Roger Federer and Marat Safin, then joined the Great Britain team as Davis Cup coach last month before LTA chief executive Roger Draper unveiled a blueprint for the future of British tennis.
The new line-up is the result of what the LTA called "an extensive worldwide search" for new coaches. "We asked for 'world-class' and that is what we have. The real job starts now for the team," said Draper.


Annacone had been in contention for the position of head of men's tennis, but was unable to take it due to family commitments.
"We would have loved Paul to live here full-time, but we have the best of both worlds," said Draper.
"We didn't want him to be sat behind a desk looking at structures; we wanted him out on the court doing what he does best."
And Draper denied that it was a backward step to appoint Hutchins, who was heavily involved with the LTA until 1987.
"I don't think it is," Draper told Five Live.
"A big part of Paul Hutchins' role is to get the system and the organisation in place and make sure the investments are going in the right areas."

Maes has arguably the toughest job in tackling the desperate situation in women's tennis - the highest ranked British woman is Anne Keothavong at number 144.
"Carl is one of the most experienced and respected women's coaches in the world," said an LTA statement.

Maes will be supported by head coach Sears, a former coach to top players Daniela Hantuchova, Amanda Coetzer and Barbara Schett.
Henman said the appointment of his part-time coach Annacone made perfect sense.
"He's not one of these guys that needs to raise his voice to make a point," Henman told his own website.
"But he has a tremendous knowledge of the game, and working with him has been a very enjoyable experience so far.
"I think appointing him is a positive move by the LTA. "Our relationship has been nice and flexible. I haven't wanted a full-time coach, and he hasn't wanted to travel all the time because of his family - so it's worked well, and I expect it to continue next year."

Europe rocks
Nov 30th, 2006, 08:25 PM
About time that the LTA started to do something :o Hopefully the team will be able to get our girls up in the rankings :)

Monica_Rules
Nov 30th, 2006, 08:40 PM
These were the expected two to take over. It can only help to improve the womens game here.

Apart from Andy Murray i can't see the mens game outshining the womens game here for long. Once Greg and Tim retire the strengh will be the womens game once we get one or two in the top 100 more will follow. Its breaking that duck and getting one in their is whats needed.

In 12 months time i expect we will have 8 players top 200 and 1/2 will surely be top 100.

Wintermute
Dec 1st, 2006, 10:56 AM
The measure of success for Maes and Sears will be how quickly they can get a British player into the Top 100 and then whether they can keep her there. Given the money the LTA is splashing out it would be a disaster if this didn't happen very soon.

It obviously helps to have Keothavong and Baltacha both fully fit. Whichever one breaks Top 100 first will spur the other one to catch up. Hopefully it will inspire the other Brits to follow.

Fedcup
Dec 1st, 2006, 04:01 PM
Also "Steven Martens" will join LTA.

In Belgium he's seen as the man behind the succes of our tennis-players.
He has built the infrastructure to search and help young talentful players to find their way to the top of tennis.

It was more of a schock here in Belgium that he's leaving too. Bad for belgian tennis.

King Aaron
Dec 1st, 2006, 04:09 PM
I guess this mean Nigel Sears isn't working with Maria Kirilenko anymore?

controlfreak
Dec 1st, 2006, 04:47 PM
I guess this is part of the LTA's new plan; next they are going to sign Richard Williams, Carlos Rodriguez, Melanie Molitor, Mommy Vera, Jens Whatsisname, Rainer Hofmann, Robert Lansdorp, Yuri Bananapova etc, and watch as the rest of women's tennis turns to shit without any coaches. Then the British girls will finally be able to compete with the rest.

jazar
Dec 1st, 2006, 08:09 PM
what do all these high profile coaches bring? employing them is just going to make it look worse when our players fail

Europe rocks
Dec 1st, 2006, 08:25 PM
I guess this is part of the LTA's new plan; next they are going to sign Richard Williams, Carlos Rodriguez, Melanie Molitor, Mommy Vera, Jens Whatsisname, Rainer Hofmann, Robert Lansdorp, Yuri Bananapova etc, and watch as the rest of women's tennis turns to shit without any coaches. Then the British girls will finally be able to compete with the rest.

Good on the LTA then :p Hopefully with Maes and Sears our girls can improve and if they don't it just shows that our girls do not have the talent. If Maes and Sears could get girls into the top 10 then surely they could do that for Britain.

pierce0415
Dec 1st, 2006, 08:42 PM
I guess this is part of the LTA's new plan; next they are going to sign Richard Williams, Carlos Rodriguez, Melanie Molitor, Mommy Vera, Jens Whatsisname, Rainer Hofmann, Robert Lansdorp, Yuri Bananapova etc, and watch as the rest of women's tennis turns to shit without any coaches. Then the British girls will finally be able to compete with the rest.

um do you think Richard Williams, Mommy Vera, Rainer Hofmann and Yuri Bananapova are actually going to help British tennis :lol:

Ben.
Dec 1st, 2006, 09:58 PM
I didn't expect Carl Maes 2 be a part of this initiative & i'm not surprised that Sears is taking a part of this. Poor Belgian tennis, what r they gonna do without Maes. Maybe once Kim retires maybe she could coach some young Belgian talent a few years down the track.

esdee
Dec 1st, 2006, 11:08 PM
But have the LTA got rid off Jeremy Bates yet?