View Full Version : David Felgate is new tennis boss

Mar 5th, 2003, 10:35 PM
Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate has been confirmed as the Lawn Tennis Association's new performance director. Felgate succeeds Patrice Hagelauer who resigned in December after four years in the post.

Felgate was Henman's coach for almost 10 years and his candidature was strengthened when the British number one named the 39-year-old as his preferred choice. After splitting with Henman in 2001, having steered him to two Wimbledon semi-finals, Felgate briefly worked with Xavier Malisse before taking up a job with management company IMG.

Felgate said: "I am very excited to have this opportunity in what I consider to be one of the top jobs in world tennis, not just in Britain. I believe that Patrice has implemented some lasting reforms, but of course I will have my own ideas on how we get the best out of our national training department and the players themselves."

Felgate is acutely aware of the need for Britain to produce more world class players and said: "We have failed to capitalise on the good junior performances by taking them into the senior ranks."

He hopes to get Henman and Greg Rusedski more involved, but pointed out: "It isn't just about Tim or Greg winning Wimbledon. It's about producing players on a regular basis."

Mar 6th, 2003, 04:02 AM
Thanx Seles for the article!

Mar 8th, 2003, 04:19 PM
not sure what to make of him as i don't know if he is or isn't suited for this job.

I hope he can do something but british tennis is on the up on the womens side at the moment!

Mar 8th, 2003, 06:22 PM
he a big YES man.

Nothing big is gonna happen like he says, if LTA say no won't stand up to them.

He only got teh job coz Tim said he wanted him, LTA will do anything to keep Tim sweet. He's all they've got.

Mar 10th, 2003, 08:58 AM
good luck to david but does he have any experience working with gb girls and why is it always a man who gets the job!!!!!
i know that mens tennis in england is at rock bottom so hopefully he can improve this .
womans tennis has improved the last couple of years but it still need a lot of support and training to push some one into the top 100
russia spain and usa can churn out players into the top 100.
i know that jo dury and alan have helped the young talented players to win satalite tourniments
maybe it should have been jo that got the job !!!!!!
i just hope that david will put as much time and effort into the womans game as he will in the mens