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May 7th, 2003, 04:09 PM

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

May 7th, 2003, 04:10 PM
good decision too :)
now i hope they change that week into a Bolton $25k or a $50k would be even better :)

May 7th, 2003, 05:06 PM
yep, i agree! :)

I went a few times in Telford, and it was a big event then, with tim and greg both playing, and there was big talk about Julie Pullin then ( ;) ), but now, we need to get our players rankings up first and foremost, and the only way they can do that is by playing more tournies!

Big up to Victoria Davies for her performance a few years back! ;)

May 7th, 2003, 07:19 PM
i think its a shame. Its a really nice evnt, adn the players like it. Its reall ythe only time they are all together. And it gives a chance for some older players to get back on court: Jo Ward, Kate Warne-Holland etc..

Eggy's reaction is abit pathetic, every other country has them and you don't think their useless. You justb want a 50k so u can go watch.

May 7th, 2003, 07:20 PM
and LTA wont make it into an event. They are uctting costs at all levels. Why do you think half a dozen events ahve been either dropped or downgarded this year? They are hardly gonan put in a new one, especially a 50k.

May 8th, 2003, 07:18 PM
Well if a new event isn't put in what was the point of getting rid of it?For ranking points but from where?

May 11th, 2003, 01:57 AM
To be honest it's been losing its meaning for a while when Tim and Greg stopped playing in it.

The LTA for once have made a decent decision.