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Where is British Tennis going?

Well we all know this has been a problem for years and you have probably discussed it before, but where is our (I live in London) tennis going? Its as if Britain always seems to have a few good juniors, but very few reach the level they should be at.

I just had a look at the rankings and just 8, yes 8 Britains are in the top 400 of the ATP rankings. Its absolutely shocking. They are not even at challenger tour level. If you can reach that level you always have chances of getting to top 200 or so, but it seems the players get stuck in the futures events or lower.

Compare this to Italy who have 25 players or so in the top 400. of course Italy have a lot of challenger evnts and futures events on the circuit so it helps to bring layers to a certain level, even if we dont have a top 10 or 20 player (just 4 in top 100)

Britain now has Andy Murray to bring a bit of light, but you need 1 or 2 more people to take some pressure off him. We cant have Murray as the only Brit in the 3rd round of Wimbledon although it seems this will happen.

Is there any potential top 100 players coming through?

Bogdanovic is at 112... and he is just 23 still so he should be a top 100 player eventually. i think people put too much pressure on him as a youngster, but he seems to be fulfilling some of his potential now.

Goodall who will be 22 later this year is at 225. I like him, I saw him at Wimbledon before and he has some promise. Top 100 is still far, but he can push for it.

Baker 21 at 252... he also has promise

After this its difficult to see who will be coming through . GB has a lot of young players in the futures events but whether or not they can push for the top 100-200 is a different matter.

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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

Just had a look at Myles Blake, Miles Kasiri and James Ward all at their career high ATP rankings in the 650-750 range. All pretty young, if they can continue to win matches in these events maybe they can make a bigger push to try and reach challenger event level and as I said from there you gain more experience against better players and things can happen.

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Just had a look at Myles Blake, Miles Kasiri and James Ward all at their career high ATP rankings in the 650-750 range. All pretty young, if they can continue to win matches in these events maybe they can make a bigger push to try and reach challenger event level and as I said from there you gain more experience against better players and things can happen.
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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

I will probably agree, but even if they can get to challenger level its a good level. I have high hopes still for Goodall and Bogdanovic as top 100 players alongside Murray for a few years at least. Its not much to ask for, just 2 or 3 more players in the top 100 alongside Murray to make it a little bit more exciting.

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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

Boggo has a chance at top 100.

Really have my doubts about all the others.

The problem is the scouting, without a doubt Britain needs to stop looking at results and look more at potential.

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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

boogo is too much of a plank to reach the top 100
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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

It's going nowhere unless they let the young kids at school play.
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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

Jimnik it cant be the only reason. Britain has loads of good juniors over the years who dont even make it to the top 500... something is wrong in the turning process of junior to ATP tour. I blame it mostly on English coaches who talk crap, get a few more Peter Lundgren's in and British tennis will be fine. Bogdanovic is a much better overall player than he was the last time i saw him.

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Boggo and Baker won today and meet each other in round 2. Its good for both of them to win, but I also hate listening to this now British tennis is sorting itself out crap. Bogdanovic will be a top 100 player soon enough, but he wont be anything amazing, but it would be nice to see him in a few main tour draws. However we've seen this before at Queens, the Brits do alright here sometimes then all of a sudden British tennis is on the up and you dont hear of anyone again for another 12 months

Anyway good luck Boggo and Baker next match, for the Brits it would be better to see Boggo win as it would make him nearly top 100 if not top 100 already. Whoever wins will go out in round 3 to Roddick.

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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

we have no good players because they lack the drive to succeed at the top level
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and fans who slag them off.

funny actually I heard some of the British coaches slagging some guy they called Jazar off at Queens.

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and fans who slag them off.

funny actually I heard some of the British coaches slagging some guy they called Jazar off at Queens.
did you read the papers this week? this bloke called tim henman was slagging off all our players and he obviously knows fuck all about tennis.

its funny you heard that, cos no one calls me jazar
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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

Are there any juniors breaking through at all? Once Tim retires we will really struggle in Davis Cup. As much as some people dislike Andy he is the only one who has broken through recently with the right attitude and drive to make it to the top. Our other guys who are struggling lowly in the rankings will never achieve anything better than top 75 max i feel. It's really sad!
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Are there any juniors breaking through at all?
we have like 4 juniors in the top 100, but i don't really see them making it big
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Re: Where is British Tennis going?

must have been someone else called Jazar then. Did you think I meant you?

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