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Boris Becker calls for wild-card rethink

Becker takes aim at woeful Brits

Becker believes there are too many mediocre players in Britain


Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker says the Lawn Tennis Association should stop handing out wildcards to underachieving British players.

Britain had a disappointing Wimbledon this year with no singles player managing to make the fifth day.
And Becker told Five Live's Sportsweek: "Wildcards are given to people in their early 20s. That is the wrong signal.
"If a 22-year-old needs a wildcard all the time then maybe the player is not good enough to be a professional."
The German added: "The ones that get the wildcards are in their early 20s and that's when you are supposed to have made it already as a professional.
"If you are not in the top 150 in the world by the time you are 23 or 24 then maybe you should look for another job."
Tim Henman and Lee Childs, who made it through qualifying, were the only Britons not to require wildcards into the main draw, although Andy Murray would have been there too had he not been forced to withdraw before the tournament started because of injury.
Henman eventually lost in round two to Feliciano Lopez, and, like Becker, has criticised his countrymen and women who continue to underperform.
"Wildcards are a fantastic opportunity, but if you're any good you don't need wildcards," said the British number two.
"The players get very short-sighted around March, April time, positioning themselves to get these opportunities."
With just two British players in the world's top 100 - Henman and Murray - LTA chief executive Roger Draper has introduced a host of reforms in a bid to improve performances.
The LTA has built a new £39m National Tennis Centre in Roehampton as well as appointing high-profile coaches such as Brad Gilbert, Paul Annacone, Peter Lundgren and Carl Maes.
But Becker, who won Wimbledon in 1985, 1986 and 1989, believes the key is to get more youngsters playing the game.
"I can only judge it from the outside and what strikes me is that there are no good British teenagers participating in tournaments," he said.
"You are judged by results and the LTA know what they have to do.
"They are making changes and appointing top coaches but it is about getting as many British youngsters involved as possible.
"The more players aged 12,14 and 16 years old you have, the higher the chances of finding the one or two players that could win the Wimbledon title."

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/6258356.stm
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This is not news.

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Amen, he's completely right. A bunch of middle aged (in tennis terms) wasters who'll never achieve anything in tennis. Get rid of it!
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I agree.

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Its been said plenty of times, but its funny that it takes someone of Becker's status to make it news.

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Yeah, it has been said before.

I might be British, but even I agree. Our players don't have to work to get a spot in Wimbledon and that's just wrong. They should definitely re-think their system.

I mean, a player like Mahut had to qualify and players like Bloomfield and Marray got in without it. It's not right.
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Yeah, it has been said before.

I might be British, but even I agree. Our players don't have to work to get a spot in Wimbledon and that's just wrong. They should definitely re-think their system.

I mean, a player like Mahut had to qualify and players like Bloomfield and Marray got in without it. It's not right.

Completely agree. I'm actually still annoyed about Mahut having to qualify. Ridiculous.

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everyone knows our players are shitty wastes of time. none of them deserve wildcards. mahut should have got a wilcard instead of some journeyman like jonny marray
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henman had to make it through qualifying? no...

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Completely agree. I'm actually still annoyed about Mahut having to qualify. Ridiculous.
And here's another one. Mahut definitely earned one of those WC those useless Brits got.

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is this a british problem? australia does is this way, america does it and so does france. thing is: america's got enough guys who can compete. if they didn't, they'd do the exact same thing that great britain does these days.
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Well, at least the few Brits that get invited know how to play on the green stuff.

Mahut wouldn't help Becker's case really, he's not a youngster anymore.

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Becker is right. A tennis player who is 23-34 or older, is not exactly a young and promising player. Wild cards should only be given to young talented players and to players who are coming back after an injury or illness. I have nothing against players who never reach the top of the rankings and mostly play challengers, but it just a waste to give them wild cards.

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