I agree with Andy and I am glad we now have someone who speaks out about it. It's long overdue that someone high profile spoke out about the LTA. I know Andy is focusing on his own brother's time at the LTA, but when you think about the amount of money the LTA gets from Wimbledon every year it is an absolute joke that the 3 highest profile male players of the last ten years in Britain had not much to do with the LTA when developing. No woman player in the top 100 in a long time. Their record is inexcusable but no one ever seems to give them much criticism. Tim Henman never criticises their record (probably because he has close ties with David Felgate), but it's about time someone did. It's also about time the LTA woke up and implemented the same coaching systems countries like Russia and Spain have. They seem to have no problem in producing a conveyer belt of players. And the weather is no excuse. The LTA has a huge indoor facility as it's base where all the top coaches are meant to be, so why has no one decent ever come out of it?
MURRAY BLASTS LTA
Andy Murray has accused the Lawn Tennis Association of hampering the development of older brother Jamie's tennis career.
The world number 65, still just 18, guided Scotland to victory over England in the inaugural Aberdeen Cup at the weekend.
He teamed up with brother Jamie for a doubles win over England's Greg Rusedski and David Sherwood on Sunday.
There were aspects of 19-year-old Jamie's game which suggested he has the potential to follow his brother a good way up the senior men's rankings.
But he is 15 months older than Andy and despite reaching the doubles semi-finals of the junior US Open with his brother in 2004, he has not made the same advances as his younger sibling since.
Jamie is currently at a career-high of 896th in the world.
"My brother is very talented," said Andy Murray.
"He was number two in the world when he was around the age of 13 and then he went down to an LTA school in Cambridge and they ruined him for a few years. It was their fault.
"But I really want him to come back and do well because he is a good guy and he works very hard.
"He wants to be a tennis player and I think he has shown he has the talent."
None of the current top three British players - Tim Henman, Rusedski and Murray - came through the recognised LTA coaching ranks as youngsters.
Rusedski grew up in Canada and moved to Britain as a ready-made top-50 professional, while Henman also developed largely outside typical LTA coaching structures. The younger Murray spent the formative stages of his career learning the ropes in Spain, albeit with the aid of LTA financial support.
Former world number four Rusedski was more diplomatic about the standard of the UK's coaching infrastructure, but he too sees problems which need to be addressed.
Rusedski said: "Things are getting better but there is still a lot of room for improvement, that's for sure.
"But it is also about finding those kids who have something different and finding parents who are really involved with the kids.
"Judy (Murray) is very involved with Andy's tennis and he is quite a fighter and a character. He is not your average young person.
"As he said the other day, he hates to lose at anything as it is life or death for him, so to speak.
"I think with myself, Tim and Andy it is the same sort of mentality, even though we show it in three different ways.
"It is about finding the kids that are like that from a young age and whether they are in or out of the system, trying to find a way to develop them.
"There has to be a way to work it so hopefully things can get better, in fact they are getting better but there is still room for improvement."
The LTA reacted to Murray's criticism of the coaching system, with performance director David Felgate stressing that there was no uniform way of bringing on players.
Their input into Murray's career allowed him to develop his game in Spain, and Tim Henman's former coach believes the LTA are achieving success with their policy.
Felgate said: "The LTA recognises that different players react to different approaches which is why we have introduced choice and flexibility into our performance system and continue to support our best players wherever they want to train in Britain or beyond."