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Murray critical of British coaching structure

Posted 11-18-2011 at 11:15 AM by Philip Oliver
Andy Murray believes Britain should look at the Spanish model of only funding tennis players until they are 18 as a method to develop more home-grown talent while he has also criticised the way British youngsters are coached.

Some British tennis players receive funding well into their careers and Murray believes that way of trying to develop talent may be hampering progress. Those looking at the Australian Open 2012 betting will certainly have their own views.

In Spain youngsters are only funded until they are 18, at which point it stops and the only money players receive is what they earn themselves on tour.
The Scot, who honed his own skills from the age of 15 in a Spanish academy, thinks that maybe this model helps inspire players to do well at a key stage of their development and drives them forward.

He told the Daily Mail: "Do you know that in Spain, at 18, your funding stops?

"From there, you get nothing that you cannot earn for yourself. We're funding guys to 27, 28 - while in the most successful tennis nation in the world you're basically on your own. Maybe there's something in that."

Murray, who is currently preparing for the ATP World Tour Finals in London which start on Sunday, also believes the way they coach youngsters in Spain is better than in the UK.

The 24-year-old was critical of the coaching structure at the national academy and believes there is a real lack of consistency and identity to the game in Britain. The tennis betting odds certainly reflect this.

He added: "When I went to Spain, from the best players to the worst players we were all taught the same way, all given the same drills. They had a structure and they stuck to it.

"Go to our national centre and you've got 10 different nationalities all coaching a different way. If we don't get the results straight away, we panic and change direction.

"There is no confidence in our technique, no sense of sticking to an idea, no identity, no consistency in the way we teach tennis, so naturally there is no British style."

Murray, now third in the world rankings, will hope to get the better of current number one, Novak Djokovic, in London after being drawn in the same group as the big-hitting Serb.
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