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LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « on: February 04, 2008, 10:52 AM »
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Greetings,

I was going to keep this conversation to myself but after a few beers tonight I thought nah, lets have a debate about it.

In the AO thread i mentioned that I went to watch young Daniel Evans play in the 2nd round of the juniors. What I didn't tell you was a chat I had with a guy from the LTA. I don't know this guys name (he will be known in this post as 'LTA bloke') and even if i did I would forget it because I just don't remember names.

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So I wander up to Daniel's match and it's on a very small court with only one stand. I am on the opposite side and there is no stand but a few chairs. I grab another chair and sit down. I look around and nod and say hi to the people around me. LTA bloke immediatly asks me 20 questions of who I am, where I live etc... I answer and ask him who he is. He tells me he works for the LTA.

Having not been in England for so long I ask him how the new tennis center thingy is. He tells me it's great and all we need now is the players. Yes I replied, that would be great. He then tells me in a couple of years they will be there. He then says and I quote. "Remember this conversation". LTA bloke is convinced in a couple of years there will be other players. At this point in time I like this bloke. Says all the things I want to hear. The future is great.

So I start watching the match. There is something really strange about anyone who has anything to do with tennis. They simple do not watch the game. They talk to other people about this and that and total rubbish while people are trying their ******** off. I have never seen anything like it.

And finally the biggest, the must insulting thing I have ever seen ever in my life. Daniel wins the first set but then loses the 2nd set 0-6. Not good looking. Daniel needs all the support he can get. LTA bloke stands up at this point and say to LTA lady sat next to me. "I'm just going to stretch my legs".

Did he come back? No.

So will the players come through? Not if this free-loader is supporting them.

Enjoy.

This was a gjr report from the Australian Open 2008.
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 10:58 AM »
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Sorry but that doesn't sound so bad although it depends what his job is. I doubt he is expected to get pumped up and scream support for British players on court unless he was one of the coaching staff.
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 11:10 AM »
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Sorry but that doesn't sound so bad although it depends what his job is. I doubt he is expected to get pumped up and scream support for British players on court unless he was one of the coaching staff.


If he is employed by the LTA I don't care if his job title is to make sure the bus gets them to the ground in time (and beleive me, he was a lot more senior than that). If your job is to over-see these young lads while they play tennis free-loading it around the World, the least you could do is watch the game and give some encouragement.
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 11:11 AM »
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Sure it wasn't Brad lol?
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 11:14 AM »
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Was he not just nipping out to get Danny some beers for after the match? Smile
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008, 11:23 AM »
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If he is employed by the LTA I don't care if his job title is to make sure the bus gets them to the ground in time (and beleive me, he was a lot more senior than that). If your job is to over-see these young lads while they play tennis free-loading it around the World, the least you could do is watch the game and give some encouragement.
But you don't know the details of his job? Maybe it's stressful and therefore when he's at a tennis match he doesn't want to be using up his energy by being another voice screaming in the crowd.

My opinion is, you do what you're paid for and any extra is up to you. If you're paid to be the bus driver then you shouldn't feel obligated to start cheering on the players.
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 11:31 AM »
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But you don't know the details of his job? Maybe it's stressful and therefore when he's at a tennis match he doesn't want to be using up his energy by being another voice screaming in the crowd.

My opinion is, you do what you're paid for and any extra is up to you. If you're paid to be the bus driver then you shouldn't be obligated to then start cheering on the players.


I wouldn't call 50 people a screaming crowd. This bloke would never use up his energy at any match because he doesn't watch them. Yes I don't know his job title and yes he could be the bloke who makes sure the players have enough towels. But... He wasn't, or he gave the impression that he was more important than that. Look there was 3 LTA people watching the match. Who are these people? What do they do? Why would you leave a match to stretch your legs when one of your guys (actually the best of your guys (seeded 4th)) had just lost a set 6-0?
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008, 11:33 AM »
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Maybe these LTA people are there as businessmen trying to figure out how much funding the player deserves and if that is the sort of job then I don't blame them for jumping up and down for every player they look over.
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008, 11:41 AM »
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Maybe these LTA people are there as businessmen trying to figure out how much funding the player deserves and if that is the sort of job then I don't blame them for jumping up and down for every player they look over.


No Mark.

The LTA people are there to over-see the players and make sure they don't do what the knob-head did who got sent home. But the least they could do is support the players they are meant to be watching. The 2 women sat next to me with there nice passes did nothing but talk throughout the whole match. "Well done Daniel" after he had won a point that they hadn't seen.

Free-Loaders the lot of them.

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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008, 12:09 PM »
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OK, so they are there to over see them which means they are figures of authority to the players. Therefore because of that, it may not even be appropriate for them to act as fans by cheering them on.

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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #10 on: February 04, 2008, 12:33 PM »
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OK, so they are there to over see them which means they are figures of authority to the players. Therefore because of that, it may not even be appropriate for them to act as fans by cheering them on.




Who gives a f**k whats appropriate? This is big business stuff here!

All I will say is there is a difference between cheering like a mad man (which I did), giving encouragement all the time (which they didn't), giving encouragement after finishing a conversation with someone without watching what was going on (which they did) and finally walking off becuase you need to stretch you legs when your man has just lost a set 6-0.

I challange you!

Go and watch them. Not the players but the LTA. I doubt they let their hair down just becuase they where in OZ. From what I got an eye full of I bet it goes on everywhere. Go and see the youngsters play and lookout for the LTA free-loaders. I bet they are not hard to miss.
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Re: LTA member tells me in a few years they will come. « Reply #11 on: February 04, 2008, 12:40 PM »
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I think we'll just have to disagree on this. I feel that the LTA are funding them and the players are lucky to have that, I don't think the LTA staff should then feel obligated to cheer them on.
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