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The Other British Men

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^How apt, "a Golding Thread."
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http://www.lta.org.uk/News/2012/May/2012-05-14/Oliver-Golding-claims-second-AEGON-GB-Pro-Series-title-/

Brief interviews with Golding and Broady & Smethurst there.

Golding and Morgan both playing in Futures again this week (different Futures I might add). Jamie Baker seeded in Fergana challenger (80).
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How much do they get paid? All this travelling/hotels/kit must cost a fortune? Are they LTA funded or is the entry/prize money sufficient to cover basics?
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It's a very good question. I know they don't get a lot, even for winning it. Broady doesn't get LTA funding does he? I'm sure he still gets other sources of funding though. I posted an article on Baker a page or two backs that talks about how he is just about able to afford it.
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Golding withdrew from the tournament he was scheduled to play this week. He's now resting before practicing for the grass courts.

Baker lost 4-6 7-6(1) 6-4 to Vishnu Vardhan in Fergana.


How much do they get paid? All this travelling/hotels/kit must cost a fortune? Are they LTA funded or is the entry/prize money sufficient to cover basics?
It's a very good question. I know they don't get a lot, even for winning it. Broady doesn't get LTA funding does he? I'm sure he still gets other sources of funding though. I posted an article on Baker a page or two backs that talks about how he is just about able to afford it.
There are 23 players who are contracted with the LTA They have "financial support in the form of programme funding and international travel assistance, they also have access to the highest level of tennis and technical support. This includes strength and conditioning training, sports science, sports medicine, psychology and nutrition". The list of contracted player are here: http://www.lta.org.uk/players-parents/Performance-players/Player-funding/Team-AEGON/

For those non-contracted players they can claim money from the tournament bounus scheme (http://www.lta.org.uk/players-parents/Performance-players/Player-funding/Bonus-Scheme/) and they may also be eligible for the international travel assistance (http://www.lta.org.uk/players-parents/Performance-players/Player-funding/ITA/). Players playing on the British Tour will also receive prize money (http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/AEGON-British-Tour/Playing-AEGON-British-Tour/). Josh Goodall, Dan Evans, Dan Cox, Andrew Fitzpatrick and Richard Bloomfield have played British tour events in the past year or so to earn more money.

Quite a few players also earn money by playing French or German club league tennis at weekends from April through the summer months. Not really sure how that works, just know that they do it and can earn a bit of money from it.

The Broadys have been offered LTA funding contacts but they reject it due to a spat that the LTA and the Broadys had, largely over Naomi about 4 or 5 years ago.
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Thanks Allan Smile  Yes, I remember the Broady spat. Good job daddy's a millionaire.
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Shame about Golding but probably for the best. He'll be seeded for most Futures now after the rankings change on Monday.

Disappointing for Baker after hitting his CH, two poor defeats in a row.

Morgan also KO'd in Round 1 so not a lot of British interest left bar Andy. Couple of guys in Sweden I think.

Do we know who's playing qualifying for Roland Garros? I'm assuming Ward is, but what about Baker and Goodall? Neither have played on the clay recently.
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Ward, Baker and Goodall playing Roland Garros qualies. Both Baker and Goodall try and avoid playing clay court events as they believe that they have a better chance of earning ranking points off of clay.
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*Hard, you mean. Wink

I thought that may be the case. Ward tried to play in a few Clay tournaments to warm-up for RG I guess but hasn't really paid off for him, only one win and two defeats (to lower ranked opposition). Not expecting much for RG but who knows.

Really looking forward to Queens though, want to see how Baker and Golding (if he gets a WC/opts to play) get on after both hitting new Career High's.
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According to The Herald, 19 May, Colin Fleming will miss RG because the stress fracture of his tibia is taking time to heal. Frown
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What a pity.  Will that put paid to his chances (and Ross') at the Olympics - can they amass enough ranking points between then and now?
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Ward and Goodall out in QR1, Baker beats Torebko (ranked just above him) but then lost to clay-court specialist Munoz de la Nava (who went on to qualify) in QR2. So just Andy in RG. No surprise there really.

Broady, Edmund and Bambridge all knocked out in R1 in a Grade A juniors clay warm-up tournament (Broady was top seed too). But Broady and Ward-Hibbert did go on to win the Doubles.

Been a disappointing couple of weeks for the Brits.
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Next week it's the first of 2 challengers in Nottingham. Wildcards have gone to Baker, Goodall, Golding and Fitzpatrick. James Ward already into the main draw with his ranking at the entry deadline.
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Nice to see Golding and Fitzpatrick getting a chance to play in a Challenger. Has Golding played in any Challengers in the past, bar Lougborough at the end of last year (IIRC?)?

Seeing as it's the second week of a Slam, and the fact that Baker at just outside the top 200 needs a wild card, I assume the tournament will be filled by players that got knocked out early doors at Wimbledon (who aren't clay courters playing at Braunschweig)? I wonder how low ranked the lowest seed will be - probably all top 100 players?
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