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Jamie Baker seems to be going backward, I know he lost his funding but I always thought he was a fighter, Chris Eaton, Laura Robson has gone quiet too or is she still playing juniors?  I don't really pay too much attention to the Challengers and Futures but you used to at least see a few of the Brit boys trying out for the bigger events.
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Ok then. Smile

Jamie Baker
He doesn't seem to be going backwards but he's not going forwards this year either. Here reached the semi-finals of a Futures last week in America where he lost to Boggo in 2 tie-breaks.

Chris Eaton
Having his best/most consistent year yet. He's reached two Futures finals including 2 weeks ago Switzerland when he won the title without dropping a set. This week he's playing the big Challenger event in Johannesburg where he come though qualifying and then beat another qualifier to reach R2.

Laura Robson.
Returned from injury a few weeks ago after being injured during the Hopman Cup. In her 2nd tourney back she beat Kurumi Nara (ranked about 130) 6-1 6-2 in R1, but in the QFs she had to pull out injured again.

Also worth mentioning are Dan Evans (with a Challenger SF and reaching 3 finals at Futures), Colin Fleming (qualifying for 2 Challengers last month and reaching the QF of one of them), Dan Cox (Futures SF, F and a Challenger R2. He also played in Johannesburg this week but went out in R1 7-5 7-6 to Izak van der Merwe (ranked 152 and who also reached the final of the tournament last year.)


Strangely enough, all these player mention all have a forum thread on there somewhere...
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Judy in talks for Fed Cup.


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The Murray family’s influence on British tennis could be about to grow stronger still as the LTA consider appointing Judy Murray, Andy’s mother, as captain of the Fed Cup team.

I wonder if she'll go for it?
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Judy in talks for Fed Cup.


I wonder if she'll go for it?
The BBC have announced that she has accepted her appointment to the post.  No doubt there'll be rumblings of discontent somewhere about the Murrays having too much domination of the sport in the UK, etc, etc.  Also, like Leon Smith, she's a Scot, and that too might grate with some! Whistle
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I think Colin Fleming is getting spliced today.
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I think Colin Fleming is getting spliced today.
It's tomorrow that's happening.
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Wonder who the lucky lady is?
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One who, I think, has known Colin since they were at school.
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Aww - that's really nice.  I like these childhood sweethearts' stories.
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So we started off with six players in the first round of the AO.  Now we're left with one as per usual.  I know a couple of them had tough draws, but still...
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Disappointing, certainly, but at least they all got into the draw without needing a wildcard.
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http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/12/02/01/manual_154007.html&BID=553

Singles wins for Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha ensured Judy Murray's team started their promotion bid with victory over Portugal.

British number two Keothavong got things rolling by beating Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler 6-3 6-4 in Eilat, Israel.

Keothavong raced into a 4-0 lead and although her opponent managed to retrieve one of the breaks of serve, the British player took the first set.

Koehler made a better fist of things in the second set and opened an early 3-0 lead. However, Keothavong pulled level and a late break of serve saw her close out the match.

Elena Baltacha then demolished Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-2 6-3 in the second rubber.

The British number one broke in the fifth and seventh games to claim the first set and then a double break of serve saw her race 5-1 ahead in the second.

De Brito rallied briefly but could not prevent the British star completing victory.

Youngsters Heather Watson and Laura Robson then completed a 3-0 win in the doubles rubber.

Despite falling a break behind in the opening set, 19-year-old Watson and 18-year-old Robson recovered to take the rubber convincingly, 7-5 6-0.

GB are in Group C in Euro/Africa Zone I and will also face the Netherlands and hosts Israel this week.

If they top the group they will compete in Saturday's play-offs, the winners of which will earn a shot at promotion to World Group II in April.

Murray said: "Today was fantastic. We had two convincing wins in the singles, straight sets wins for Anne first of all and then for Bally, and then the younger girls who had a little bit of a sticky start in the doubles came through very strongly so we didn't drop a set and it was relatively straightforward."

"For me it was the perfect debut, but it's only the first match. We've got a tough one tomorrow against the Netherlands but we've prepared well and we'll be ready."
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Yes, women much better prospect than men....
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http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/12/02/02/manual_161246.html&BID=553

Anne Keothavong was upset by Bibiane Schoofs as Great Britain's Fed Cup hopes took a dent on Thursday.

The British number two was beaten 6-3 6-7 6-3 by a player ranked 66 places below her.

Keothavong was broken in the sixth game which proved enough for her to lose the first set, but she fought back from an early break deficit in the second to claim it on a tie-break and square the match.

However, Schoofs quickly opened a 2-0 lead in the decider and never relinquished her advantage in Eilat.

Britain now need Elena Baltacha to beat Dutch number one Michaella Krajicek in the second singles to level the tie.

Judy Murray's side beat Portugal in their opening Group C match on Wednesday, while the Dutch lost to Israel.

Defeat to the Netherlands would leave GB's hopes of progressing to the weekend's play-offs hanging in the balance
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Elena B won her match in straight sets and the doubles pair of Heather and Laura have won the first set and broken in the second set to be 2-0 up.
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