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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #240 on: February 02, 2012, 10:02 PM »
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Laura and Heather won the doubles. GB just need to win won of the matches/rubbers against Israel tomorrow to go through to the play off.
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #241 on: February 02, 2012, 10:16 PM »
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Great news. yay

Will the play-off take place in Israel ?
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #242 on: February 02, 2012, 10:33 PM »
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It must do considering it's on Saturday.
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #243 on: February 03, 2012, 07:08 AM »
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Great news. Well done Judy and the team clap
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #244 on: February 03, 2012, 04:20 PM »
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Here's a link to the Fed cup match currently being played Baltacha 5-2 up against Shahar Peer.

http://www.sport5.co.il/HTML/articles/Article.411.115255.html

It's quite hard to see the tennis, but great to see Judy and the team supporting.
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #245 on: February 03, 2012, 05:06 PM »
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Portugal have won their tie against Netherlands so our girls go through to the playoff whatever happens with Bali's match.  Well done the girls!!!!!!!
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #246 on: February 03, 2012, 06:33 PM »
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I had presumed that the Fed Cup followed the same format as the Davis Cup, but I'm gathering from the previous write-ups that it's quite different.  So how does it work?
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #247 on: February 03, 2012, 08:13 PM »
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GB beat Israel without dropping out a set. Play-off is tomorrow v Austria at 1:30pm UK time. The winner advances to the World Group II Play-offs on the 21-22 of April.

A bit about the structure of the Fed Cup: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed_Cup_structure
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #248 on: February 03, 2012, 08:17 PM »
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Whoppee. What great news.  yay
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #249 on: February 03, 2012, 08:51 PM »
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Judy will be one very happy bunny!
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #250 on: February 03, 2012, 10:49 PM »
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Great Britain will play Austria in a Fed Cup play-off on Saturday.

Judy Murray's team finished in top spot in their Europe/Africa Group I pool in Eilat thanks to a 3-0 victory over hosts Israel, although their play-off berth was assured even before the tie finished.

A combination of a comfortable victory for Anne Keothavong and a win for the Netherlands in the other Pool C tie ensured GB could not be caught, no matter how their final two rubbers against the Israelis unfolded.

As it was, Elena Baltacha backed up Keothavong's win to secure victory in the tie - GB's third victory from three pool clashes.

Baltacha saw off an ailing Shahar Peer 6-4 6-3, winning the last six games as her opponent struggled with injury.

British number two Keothavong had earlier thrashed Julia Glushko 6-2 6-1 with an impressive display in front of a partisan crowd.

It was Keothavong's 19th Fed Cup singles win, leaving only Virginia Wade ahead of her on the British all-time list.

The pairing of Heather Watson and Laura Robson made it three doubles wins out of three for the week in the 'dead' rubber, crushing Glushko and Keren Shlomo, also 6-2 6-1.

Captain Murray said: "(The team) showed some fantastic competitive spirit and have done tremendously well to get through as group winners.

"We were all delighted, and it definitely showed at the end of Bally's match when it all got very emotional.

"The way the matches have worked, everybody is feeling fresh and lively and we are very much looking forward to facing Austria.

"Coming into this competition, I had hoped that we could be in this position, competing in the play-offs, and we're so close now."

If they win on Saturday, GB will progress to April's World Group II promotion play-offs when a place in the tournament's second tier in 2013 would be up for grabs.

However, Austria are led by world number 48 Tamira Paszek, a player ranked higher than any of the Britons. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner is also ranked in the top 100 in singles so the play-off promises to be keenly contested
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/12/02/03/manual_154044.html&BID=553

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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #251 on: February 03, 2012, 11:23 PM »
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^ Thanks for that info Philip.  I'm very pleased that at least our ladies are doing well!
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #252 on: February 04, 2012, 12:05 AM »
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A bit about the structure of the Fed Cup: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed_Cup_structure

Thanks for that, but I'm not sure I got the gist.

Is it that we play two other countries in a round robin over one week and the winner plays someone else for promotion?  So where we are currently, we only play Fed Cup twice a year?
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #253 on: February 04, 2012, 05:37 AM »
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A glance to the future of British tennis   [The Yorker (Uni of York website), 3 Feb]

Following the usual "Will-Murray-ever-win-a-Slam" musings -

But it is not all doom and gloom for British tennis. In true British bulldog spirit we will not surrender without a fight and allow the impressive French, Spanish and Russian players to completely dominate what many perceive to be “our” sport.

Instead the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the country’s largest tennis governing body, have continued to pump tens of millions of pounds into supplying better resources to support British tennis talent coming through. The building of The National Tennis Centre (NTC) - which boasts 120 acrylic hard courts - as well as providing one of the best sports science centres in Europe is a clear indication that the LTA means business.

Additional cash has also been injected into acquiring some of the best tennis coaching in the land allowing our young British players to develop and make a smooth transition over to senior level at a more effective pace. There has also been a strong initiative set up to encourage more tennis lessons in schools and more competitions at grassroots level which will also look to increase the general popularity of the sport.

The good news for Murray and for Britain is that we actually do have some really exciting young tennis protégés working their way through the ranks of the LTA system. I can’t see any reason why some of these young guns can’t go on to challenge some of the world’s elite players and share some of the strain that we are currently placing on Murray’s shoulders.

The best of the bunch is arguably 18-year-old starlet, Oliver Golding. The London-born teenager won the 2011 US Open junior title at Flushing Meadows after a polished display and also reached the boys’ singles semi-final at Wimbledon in 2010. His style of play is very domineering as he already possesses some very powerful ground strokes and his serve is certainly one of the best on the junior circuit.

Stockport-born youngster, Liam Broady, is another Brit who is being tipped for great success in the sport. Broady is yet to play a match on the men’s ATP tour but he has already been a big hit on the junior circuit. The 18-year-old reached the illustrious boys’ singles final at Wimbledon last year losing in three sets to current junior world number 1, Luke Saville, and he recently won the boys’ doubles title in Melbourne last week. The “lefty” junior does not actually receive any funding from the LTA because of a political dispute that Broady’s father has with the governing body regarding improper images posted on a social media site by Broady’s tennis-playing sister, Naomi, who still plays on the WTA tour.

Other promising players coming through the system include Kyle Edmund who hails from Yorkshire. The 17-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the boys’ singles last week losing 7-5 7-5 to the Australian home crowd favourite, Luke Saville. He was also a semi-finallist at the 2011 US Open and has been lauded by critics for his mature demeanour and his current all-round game play on court. George Morgan is another junior hoping to break into senior level soon with his notable successes also including a semi-final berth in the boys’ singles at the 2011 US Open as well as winning the prestigious junior Orange Bowl title in 2010.

There is also some positive news involving British players in the women’s game. In the Fed Cup, Great Britain have earned two hard-fought victories over Portugal and Netherlands this week with the young doubles pairing of Heather Watson and Laura Robson, currently ranked 105 and 118 in the world respectively, winning both of their rubber matches against more experienced opposition.

Watson notably became the first British woman since 1994 to reach the second round of the French Open last year and her impressive form resulted in a career-high world ranking of 87 in 2011. Robson has also been showing glimpses of improvement and she received many plaudits for her gutsy display in a narrow 7-6 6-3 defeat to 2004 Wimbledon ladies champion, Maria Sharapova, in the second round last year.

It is satisfying to see the LTA putting a number of good measures and initiatives in place in tennis which will hopefully result in a change of peoples’ perceptions that British tennis is a national sporting joke. However, larger sums of investment inevitably comes with increased expectations therefore it is absolutely key to see our young British produce progressing further at the Grand Slam tournaments in the not so distant future. Anything less than that is going to leave a particularly sour taste in the mouth for everybody associated with British tennis.

Full article - http://www.theyorker.co.uk/sport/othersports/10336
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Re: The current state of British tennis « Reply #254 on: February 04, 2012, 07:50 AM »
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Interesting article Aileen, cheers. Wonder if George Morgan has slipped off the wish list confused
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