Petchey calls for LTA to disband
Mark Petchey has called for the Lawn Tennis Association to be disbanded following Great Britain's 4-1 Davis Cup loss to Ukraine at the weekend.
Petchey, a former GB Davis Cup player and LTA official, believes the defeat is the latest sign the game in Britain needs to be restructured.
Petchey wants ex-GB star Tim Henman to be part of a new LTA funding committee.
I respect Petchey, but do feel that this is the wrong way to go about things. Yes the LTA are on the whole useless gimps, but any real improvement brought about by the recent big changes isn't going to be seen in the current crop of players. People like Goodall, Boggo or Eaton won't leap hundreds of places in the rankings on the strength of having a brilliant coach all of a sudden. They either have the potential to get to the top from very early on or they don't.
Speaking to my tennis coach, who works for the LTA, it seems that we have some very good youngsters who might make the breakthrough in a few years. I agree with Petchey in that the LTA has not been doing things right for a long, long time but this tie was always going to be a loser when Andy pulled out. Decapitating the entire setup in the country isn't really the thing to do after an expected defeat.
Edit: this will teach me to read the article first! While I feel that my point above stands in terms of those calling for the LTA to be scrapped, it seems that Petchey isn't calling for that at all! The headline says 'Petchey calls for LTA to disband', but then Petchey himself says in the article 'you can't disband it'! What shoddy journalism! As Mark and Daisy say above, what a misleading title!