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Petchey calls for LTA to disband « on: March 10, 2009, 09:43 AM »
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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.
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Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 09:49 AM »
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Wow - what a headline ^ - almost dropped off my perch.  Misleading, but certainly got my attention.  Looks like the BBC have recruited National Enquirer reporters.
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Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 09:50 AM »
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Yeah, I thought it was misleading as well.
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Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 09:59 AM »
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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!
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Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 10:03 AM »
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One of the things I'm curious about.  Is Petchey in this, all on his own?  Is he the spokesperson for some shadowy group?  If he's out there on his own, I wonder if knows that it is the pioneers who get the arrows in their backs?
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Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 11:32 AM »
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"The time has come to disband the LTA ..."
 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article5870613.ece
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Re: Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009, 12:23 PM »
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Thanks, so it wasn't misleading after all Smile
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Re: Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009, 07:54 PM »
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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.

Who?  We have a few world class girls like Robson, Heather Watson and the Rens but I'm not aware of any boys coming through.
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Re: Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 07:01 PM »
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Draper does his best to respond.
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Re: Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009, 09:02 PM »
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Thanks for the article.  The comments below seems interesting and appears that some progress is being made, especially the 8000 to 23000 juniors competing bit.

"we run more than 1,000 tournaments and have increased the numbers of juniors competing from 8,000 to 23,000 over the past few years. We have a network of 35 talent scouts (previously there was no network), who work with coaches to identify and nurture talented young athletes from the age of 6 nationwide"
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Re: Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009, 09:15 PM »
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That does sound pretty cool Smile
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Re: Petchey calls for LTA to disband « Reply #11 on: March 13, 2009, 05:53 PM »
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http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/coaching-armada-to-rule-british-tennis-1643835.html

Here is an interesting article on how the Spanish training system may be able to help us build a better generation of tennis players.

I like the bit where each stroke is analysed and broken down into individual components based on the top players' strokes.  Most players who learn from this should improve their stroke play and skills.  The one thing that it can't replicate is the level of competition and hunger of other players in the facility.  At the end of the day, I would say ship our top 5/10 most promising players to Spain and Nick Bolettieri training camps Smile
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