British tennis hampered by rain?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Golden Retriever, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2004
    Kind of hard to practice with all the rain going on continuously. No wonder British tennis has been in a slump for so long. My advice would be move to Las Vegas if you want to be a tennis pro. Heck, move Wimbledon to LV for crying out loud.
  2. Feña14

    Feña14 Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    It's not the weather, more like the lack of interest in the game. There are plenty of indoor courts and the public courts aren't that bad, they are playable.

    British people think that there is only one tournamnet a year and that is Wimbledon. If you tell them there are 4 Grand Slams a year they would laugh at you. They don't have a clue and only play for the 2 weeks of Wimbledon.

    And the lack of competition is bad, I hardly have any people to play against and end up having to go in to ITF touraments by the look of it which means a lot of travel which isn't good.

    Lack of oppurtunities is the main problem imo.

  3. Free_Martha

    Free_Martha Guest

    Seeing as how London is infamous for its lousy weather, you'd think the British would've thought to build a retractable roof on center court by now.
  4. AndyC

    AndyC Semi-Pro

    Mar 31, 2004
    it's because tennis is more a middle-class sport in the UK (public courts are poorly maintained and aren't cheap to play on).. i.e. the kids who pick it up belong to parents who don't really see tennis as a way of life.. I see a lot of juniors at the club who have potential but who will probably never take the game up seriously.

    as for the retractable roof welcome to british bureaucracy.. they want to find a system which won't leave disturbing shadows on centre court.. well lord knows how much longer it will take them to actually establish that there is such a system and then to actually get it built.
  5. thomas martinez

    thomas martinez Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    New York
    I can only speak of my experiences in Glasgow. Up there, the big problem is, F O O T B A L L. If you don't play footie, you're a wuss. You get the **** taken out of you left right and centre for it. There are quite a few affordable programmes for kids to get into from what I have seen there, but it is always footie that rules the roost. I still find it amazing that we have a few futures/satallite events up there and over in Edinburgh. Even more amazing is that Elena Baltacha in many ways honed her big game up in Edinburgh. Down in Birmingham from a friend of mine, she says that tennis is pretty popular, but as a recreational activity. Even the good players(no matter what the wealth or lack there of) look at it as nothing more than a way to have some fun, and work up a sweat.
    Liam, drop me a line before 15 July if you are still interested in the Prince, I might have one to let go of in a 4 1.2

    Tom Martinez
  6. david aames

    david aames Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    True but what England really need is a charismatic grand slam winner for people over there to even consider it a sport. Germany is in that regard in the same hole at the moment, no star player to show for and the sport is sinking in the eyes of the general public...

    Big football nations can also have strong tennis federations thanks to big names players who did/do a lot locally to grow the sport... Spain has Moya and Ferrero, France had Noah, Australia has Hewitt and Philippoussis, Brasil has Kuerten etc... Actually the only country not following that rule is probably the US where despite a solid stable of players, tennis is nowhere to be found thanks to the USTA's vision.

  7. johnmcc

    johnmcc Guest

    Since the weather obviously plays a very big part in Wimbledon, why don't they move the tourney to a later date? It's a shame when the lead story of Wimbledon is the rain, and not the day's matches.

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