Newly crowned Davis Cup champion Andy Murray has blasted the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). After Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith talked about how the LTA should capitalize their success, the Scot went off against the governing body of British tennis. Murray wasn’t the only one to slam the LTA. Former Great Britain Davis Cup captain David Lloyd slammed them as well.
Murray: LTA A Waste Of Time
The world number two had to say this about the LTA, "Nothing ever gets done and I don't like wasting my time.” He also said that he doesn’t speak to any of the higher-ups about the lack of young British players competing in Grand Slams. "It's concerning not to have any juniors in the Grand Slams because that is something we were always very good at. It's not ideal,” said Murray.
Ironically, David Lloyd, who also blasted the LTA, said the world number two didn’t give enough back to the game. "I'd rather concentrate on my own stuff and when I've finished playing, I'll have a lot more time to try and help or give back to the game," Murray commented about Lloyd’s comments.. "Just now, I've just got to concentrate on trying to win as much as possible."
Russell Fuller Talks About Murray’s LTA Frustrations
Russell Fuller, the BBC Tennis correspondent talked about Murray’s frustrations with the governing body of British tennis and their alarming lack of juniors and top 100 players compared to the French. The French are consistently putting out top juniors and have 10 players in the top 100 compared to two for Britain, including Aljaz Bedene who played for Slovenia last year.
David Lloyd’s Comments
Former British tennis player David Lloyd said that British tennis is a mess, and that the LTA must make changes. He added that "the buck must stop" with LTA chief executive Michael Downey, who he says has done "a poor job". "The LTA do not run the game very well. They haven't for many, many, many years," Lloyd told BBC World Service. He also said, They have poor management and invested millions but into the wrong places.