AS THE latest Wimbledon strawberries and cream-fest began on Monday ten ‘British’ players entered the fray.
While I would never want to sound like some kind of UKIP propaganda machine, I still feel I have to point out that the LTA – who will again make a packet from the two weeks of action in SW19 – have not exactly been working hard unearthing talent born in these isles.
Just 50 per cent were born in Britain in Andy Murray (Glasgow), Samantha Murray (Stockport), James Ward and Anne Keoavong (both London), plus Guernsey’s Heather Watson.
Johanna Konta and Laura Robson are Australian born, Sydney and Melbourne respectively, Tara Moore was made in Hong Kong, Kyle Edmund entered the world in Johannesburg and Elena Balthacha was born in Kiev.
You have to feel that the LTA are not providing the route to the top for ‘homegrown’ players.