Watson seeks more help for young British tennis players
LONDON (UK) – Heather Watson expressed concern over the future of British tennis and urged its governing body to boost young players.
Watson joined the ranks of Andy Murray, Johanna Konta, Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady in bidding adieu to Roland Garros after a 7-6(4) 6-4 trouncing by Fiona Ferro. This leaves no Britons in the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2013.
“I feel like we’ve got a good little group of players right now, but little. I don’t really see who’s next. I don’t see who’s going to be top 50,” said the 28-year-old.
Although the country’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) offers help to a selected number of elite juniors through its national academies in Stirling and Loughborough, Watson wants the organisation to widen its pool of support.
“I think personally that more players need to get help rather than just helping your selected players – I don’t know how many there are, but a handful of players,” she said.
“I feel like there needs to be a bigger pool of support. That way you’re not spoiled and not given everything at a young age. You need to work for it, learn the grind and hard work of the tour, what it takes. It would give more people the opportunity.”