Stephen Fay considers it no bad thing that the City has been "Wimbledonised" - made into a place of beautiful conditions where foreigners can come and win ("It's Wimbledonisation", Section 2, 28 December). But is this the correct interpretation of Lord Hurd's analogy?

Wimbledon is a yearly reminder of the pathetic state of British tennis and at last we have been shamed into throwing some Lottery cash at producing winners as well as groundsmen. This won't happen for industry and commerce until we recognise that, apart from a royal wake, we can manage very little competitively and that this matters very, very much. Or are we all so sure, in our screwdriver factories financed by the Asian Tigers, that we're OK and that it's the Germans, French and Americans that have got it wrong?

Chris Burrows

Crewe, Cheshire