Editorial: What Britain needs is more Andy Murrays


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British tennis is in a good place. And not just because of the Grand Slam triumph by the Olympic champion Andy Murray. This has been a summer in which British tennis players have made great strides at all levels. We now have four women in the world’s top 150 and Laura Robson and Heather Watson look like top-30 potential at the very least. And a new generation of younger men are coming through in the shape of Oliver Golding, Kyle Edmund and Liam Broady. Quite an achievement for a sport that was, just five years ago, in some disarray. And for that the Lawn Tennis Association can take credit.

But the task now is to get those young men up to the same ranking as their female counterparts and also to ensure that standards are maintained lower down in the development programme. Let’s find more young players to follow in Andy Murray’s triumphant footsteps.