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- Scottish Tennis

Jamie Murray at the Australian OPen, 2011
Picture by "Spekoek" via Wikimedia Commons.

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Jamie Murray has branded the funding for Scottish tennis "nonsense" and accused the Lawn Tennis Association of failing to exploit his brother's Wimbledon victory to promote the sport.

Tennis in Scotland has been given 3.3 million of central funding over the next four years - a cut in real terms - and participation UK-wide has dropped by 20,000 since Andy Murray won at SW19 in 2013.

Jamie, who specialises in doubles, is without a coach at the Australian Open because of LTA cuts. And the 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles champ said: "For me, it's disappointing - I'm sure for Andy as well.

"He's done so many amazing things in his career and you go home and nothing's changed really. They have announced they were getting 820,000 a year and they're shouting from the rooftops about it but in my book that's nonsense. That's not good enough.

"LTA chief executive Michael Downey probably went and met the people in charge of running Tennis Scotland and I imagine he wasn't super excited by the plans they had in place because otherwise why wouldn't you invest more money into Scotland?"

Graphic of Jamie and Andy Murray by Christopher Johnson via Wikimedia Commons.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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