25/10/2019

Jamie Murray reminds LTA that Scotland is a ‘country, not a county’


Jamie Murray has educated the Lawn Tennis Association that Scotland is a”nation, not a county” because he called for more funding for the game into his homeland.
Tennis Scotland is understood to receive about #700,000 from the LTA each calendar year, roughly one percent of their federation’s yearly expenditure.
The Scottish body has been waiting to detect if a bid for greater earnings has been effective using a verdict expected.
Brother Andy and murray have two Olympic gold medals and 10 Grand Slam titles between them, as well as claiming of the things after Britain won the Davis Cup final in 2015.
But the Dunblane doubles specialist doesn’t believe enough is being done to capitalise on their success.
The 33-year-old, who’s competing in the Murray Trophy Challenger Tour event in Glasgow this week, told STV:”Things could have been better over the last ten years to take advantage of what surely Andy has been achieving.
“Up here Scotland are trying their very best to take things forward.
“You’ve got to be patient with planning, certainly for some of those indoor centres they would like to become over the line to become constructed, and that requires time.
“We have not always had the best price in the money that the LTA gets and how they hand that out to Tennis Scotland.”
Asked whether Scotland deserved more, Murray stated:”I presume so. Certainly from what we’ve achieved over the past decades, moving back to our junior times of enjoying.
“If you take into consideration the Scottish players who have represented us in the Davis Cup and won bonds, I would say they do. We are a country after all, a county.
“Also, we need to make sure up here we’ve got a suitable plan in place that is going to appeal to this LTA, when we really do give you this money it’s going to be well spent”

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