New LTA chief hopes for 'collaborative approach' to help unearth next Murray for Britain

Edinburgh, Sept 25 (ANI): The new Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) chief executive has said that he hopes that a collaborative approach can help Britain unearth the next Andy Murray.

Michael Downey has inherited a much criticised and a tough job in an organisation, which has failed to make the most of its annual multi-million-pound Wimbledon subsidy and was labelled as 'useless' by Baroness Billingham, chairperson of the All Party Tennis Group, The Scotsman reports.

However, Downey, who has been the president of Tennis Canada for the last nine years, said that Murray's winning the Wimbledon and being a two-time Grand Slam champion gives an opportunity to develop the sport at performance and participation levels, adding that he would not have joined LTA if he thought that it was useless.

Stating that the LTA tires to engage people to help grow the sport collectively in England, Downey also said that he believes that a bevy of young talent in the style of Murray is coming up in Britain, adding that their mission is to help get more people playing tennis for continued high-performance success for British tennis. (ANI)


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