The Lawn Tennis Association will invite Sir Andy Murray to work with them when his playing career ends as part of their ambitious quest over the next decade to transform the development and production of British players.
In exclusive interviews with Telegraph Sport, the LTA’s new chief executive Scott Lloyd and performance director Simon Timson on Wednesday outlined fresh detail on a wide-ranging strategy that includes a new player pathway, a series of radical grass-roots initiatives and a potential “Murray Legacy” schools programme.
It is a 10-year strategy, but one immediate aim is that five new players will reach the world’s top 100 by 2023 after coming through a clearly defined programme that will “end the age of entitlement at the LTA”. Two new national residential academies will open in September to “holistically” develop the best talent between the ages of 14 and 18.
The desire to “open up tennis” amid a major participation challenge across traditional sports has also led the LTA to investigate innovations such as a tennis App that would facilitate easy access to courts and opponents, as well as new community competitions based on the inclusive and hugely successful Park Run ethos.
A capital programme, which has committed £4 million of investment over the past year, will prioritise ensuring that nobody is more than 30 minutes from year-round tennis at an indoor court.