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In defence of British tennis

By William Skidelsky  

Another Wimbledon, and another spate of articles lamenting the state of British tennis. This year, it seem, we’ve done extra-specially badly—never before have all our singles players been knocked out by the first Thursday. The boss of the LTA thinks our players are too fat and lazy to compete. But surely all this gloom is over-the-top. British tennis may not be in a wonderful state, but it is a damn sight healthier than it was when I was a keen junior player, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I remember those desperate days, when our hopes attached to the…

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