Judy Murray: Tennis still too elitist in Britain

Friday, July 12, 2013 /by
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British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray tells BBC Newsnight that the nation still needs more public courts if the sport is to become more popular.

"I'd like it [tennis] to become way more inclusive. I think it still is [too elitist],” she said. "Some moves have been made to make things better, but there's still such a long way to go and there are huge swathes of the country where you can't find tennis courts. You need to build courts in areas where they currently don't exist for it to become a much more inclusive sport. The country will go tennis crazy. Kids and adults will want to try tennis and not all of them will get the opportunity.

"The key is to make sure there are as many public courts in as many communities we can put them in if we're going to tap into this great imagination. We need to get into rural areas and disadvantaged areas and get tennis to people that haven't had the opportunity to play."

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