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GB National Tennis Academy shut down after failing to find next Andy Murray

The GB National Tennis Academy in Stirling, arrange following the success of Sir Andy Murray and brother Jamie, is being shut down simply three years after it opened.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) confirmed on Wednesday that the operation could be moved to Loughborough – the house of its different nationwide academy – from the summer season of 2024.

Tennis Scotland chief government Blane Dodds proclaimed the programme on the University of Stirling may present “a pathway for champions” when it opened in 2019.

Brazilian Leonardo Azevedo was recruited to lead the teaching workforce, alongside Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and Colin Fleming.

But it unearthed just one Scot – Matthew Rankin – throughout a interval severely impacted by the coronavirus disaster and a review by the LTA concluded it needs to be shut down when its contract expired in two years.

News of its impending closure emerged at a time when Tennis Scotland has been struggling to meet its goal of greater than doubling the variety of the nation’s indoor courts from 112 to 225.

Despite shifting to an expanded single nationwide academy at Loughborough, the LTA has pledged to assist the identical variety of gamers, present extra assist for these aged 14-16 who don’t enter the academy however could also be late builders, and to create an improved Scottish efficiency pathway for youthful gamers.

It stated: “We anticipate the plans for these enhancements will likely be finalised by the top of 2022 with the transition starting from 2023 onwards. Collectively, these adjustments would end in an elevated variety of younger British gamers receiving LTA Performance pathway assist, an elevated variety of Scottish gamers receiving assist, whereas sustaining not less than the identical variety of gamers at present supported as National Academy students.

“Changes to the existing academies won’t take effect until 2024 to ensure all current national academy scholars will continue to be fully supported for the term of their agreements.”

A Tennis Scotland spokesperson stated: “We are in ongoing dialogue with the LTA to deliver an enhanced performance strategy and pathway for Scottish tennis talent.”

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