Tennis: Murray’s effort inspirational says Dorset’s Deem
7:00am Monday 9th July 2012 in Sport
By Ian Wadley
DORSET tennis chief James Deem is confident that Wimbledon 2012 will spark an increase in participation across the county – despite Andy Murray’s final heartbreak.
Deem, the Lawn Tennis Association’s development manager for Dorset and Somerset, predicted the surge on the back of strong British performances in the showpiece event.
The sport hit the headlines during the past two weeks as Murray roared into the singles final and compatriot Jonathan Marray upset the odds to become the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men’s
doubles title for 76 years.
Murray failed to make history of his own as the legendary Roger Federer denied him over four sets yesterday to win a dramatic clash 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4.
But although Murray fell at the final hurdle, Deem is confident that the high profile generated by those achievements at this year’s Wimbledon will have a positive impact on tennis in the area.
“It will definitely be a boost,” said Deem, who is based at the West Hants Club.
“Any British sporting success will inspire people to play. It has got to make a difference and it is great news.”
Deem continued: “Without doubt, two weeks of tennis on the television, with or without British success, is going to inspire people to pick up a tennis racket.
“It is difficult to get hard numbers but I can certainly say that clubs tell me they get more enquiries about coming to play and people booking courts.”
Meanwhile, Deem says the LTA is actively trying to get people to take up the sport.
He added: “We are working, particularly in the Bournemouth area in conjunction with West Hants and other clubs, to try to get people to make use of the park tennis courts via allplaytennis.com.
“That is a database where people can look for courts.
“There are huge opportunities out there for people to give it a go.”
7:32am Mon 9 Jul 12
sorry why all the hype about murry im more inspired by the wild card jonny marray the first brit to win the mens doubles in 76 years but this win has been over shadowed by all the hype surrounding murry
8:18am Mon 9 Jul 12
I am glad he lost!!!! Murray doesn’t play for Britain he is a Scot and plays for Scotland….. When he wins he is Scottish and when he loses he is British…. The Scottish always want the English to lose and I for one will never back him….. I wanted him out from round one! So good on you Feds a real champion…. Losers are never remembered Andy! He he
9:35am Mon 9 Jul 12
i didntwatch a lot of it but my boys and i whooped with delight when he lost but what peed me off was seeing cameron milliband salmond rio ferdinand and surly fergerson being shown to his chauffeur driven car with a policeman touching his cap all taking tickets from true tennis loving fans how many games did they see 1 i expect the final
10:24am Mon 9 Jul 12
He lost, fair enough.
It was embarrasing to see the ongoing flood of tears shed by this player.
Maybe he should be in the womens draw next year, all he has to do is shreik after each shot!
1:24pm Mon 9 Jul 12
If Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France that will be one of the greatest ever achievements by a British sportsman. Not Murray’s efforts at Wimbledon. The BBC over hyped the whole thing and looked rather foolish once Federer had outclassed him.
2:04pm Mon 9 Jul 12
Whatever happened to the stiff upper lip? Kenneth Williams said it was just above the weak flabby chin!
I can (just about) understand tears after winning an Olympic Gold – after all it is only once every four years that an athlete gets the chance. Please note I said “winning” not coming second. That just smacks of a tantrum and is IMHO unsporting. Besides show me the runner up and I’ll show you the first of the losers.
This tournament (like all in Tennis) is played at differing venues several times a year -so what’s special about this match? It puts me in mind of American “World Series”.
The bookies weren’t fooled were they? Neither was I!
4:04pm Mon 9 Jul 12
His bird is quite tasty though, isn’t she? I wonder what she sees in the miserable, ugly, millionaire Scot?
5:30pm Mon 9 Jul 12
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote:
His bird is quite tasty though, isn’t she? I wonder what she sees in the miserable, ugly, millionaire Scot?[/p][/quote]Yep the quality of chuff was better than the tennis…….
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