LTA digs up clay courts just as they are needed

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Britain’s main gamers have been caught unawares by the Garden Tennis Affiliation’s determination to dig up the clay courts on the Nationwide Tennis Centre in south-west London, simply on the time of yr when the tour is about to maneuver on to the purple stuff.
British No 2 Cameron Norrie – who misplaced in three units within the Miami Masters right here to Australia’s Jordan Thompson – admitted that he had been desiring to practise on the NTC forward of his subsequent dedication, the US Clay Courtroom Championship that begins in Houston on April 8.
“I noticed they [the clay courts] had been dug up however I simply assumed they might be prepared,” stated Norrie after his 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 defeat. “I’m going to have to seek out someplace [else].”
In the meantime, Dan Evans – who was attributable to play Malek Jaziri in Miami – will now should journey to Spain to arrange for the European clay-court swing. A number one British coach questioned why the work couldn’t have waited  till the summer time, by which period the primary physique of the tennis tour could have switched to grass. The NTC – which is situated in Roehampton – has not been used as an official coaching base for elite tennis since Bob Brett in the reduction of the efficiency community in 2014, nevertheless it nonetheless offers an vital possibility for gamers like Norrie, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson, who all base themselves in London.

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