women's tennis

Watson wonders where the next generation will come from after French Open flop

Mike Bovill
Authored by Mike Bovill
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 06:51

Heather Watson has questioned the future of British tennis after another poor performance in a Grand Slam this year. Watson was defeated by Italy's Fiona Ferro in the first round of the French Open, joining Johanna Konta in suffering an early exit at Roland Garros.

No British woman has made it further than the second round of any of this year's Grand Slam events. And Watson is worried the next generation of British players are not yet ready to step up. 

"I don't see who's next," she said. "I feel like we've got a good little group of players right now, but little. I don't see who's going to be top 50."

Watson is calling on the Lawn Tennis Association to increase funding to a wider group of players. "I think personally that more players need to get help rather than just helping your selected players," she added.

"I feel like the more people you help, the more competition there will be. It's not just the talented people that get through. If you give the hard workers an opportunity, too, you'll have more of a pool of players."


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