Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Biting Back: Why Ulster should break away from Tennis Ireland

Telegraph Sport: where the debate starts

Laura Robson enjoyed success at junior level

There comes a time when every sport needs a little taste of revolution and the moment would seem to be right for local tennis.

Currently, like many other sports here, tennis is run on an all-Ireland basis with Tennis Ireland the governing body, but results in recent years and the lack of players competing at the highest level in Europe as well as the failure to develop world class juniors means there has to be change.

It’s time for Ulster to break away from Tennis Ireland and team up with the wealthy Lawn Tennis Association.

Considering the lack of funding, coaching expertise at the highest level and facilities here, why shouldn’t Ulster players have the chance to train alongside and enjoy the lucrative benefits of their counterparts across the water?

Indeed, why would anybody at the top of the Ulster Branch want to stand in the way of such a move which would transform the fortunes of our young players?

In recent years, Great Britain has had success at the highest junior levels with a number of players landing big prizes — just look at Laura Robson.

It’s time to grasp the nettle and seek a brighter future for our young aces.

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