British tennis endures shake-up as drought continues

5/16/2006 - Tennis

SINGAPORE -- British tennis is undergoing another shake-up at the top as the elusive search for a homegrown Grand Slam champion continues.

A Lawn Tennis Association cull has cost performance director David Felgate his job, as well as tennis operations director Rebecca Miskin and finance director Paul Keen, the LTA said.

Despite the millions of pounds annually ploughed into British tennis by the Wimbledon championships, Britain has not produced a men's Grand Slam singles champion for 70 years.

Fred Perry was the last player to achieve the feat when he won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1936. Virginia Wade was the last successful woman when she claimed the Wimbledon title in 1977.

"An interim LTA Leadership team has been appointed to ensure that we move forward with purpose whilst a new structure is created and a new team recruited," new LTA chief executive Roger Draper said.