Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Focus Is on Football ; Viewpoints

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Focus Is on Football ; Viewpoints

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I WONDER if Andy Murray would be a top tennis player if he had been born in Manchester rather than Dunblane? I have often watched three and four year olds playing tennis at the David Lloyd centres in Manchester and been amazed at their high standard. During their primary school years they are multi-talented and enjoying many different sports. When I met up with them 10 or 11 years later I have repeatedly heard that they have been approached by a Premier League or Championship football team and are now training to be footballers and have little time for tennis.

When I have met up with them in their late teens I learn that they have been let go by the football club but are back playing social tennis to a moderately good standard.

Perhaps we are blessed by having so many local quality football teams but their scouts are hoovering up the best young local players for their own junior squads with dreams that surpass those available to any boy who would be considering tennis as a possible future. …

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