The Lawn Tennis Association
) is the national governing body of tennis
in Great Britain
, the Channel Islands
and the Isle of Man
As the governing body, the LTA is responsible for the coaching and development of junior players, offering courses and qualifications on coaching, as well as the organisation and administration of the senior game. Through working with the different groups involved such as clubs, coaches, parents and players the LTA aims to grow the base of the sport and get more people involved in tennis. It organises coaching and tournaments for junior players, as well as senior events throughout the UK.
The LTA is predominantly dependent on the Wimbledon Championships
for its income. Over half of the governing body's funds come from the championships, which gives all its profits to the LTA. It also receives a multi-million pound grant from UK Sport
, and has various commercial sponsors.
The organisation is regularly strongly criticised by the media, politicians, people in British tennis who are not on its payroll, and foreign tennis stars such as Pat Cash
and Martina Navratilova
over its poor track record of producing top quality players. Before 1985... Read More