In an interview to Tennis 365, the 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash criticized the job done by the Lawn Tennis Association in promoting tennis using Andy Murray's success. Last week, the three-time Grand Slam winner had raised criticism while speaking about the same topic and on Wednesday Cash, speaking from Melbourne, agreed with him.
“It took them a long time to realise that and they then started rebuilding grass roots tennis and they missed probably five or six years", Cash said. "There are no doubts about it – they blew it and wasted a large part of Andy’s career.
I think the LTA were trying. I’ve spoken to people and I know they were pinning everything on Murray. Their theory was the trickle-down theory (Murray’s success would inspire others), which is proven not to work, and it proved the case here too.
I think the approach was wrong I think he’d be a great coach and a great advisor, there are no doubts about that. He’d professionalise things. He’s probably like a lot of other people looking at the LTA, saying to himself: ‘they really need to up their game’, especially as far as the performance is concerned.
I think they have improved a lot but tennis is a very specific game and I think Murray’s insight would be fantastic and I hope they pay him handsomely for it, so they should." ALSO READ: Djokovic would beat Roger Federer in Australian Open final - Evert