After decades of struggling the not too distant future looks bright for British tennis players. A world number one, promising young stars and plenty of titles have changed a long history of suffering for our players. but how can this resurgence of British tennis keep going?
Andy Murray has been British number one for over a decade, and at 29 is in the prime of his career. His rejuvenated partnership with coach Ivan Lendl has given him that extra level that has allowed him to flourish and become world number one, finally overcoming the domination of Novak Djokovic. If this pairing is left alone then Murray can look forward to at least a couple of years as the top dog in tennis.
The success of Andy’s brother Jamie is another reason British tennis can be excited for the near future. He won the first two grand slams of his career as he enjoyed lots of success with Brazilian Bruno Soares in the doubles. They won the trophy of best doubles team of the year so expect them to be a strong force in 2017.
The rise of other players like Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans is something else that British tennis can look forward to. Both sit comfortably inside the world rankings top 100 and had remarkable runs at US Open this year. Evans even had a match point against eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in the 3rd round.
Let’s not forget Johanna Konta. She powered her way into the top 10 of the women’s rankings moving up 37 places. She also defeated Venus Williams in July to record her first WTA title. Being 25 she definitely has a bright future ahead of her in the sport as does all of British tennis.