"We celebrate when we have two or three players, which is unacceptable": Jamie Murray echoes Dan Evans' points, believes Brits should be doing better

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 at 09:30
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Jaime Murray supported Dan Evans' opinion on the current state of British tennis.
Dan Evans recently criticized the state of British tennis due to the lack of players at the forefront of the sport. After Andy Murray, the success of Emma Raducanu at the 2021 US Open "papered over the cracks."
"Evo is probably right. Emma had this whirlwind two weeks out of nowhere, but that's not the reality of where we are at. Something needs to change," said Jaime Murray.
The performance of British players at the 2023 French Open demonstrates the decline in their results, with only three men and no women participating in the main draw. Cameron Norrie was the furthest-reaching player, reaching the third round before losing to Lorenzo Musseti.
In recent years, Andy Murray won three Grand Slam titles and topped the world rankings despite competing during the prime era of the Big Three. Raducanu's case marked the first WTA Grand Slam victory since Virginia Wade at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships.
"It’s about numbers at this level and we have just never had that forever.
“It is decades or more of what I would call underperformance. We have Andy at the top for a long time. That will come to an end soon. Dan Evans and Cam Norrie are obviously well established on the Tour and Jack Draper is coming up,” Murray said.
“On the girls' side, it’s not like we have always had people in the top 10 or 20 or 30. That’s just the situation. I just think that there is no reason why we shouldn’t be having 10 or 15 players, men and women, in the main draw and qualifying of this tournament.
We celebrate when we have two or three players, which is unacceptable. It is not good enough for us as a Grand Slam nation to be turning up at these events and having such a small number of players competing. With the funding that some of the players have at their disposal, we should be doing better," he concluded.

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