McEnroe 'ready to help Brits'

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BRITAIN'S tennis chief is confident he can get John McEnroe to help rebuild the game in the country following another disastrous showing at Wimbledon. Tim Henman was the only Brit to reach the second week of the tournament, which McEnroe won three times.

Lawn Tennis Association chief executive John Crowther is actively chasing McEnroe to help raise standards in Britain. "I've had a chat with John. It was a very good chat, one to one, and I think we're going to get our act together," Crowther told BBC Radio Five Live.

"There are two possible opportunities. The first is he works with David Felgate on three coaching camps and he will hopefully deal with the Alex Bogdanovics of this world, and on the girls' side as well. "But I think it will also inspire new kids to come into tennis with our inner-city tennis programme. I've seen him at work and he is a great inspirer."

When asked why the LTA cannot recruit the likes of a McEnroe or Boris Becker for a full year, Crowther responded: "People like McEnroe and Becker don't have a 52-week ability to commit. Getting McEnroe for three weeks is using his skills best for the job."