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D Cup: Go Lithuania!

Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010

Remember when I said that Team GB were going to lose to Lithuania and the nation would be forced to kill ourselves from shame? Well, we did lose to Lithuania, 3-2.

That’s Ricardas Berankis. He beats Tims.

I’m too depressed to even go into this. I refer you to the Times for all your breast-beating/gloating needs, and will say just two things: 1) well done to the Lithuanians, who were really impressive the whole weekend and showed all the heart (there’s that word again) that British tennis lacks, and 2) is there any chance, even a tiny one, that right now plans are being hatched at LTA headquarters to lock Dan Evans in a room with a tennis racquet and expect him to do the honourable thing (i.e. beat himself to death)?

Now I feel bad. But not that bad.

Actually, that’s not fair to Dan Evans. OK, he came up short – again – this time against an opponent younger and far lower-ranked than him, who has yet to play an ATP match, and who has presumably enjoyed a fraction of the financial support and expert attention that has been lavished on Evans, but .,. why was I feeling sorry for him again?

Oh yeah. Failure on this grand a scale belongs to more than one individual. It isn’t Evans’, isn’t Ward’s, isn’t Murray’s for not playing (I still think he made exactly the right decision) and isn’t John Lloyd’s (who has to be feeling pretty nervous now that GB have lost five ties in a row). Something is rotten in Roehampton and unless the LTA makes drastic changes to the way that things are run (and the people they are run by), this will just keep on happening. I just wish I could believe that a loss this humiliating will change anything apart from the identity of the latest scapegoat.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Great Britain now face a relegation play-off against Turkey in July.

One Response to “D Cup: Go Lithuania!”

  1. jewell - Make tea, not war. said

    It’s £30-40 million for the LTA and less than £100 000 for Lithuania, comparing tennis budgets. *eyeroll*

    To be fair to Lloyd (because he’s a sex teddybear & I love him) he doesn’t exactly have a lot of options, particularly if people get injured.

    I think it was a winnable tie without Murray, anyway (& we’re perfectly capable of losing even *with* Murray in the team). I’m not even sure that it’s a talent gap, not at this level. We just don’t seem to have players able to show the heart & spirit required when it matters most.

    Perhaps it’s too much of a speculation, but I hear so much of a sense of entitlement in the comments that are made by players, captain, press – “all Evans has to do is hang tough; clearly the better player” from 5live (this made me laugh bitterly when the comment was made, at 4-all in the second set; it’s Evans, for God’s sake!); “he worked really hard”; “I thought my best would be good enough, I didn’t expect him to play that well for 5 sets.”

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