Judy Murray believes facilities should be provided to help young talent build on her son Andy's Wimbledon triumph.

He became the first British player to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936, when he defeated Serbian Novak Djokovic in three sets on July 7, but his mother fears a lack of opportunities will prevent others from taking up the sport.

"The country will go tennis crazy. Kids and adults will want to try tennis and not all of them will get the opportunity," she told BBC Newsnight.

"The key is to make sure there are as many public courts in as many communities we can put them in if we're going to tap into this great imagination."

An issue that many feel prevents tennis in the UK from developing is the notion that it is exclusively middle-class, which is something that the British Fed Cup team coach wants to change.

"I'd like it to become way more inclusive. I think it still is [too elitist]. 

"Some moves have been made to make things better but there's still such a long way to go and there are huge swathes of the country where you can't find tennis courts.

"You need to build courts in areas where they currently don't exist for it to become a much more inclusive sport."

The coaching side of the game is another area where Murray feels the UK is lagging behind, and she has called for British coaches to expand the sport to children from less privileged areas.

"We need to get into rural areas and disadvantaged areas and get tennis to people that haven't had the opportunity to play," she said.

 

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