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British tennis is suffering from a lack of belief

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Andy Murray apart, British tennis players seem unable to produce the goods at major championships.

For nigh on a decade now, Murray has been flying the flag for Britain all around the world, but it seems highly unlikely there will be someone to replace him, male or female, when he retires from the game.

It is not down to a lack of ability, far from it, as Heather Watson and James Ward have shown at Wimbledon this year. It is simply down to a lack of belief.

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It may seem hard to criticise Watson for losing to Serena Williams. She was 3-0 up in the final set with a double break, she even served for the match at 5-4, but she lost, and that's what ultimately matters. When in a winning position, she was not mentally tough enough to see it through.

The same can be said of Ward, who lost in five sets to Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Ward was two sets to one ahead but lost the last two sets to exit the tournament.

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Ward has never reached the last 32 of a Grand Slam tournament before, and this was his big chance, but he blew it.

Mixing with the best

Again, it was a lack of mental toughness. He had a chance to close the match out, but as with Watson before him, he was unable to do so.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Britain does have tennis players both male and female with the ability to mix it with the best, however, it is also very worrying that apart from Murray, those players are lacking in self-belief and mental toughness.

One thing's for sure – if things do not change in the next two or three years, British tennis will almost certainly be consigned to the scrap heap for another couple of decades or possibly even longer.

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Wimbledon
Tennis
Heather Watson
Andy Murray

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