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Last Updated: Tuesday September 25 2007 06:54 GMT

Top Brit tennis juniors suspended

Naomi Broady and David Rice
Two of Britain's best young tennis stars have been told off by bosses of the sport for their bad behaviour.

Both David Rice, the second-best British junior, and Naomi Broady, the national Under-18 champion, have been suspended, according to BBC Sport.

The players must behave professionally, but bosses found they'd been boasting about eating junk food and partying.

As top young players Rice and Broady get money while they train to become top players, and this has been stopped.

Neither of the players has admitted what has happened, and the Lawn Tennis Association hasn't confirmed which players have been punished.

The LTA found out what the players had been up to because they posted pics of themselves and talked about what they did on the internet site Bebo.

But the boss of the LTA chief Roger Draper told the BBC radio programme 5live Sport: "The people they're letting down the most is themselves."

He added: "They've either got to behave like professional athletes or go and do something else."

Andy Murray's view

Britain's top tennis player, Andy Murray, also spoke to the radio programme and said: "At a certain age everyone goes through a phase like this.

"I made some mistakes when I was 16 or 17 in Barcelona but now I don't go out, I don't drink, I don't smoke and none of the top players do."

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