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  Wednesday, 11 July, 2001, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Goran offers to help LTA
Goran Ivanisevic
Goran Ivanisevic arrives home in Split
Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has offered to help the Lawn Tennis Association in their search for new British talent.

The Croat was treated as an honorary Brit as he swept past Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski on his way to victory at the All England Club.

And as he made a triumphant return to his home in Split, Ivanisevic offered his services to the LTA to help coach youngsters.

"I would love to take on the role they were offered, but for free because I like the All England Club," he told the Sun newspaper.

Goran Ivanisevic
Ivanisevic celebrates his title
"Kids are great. You can joke and have fun. They are honest. They don't lie. I like tennis and I like people.

"If I had the opportunity when I was young, I would have loved to play against someone big. It would have been a big help.

"Now I would like to teach the youngsters."

The LTA has welcomed the offer, although any concrete arrangement could be some way off.

"Goran is a great champion and he would always be welcome at the LTA whenever we see him in London or elsewhere," said a spokesman.

The role is similar to one proposed for the Williams sisters that would be aimed at changing the culture of what is often perceived as a middle-class sport.

The LTA are currently investing 10m a year in grass-roots tennis in a bid to increase accessibility for players of all ages to facilities and coaching.

They have already started an inner-city initiative in the London borough of Hackney, with the help of former England footballer Ian Wright, which is attracting interest from other cities around Britain.

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