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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
GB youngsters get funding boost
LTA chief executive Roger Draper
Draper wants to see promising young talents turned into winners
A new scheme aimed at nurturing future British tennis stars was unveiled at Wimbledon on Friday.

The Lawn Tennis Association is to spend 500,000 over the next three years supporting the David Lloyd Academy.

LTA chief executive Roger Draper said: "Our role is to create an environment in which we have more top 100 players who are capable of becoming champions."

David Lloyd said: "I see no reason why the academy cannot produce world-class tennis players."

The funding will be used to ensure that the coaching is in place to bring through players such as Jack Carpenter, the British under-14 number one and Liam Broady, Britain's top under-12 player.

Both youngsters already work with David Lloyd through their scholarships at Reed's School in Surrey where Britain's best player of recent years, Tim Henman, was educated.

As long as they have that inner desire, I'm confident we will start to get results

David Lloyd

Members of the David Lloyd Academy will also be able to train at the LTA's new National Tennis Academy at Roehampton.

Draper said: "This partnership will see the David Lloyd Academy drive forward the tennis careers of a series of nine-to-15-year-olds over the next three years."

Former British Davis Cup captain Lloyd added: "Our kids will have the best advice available.

"As long as they have that inner desire, I'm confident we will start to get results in three to four years' time."

Earlier this year, Lloyd threw his hat into the ring to be the LTA's new boss but saw Draper appointed.

He also expressed his desire to become the LTA's new performance director following the dismissal of David Felgate in May.

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