Tuesday, September 25, 2007

LTA suspends top British junior player

Naomi Broady, Great Britain's national under-18 champion, has been suspended by the Lawn Tennis Association for violation of her contract. The specific reasons given for the suspension were "unprofessional behavior" and "lack of discipline." The LTA took this action after discovering Broady's photos and personal writings on a social networking site. Also suspended was the second-highest ranked junior male player, David Rice.

The LTA took away Broady's funding and her coach because of what is described by the BBC as "a lifestyle of partying, drinking and eating junk food." On her Bebo page, Broady wrote that she hates "hangovers after a good night owt" (doesn't do much for your spelling, either). Broady's Bebo pages (and Rice's) were unlocked, so anyone could view them.

Top British ATP player Andy Murray commented: "Being professional is the main thing that you need to get right. If you don't have that then you're never going to make it."

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