Anne Keothavong urges British female tennis players to ‘take responsibility’

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Anne Keothavong urges British tennis players to ‘take responsibility’ if they want to move up the rankings

  • Anne Keothavong tells players to ‘not blame others’ and that there are no ‘shortcuts’
  • Keothavong also emphasizes that players should stay focused on outside distractions
  • Great Britain is just one lap away from reaching next year’s world final

Anne Keothavong did not allow Great Britain’s female players to enjoy their Billie Jean King Cup victory over Mexico.

The GB captain recalled that if they want to improve their humble singles rankings, they must ‘take responsibility’.

After a 3-1 win that puts GB one round away from making it to next year’s world final, Keothavong is urging them to take advantage of the support they are getting, which is greater than that available to players from the most countries. “The players who were on the team this week all have the potential to be in the top 100 in the world, but it will take a lot,” she said.

Anne Keothavong urged Britain’s female tennis players to take responsibility for being successful

Great Britain is now just a lone victory away from reaching next year's world final

Great Britain is now just a lone victory away from reaching next year’s world final

‘They must be able to take responsibility for their own tennis. There are no shortcuts, but a lot of people believe in them and they have to find that belief in themselves.

Don’t blame others. They should seize the opportunity and get on with it, not let unnecessary things get distracted. ‘

She hasn’t specified it, but the latest reference may have hinted at the preoccupation some of them seem to have with social media.

It would help the broader case if there were more events playing in the UK, but as Keothavong pointed out, these are expensive to run due to Covid’s cost. “I’m sympathetic because I want to see more opportunities for players, but it also costs an awful lot,” she said. “Setting up a Challenger event now probably costs three or four times more than it did.”

Keothavong (left) talks to Heather Watson during the Billie Jean King cup playoffs

Keothavong (left) talks to Heather Watson during the Billie Jean King cup playoffs

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