LTA denies snubbing Andy and Jamie Murray, launches new Murray Trophy
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has named a new tournament after the Murray family after rejecting suggestions they “snubbed” the family when they excluded them from the recent LTA rebrand.
Eyebrows were raised in April when the LTA failed to mention or use any images of Andy, Jamie or Judy Murray during their Tennis Opened Up rebrand.
This despite Andy being a three-time Grand Slam singles winner and Jamie a two-time men’s doubles major champion and four-time mixed doubles winner. Mother Judy, meanwhile, was a former Fed Cup captain and also trained both her sons during the early stages of their careers.
However, the LTA is rebuilding the relationship with the family as they have launched the Murray Trophy, a Challenger Tour event that will take place in September with Jamie set to feature in the doubles.
“The feedback out of that was a bit of a storm in a teacup,” LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd is quoted as saying in The Telegraph. “There is absolutely no snub of Andy or Jamie. I think Andy and Jamie’s desire for a legacy and for tennis to thrive goes beyond a photograph.
“It’s about doing the right things, putting our money in the right places, and capitalising on the fantastic career that they’ve both had. Those are the conversations we’re having with Jamie, with Andy and his team, with Judy [Murray, the family matriarch].
“We are announcing that the ATP Challenger in Glasgow will be called the Murray Trophy – we’ve been working with Jamie on that for the last 18 months. The dialogue with the Murrays I’d say is as open and constructive as it’s ever been.”
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