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GuideLTA Player Guide5In these pages you'll find profiles, stats and facts about some of our most talented senior and junior players, and I hope you find it useful as we come to the busiest, most exciting part of the British tennis summer. We're very fortunate in this country to be able to host some world class tennis events, from the AEGON Championships to the AEGON Classic and AEGON International, and of course, the finest of them all, The Championships, Wimbledon.For many of these players, the grass court season is an opportunity to showcase the hard work they put into being a professional player all year round. For others, it's an opportunity to inspire them to the next level, a goal to achieve.Each and every one of them will be doing their best to succeed, and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck over the coming season.In recent years, the Lawn Tennis Association has transformed the way we approach elite tennis in this country. We've invested in coaches, in a new system of talent ID, a performance network of clubs across the country, and the players themselves, and I am confident that we now have structures in place to deliver long term success. We're also focused on how we grow the game in the community. Our new campaign allplay is all about helping more people play tennis. You'll hear more about that over the coming months.Finally, I'd like to thank our lead partner, AEGON for their continued support at all levels of British tennis, and to wish you all an enjoyable and memorable grass court season.Roger Draper, CEO Lawn Tennis AssociationWelcome to the 2011 British Player Guide >

6LTA Player GuideLTA JuneThe grass court season kicked off at the AEGON Trophy in Nottingham. Elena Baltacha won the women's singles title whilst Alex Ward fought through to the quarter-finals. The British partnership of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski scooped the men's doubles title and Sarah Borwell took the honours in the women's doubles with American Raquel Kops-Jones.Home hopes were high that Andy Murray would retain his AEGON Championships title at the Queen's Club. Yet on two extraordinary days, a number of top seeds tumbled out including Murray who was beaten by Mardy Fish. Fish went on to secure the runners-up spot after losing out to fellow American Sam Querrey.At the AEGON Classic in Birmingham, Anne Keothavong and Laura Robson progressed to round two but eventual winner Na Li got the better of Keothavong, whilst Robson lost in two close sets to Yanina Wickmayer. In Eastbourne, Baltacha reached the last eight at the AEGON International with impressive wins over Na Li and Zheng Jie before winning the first set against Sam Stosur. Heather Watson had a superb week coming through qualifiers and beating world No.48 Aleksandra Wozniak in the main draw. 'Flemski' continued their good form by reaching the men's doubles final and James Ward put together an excellent run to reach the quarter-finals. The British 18U girls' team narrowly lost the Maureen Connolly Trophy as the US retained their title. James Marsalek scored an impressive victory at the AEGON Junior International whilst Tara Moore reached the final. As Wimbledon approached, Lisa Whybourn came one match away from qualifying for the main draw of The Championships.Baltacha and Keothavong were edged out in their Wimbledon first round matches. Laura Robson struck 13 aces but fell to Jelena Jankovic and Heather Watson made her Grand Slam debut. On the doubles court, wild cards Chris Eaton & Dominic Inglot stunned world No.1 pairing and two-time defending champions Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic in the second round eventually prevailing 8-6 in the fifth. Andy Murray's run came to end in the semi-finals as a red-hot Rafael Nadal prevailed and went on to claim a second Wimbledon crown whilst Serena Williams lifted the women's trophy for a fourth time. Five British juniors reached the third round of Junior Wimbledon for the first time in a decade after second round wins for Eleanor Dean, Laura Robson, Tara Moore, Oli Golding and James Marsalek, with Robson and Golding going on to reach their respective singles semi-finals. The junior Andy Murray's run to the final of the Australian Open was a major highlight for British tennis over the last twelve months. Here are a few others.>British Tennis Review