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2005 Mar 11 - Kasiri dropped by LTA

2004 Wimbledon boys finalist Miles Kasiri has been dropped from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) National Training programme and will receive no funding and little support until he can convince the LTA he is still a solid investment.

Mark Petchey (LTA Manager of Menís National Training) said:

"Miles has an abundance of talent and potential which is not being fulfilled for a variety of reasons.

"In June I want to be convinced he is ready to take on the challenge of being a professional tennis player."

Although disappointed, Miles has accepted the steps taken by the LTA. He said:

"There are a number of factors which have contributed to my performances in 2005.

"We have all agreed it would be beneficial for me to spend a period of time away where I can address these and return a better player.

"I see this as a positive step in my progression as a tennis player."

Alex Bogdanovic received similar treatment in April 2004 when his LTA backing was withdrawn until he proved his commitment to the sport. He then bounced back with renewed enthusiasm which convinced the LTA to take him under their wing again three months later.

Miles was coached at the world famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida before returning to the UK and being coached by the LTA. His former mentor - Nick Bollettieri - gave an insight into the mind of Miles Kasiri in an interview with the Independent newspaper recently:

"He was barely 18 when he finished with us. He had - and apparently still has - a critical weak point in his mental approach.

"He has no ability to control his temper and, just as bad, no insight into how detrimental that is to his game.

"When he lost his cool on the court, he did so absolutely. He just lost the plot. He couldn't control his temper, and that affected his game.

"He's not malicious, or a mean guy. But he currently lacks the discipline to be a special player."

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