9/20/12 3:18 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray is channeling current Scottish enthusiasm for all thing tennis into an initiative to build a national training centre north of the border for his compatriots.
The new US Open winner and his mother, British Fed Cup captain Judy, are championing the plan.
If anything, Murray is the anti-federation player, having learned most of his tennis in Scotland before being sent to Spain as a teenager to perfect his skills in the Iberian hothouse environment which churns out champions at regular intervals.
The British Lawn Tennis Association has a massive training facility in south London which cost more than $60 million but which has yet to bear much competitive fruit. Murray and his mum have slightly lesser ambitions for their homeland, which is chafing in some quarters for independence from London and revels in its own particular identity.
The closest facility for the younger Murray was the Scottish National Tennis Centre not far from his boyhood home of Dunblane, a facility of just six indoor courts and a pair of outdoor ones.
"One of the things that is missing in Scotland is a focal point for tennis that a lot of the promising juniors can go to practice at and have the best coaching," Murray told local media during a visit home.
"They have it in London but that doesn't always work for everybody. People like different environments and I think it would be nice if we could have a quality national tennis center.
"It doesn't need to cost £40 million (sterling) like the one in Roehampton. It will be much, much less than that. But if we could have something like that, I think it would make a big difference.
"It's a suggestion I will make and we'll see what happens. I know how difficult things like that can be to pass off and it is a lot of money as well but it would be a nice thing to have and I will support it."
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