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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced the 21 players that have been selected for Team Aegon 2013.
The Team Aegon programme provides the highest level of performance support from the LTA, as well as training support at performance venues either in Great Britain or abroad. Selection for the Team Aegon programme is based upon demonstrating the highest level of performance, and the potential to compete against the very best tennis players in the world.
It also includes international travel assistance, and gives players a range of sport science support including medical, physical, psychological and nutritional assistance.
Leon Smith, LTA Head of Men’s and Women’s Tennis, said: “We recognise that whether a player succeeds is ultimately down to them, but we are committed to identifying and supporting these talented athletes, in order to help them to maximise their potential, and inspire more people to play and follow tennis.”
Ian Murray, Head of Sponsorship at Aegon, added: “We’re delighted to continue supporting the LTA with the development of the most talented tennis players in the country through Team Aegon and the Aegon FutureStars programmes.”
Those performance players not retained for Team Aegon will continue to receive support from the LTA in the form of access to the National Tennis Centre, and the Tournament Bonus scheme which rewards success for players competing in Futures and Challenger events as well as on the ATP/WTA Tours. In 2013, there will be 38 weeks of playing opportunities on the Aegon GB Pro Series.
The LTA also supports 486 Aegon FutureStars who are recognised as the best junior players within their age groups across the country. For more information on how the LTA financially supports performance players please visit: www.lta.org.uk/Playerfunding.
The full list of players offered Team Aegon contracts for 2013 is as follows: