Sport England and UK Sport have announced their funding plans over the next four years.
Sport England has committed £17.4m to tennis as part of its Whole Sport Plan 2013-17 investment.
This includes £3.75m over the four year period to invest in the next generation of talented players, through more high quality coaching, training and support programmes for emerging young players.
There’s also a one year investment of £3.35m in the LTA’s plans to get more people playing, more often. Sport England has ring-fenced a further £10.3m to support grassroots tennis by 2017.
Simon Long, LTA Chief Commercial Officer:
“£17.4m is a substantial potential award for British tennis, and we are working closely with Sport England to ensure that we develop the best tennis offers to increase participation, whilst continuing to deliver a leading talent programme.”
Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith, said: “Tennis is a sport with big potential, particularly among women and disabled people. We’ve challenged the LTA to show it is connecting with communities beyond its traditional clubs and is getting more people out enjoying the game on tennis courts around the country.”
UK Sport announced that the Tennis Foundation has been awarded £1.9m for its wheelchair tennis performance programme over the next four-year cycle to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
This will be used for Athlete Personal Awards, research and development, coach development and a range of support to continue the success of the programme that won two medals at the London 2012 Games.
Great Britain Wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid (@GordonReid91) said on Twitter: "Big thanks to @UKSport & @TennisFndation for all their funding and support for wheelchair tennis. Preparation for Rio is well under way!!"