British tennis 'not acceptable' Murray

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Andy Murray says the standard of British tennis is 'not acceptable' after nine home players lost in the first round at Wimbledon.

The 22-year-old British number one progressed into the second round on Tuesday evening when he defeated American world number 76 Robert Kendrick from California 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-4 on centre court.
However, he could not hide his disappointment at the fact only British number two woman, Elena Baltacha, followed him past the first hurdle from 11 home nations players.
Murray said: "It's disappointing. The depth needs to get way better. It's not acceptable.
"But regardless of whether there are 10 Brits in or just one I'm still going to take care of my own business."
On thinking too much about the state of British tennis, he added: "I think when you start doing that you get distracted and you're not putting 100% focus on yourself, which is what I'm going to need to do the next couple of weeks."
Murray will now play Latvian Ernest Gulbis in round two on Thursday, while Baltacha, who beat Alona Bondarenko 3-6 6-3 6-4, will bid to reach the third round for the only the second time since 2002 when taking on Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium.

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