I'm hoping there will be free tennis coaching at the grammar school for complete no-hopers.
You may well be justified in that hope, mystery. There is a theory that what we need are exponentially more children playing tennis at all levels and that by massively widening the base of the pyramid we will, de facto, increase the numbers at the top of it. This is based on the fact that far more children play tennis in countries such as France and Spain than do here, though as we have heard on the Forum, this cultural transference doesn't necessarily work, and that is true of sport as it is of education. Better weather would obviously help too
Contrary to popular belief we, as a country, are actually hugely successful in junior tennis; it's the transition to the professional ranks which is where the problems lie.
The concept put forward in Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers
and expanded by Matthew Syed in Bounce
is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master anything, be it a musical instrument, computer programming or a sport. The issue with tennis is that that practice has to start at a sufficiently young age that the driving force behind it is inevitably going to be the parents (or A parent). I suspect this may well be true of music too, but I have no expert knowledge in that field.
Schlepping around the world playing minor tennis tournaments takes a rare degree of determination and commitment, and it may well be that children who have alternative options open to them, particularly more academic options, will choose to follow a different path once they are old enough to make that choice for themselves.