Sir Clive serves up new strategy

Former England coach Clive Woodward looks set to lend his expertise to the tennis fraternity.

Currently employed by Southampton Football Club, Woodward is to meet with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to discuss how his methods can be utilized to develop the careers of England’s top tennis players.

Before the Lions tour to New Zealand last year, Woodward was regarded as one of world rugby’s top tacticians. His innovative strategies helped England win the World Cup in 2003 and himself an MBE, and following his exit from the game in 2005 he was offered a job at Southampton FC as a technical advisor.

LTA chief executive Roger Draper is keen to pick Woodward’s brains and introduce some of his ideas to tennis.

“The LTA is keen to learn from other sports,” Draper told the Daily Mirror. “Clive has proved the value that can come from the EyeThink technology and we feel there may be benefits that can be applied to tennis.

“Clive has spent a couple of days at Queen’s Club with many of our players and they really enjoyed working with it.”

One of the more inspired moves performed by Woodward during his tenure as England coach was the appointment of a fulltime ‘visual awareness coach’. Dr Sherylle Calder of South Africa worked with the England players to develop their co-ordination skills and needless to say, it paid dividends.

Calder is no longer available to Woodward, as she is currently under contract to the Springboks.