While they are never likely to be confused with Les Quatre Mousquetaires, the quartet of French tennis virtuosos who dominated the sport in the 1920s and whose contributions have been enshrined in every corner of Roland Garros, Judy Murray seems delighted with the four leading females in the British game.
Murray has been at the Edgbaston Priory Club this week helping, advising and overseeing the progress made by her Fed Cup team in the soggiest of AEGON Classics – and that really is saying something – and their preparations for Wimbledon where the glare of public attention will undoubtedly, once again, be at its most unforgiving.
She does so with a new British No.1, Anne Keothavong, whose passage to the semi finals in Nottingham last week saw her leapfrog Elena Baltacha in the world rankings, looking to return to the top 50 for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury in 2009.
For her part Baltacha is trying to learn a few new tricks to break through the glass ceiling that has prevented her from taking her power-based game higher up the WTA standings. But she remains a dependable and difficult opponent.
And the younger generation, which for the last 30 years has never seemed to arrive, are showing signs of doing just that and performing tennis alchemy by transforming excellent junior careers on to the professional arena.
As things stand there is nothing to put between former Wimbledon Girls champion Laura Robson and 2009 US Open Junior titlist Heather Watson but their rankings of 114 and 111 are decent staging posts from where to justify their potential.
Both have big improvements to make but with Robson still only 18 and Watson only just out of her teens, Murray is optimistic.
“In the last two months I have seen a big improvement in both Heather and Laura’s games,” the AEGON GB Fed Cup team captain said.
“I think they are really stepping up and if they can really tackle the grass court season positively and aggressively they can do well.
“Laura has a very heavy game, big ground-strokes, big first serve and she could really hit her way through the grass.
“We saw her win the Junior Wimbledon title when she was just 14 so she has big potential to really play well on this surface, and also being left handed is a really big advantage.
“Heather has really stepped up in the last month or so, she is hitting heavier, serving bigger and working harder.
“She is really starting to understand what goes in to being a tennis pro and what is the difference between where she is currently ranked and maybe her next target around 50. She is starting to understand what she needs to do better to get herself up there. That’s exciting for both of them.”
Much of Murray’s confidence is drawn from the quartet’s first Fed Cup campaign under her charge when they reached a World Group play-off against Sweden. The wins over Portugal, the Netherlands, Israel and Austria didn’t exactly threaten the feats of Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste, who guided France to six successive Davis Cups in the interwar years, but they were as well as GB has done in the women’s team competition for a couple of decades.
“We managed to build a really good team spirit, we had a lot of fun, achieved a lot of good results and it’s all positive for the future because we have got four great girls,” Murray said.
“What they achieved and their personalities on and off the court has helped to raise the profile for British women’s tennis and also for the Fed Cup.
“A lot of people said to me they were never aware of the Fed Cup before but when we went to Sweden Eurosport covered it and some of the national media came over as well. That’s great for promoting women’s tennis and promoting the girls.”
But Murray also knows what would really do that would be a British player winning two or three rounds at Wimbledon, something that has not happened for a generation.
But Les Quatre Mousquetaires had to start somewhere.