College tennis questions...

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by martini1, May 23, 2012.

  1. martini1

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    First off congrats to USC winning the title doing the 4 peat.

    I can't help but wonder... Tennis is very different from basketball or football. Players need time to develop. Singles tennis being a individual game, one can start playing in the ATP/WTA as early as a teen, and 28 is considered retirement age unless you are on the top. And even as a jr there is the jr level of grand slam etc.

    So why do they go play in college? Is that really mean they are not as good or they just want a college degree to "fall back on"?
     
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  2. floridatennisdude

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    Kind of a bleak way to put it, but yes they are not that good.

    No one goes to college if they are tour ready. Seeing as you need to be top 150ish in the world to sustain a living, having that degree to fall back on is a pretty nice safety net. Going pro is really hard.

    Let's be real about pro tennis...there are a couple dozen millionaires. A hundred or so that earn a six figure income. Another hundred or so flirt with the poverty line. The rest can't afford to live without substantial backing from family or sponsors...and there really aren't that many sponsors trying to support the #200 player in the world (that can't even get into a major).

    The alternative is to play college, get a degree at a free or reduced rate, and get on with your life. A few college players may go on to play pro that are "late bloomers", but not too many.
     
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  3. Art Rust Jr

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    A number of factors:
    1. It's become very difficult, even for the very best juniors in the world, to make an impact in the pros when they are just 18 years old. Most aren't physically mature enough, and many aren't mentally mature enough.
    2. Top college programs offer a free (or nearly free for the top juniors) opportunity for a college education, excellent coaching, training staff, facilities, practice partners. They are fed well. The alternative is travelling around less than glamorous futures sites, staying in lousy accomodations, trying to find a coach, probably eating like crap. Depending on how much support the player receives from his or her federation, this is very costly.
    3. It looks like more players are finding the college route, even if only for a year or two, a much more attractive, cost effective means to reaching their ultimate goal of becoming a professional.

    It sounded like your question was why would anyone who is serious about pursuing a professional tennis career even consider college. These are just a few of many reasons.
     
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  4. martini1

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    Good answers there, guys. Thanks. I don't want to bash college players and I know it is super tough to crack the top 150, even with tons of luck.

    The glamour of the pro circuit is reserved for the special few, the super human.
     
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  5. bluetrain4

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    In terms of the American kids, most of these kids and their families are not idiots. They know that there are limited opportunities to make a living playing tennis - you have to be very, very good. And, I think most of these players know that they can't make any sort of consistent impact on the pro tour. Most (not all) of them know pretty early that they will play in college, not pros.

    Sure, they may try their hand at Futures or other prize money tournaments in the summer or maybe a little after graduation, but beyond the few who are really, really trying to fashion some sort of pro career (either because they are genuinely talented, a few are delusional) I think most of the others are just sort of playing around.

    Yes, there are a handful every year who really do make a choice between college and a pro career. But, for so many college players, I don't think they're really choosing between the two. Most are going to go to college anyway, so why not play tennis while they're there and maybe get some financial assistance for doing so?

    I see a lot of young, good players, and their goal is "to get a scholarship", not necessarily to go pro.

    I'm not sure how it works for non-American players and what the considerations are. I'd have to think there would be some other factors at play.
     
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  7. martini1

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    They are day and night compared to tennis. NCAA basketball is the gold mine for nba recruiters. If u win the title the 5 starters are most likely got into the nba. For tennis if u r really good at age of 16-17 u should be playing in top jr torney and training camps. You cannot go to college at 17-18 and do that at the same time. Schools are interested for u to play for them, not for yourself getting ATP points.
     
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