parents, why pay for your kid to play tennis in college? isn't the purpose of college to prepare/train you to get a job/be self-supporting,, or at least prep you for grad school? can't the kids find other good players to hit with occasionally on weekends while attending college to feed their love of the game? is it "play tennis instead of drinking beer?" i didn't play sports in college, started playing usta adult tournaments 20 years ago. i am a tennis fanatic and love the game. and i don't mean to be judgmental, but why would a parent encourage their kid to pursue tennis beyond high school--it is just going to put the kid behind in the real world. i understand that some kids might want to become teaching pros, but i doubt that accounts for a large number. maybe the kid could get a fun job related to tennis--a sporting goods company rep--ok, but that's really just another sales job. after watching my share of usta juniors and their parents, i think some parents of college players must be thinking that maybe "my kid is just a year or two away from really breaking thru and possibly being a pro." that's a cool idea, but to say it's realistic is delusional. prolonging childhood beyond the age of 18 seems to be doing the kid a disservice in the long run. it's good for everyone's ego, but there ain't no free lunch. i know i'm old school, but what am i missing?