I'd like to hear from the parents of the average kid why you want him/her to play competitive tennis. Junior is not extremely gifted, but talented enough to keep improving and moving up the ranks. College scholarships is not a consideration. Academics takes priority in the household. Private lessons and group training cost $500/month. Then there's the 2-4 hour travel to tourneys twice a month. Sometimes she encounters cheaters, parents behaving badly, all in all a bad tournament experience. Sometimes junior breaks through and gets a medal. Always on the treadmill chasing points and rankings but there's always someone better than you. What I hate the most are the cheaters and obnoxious fence-hanging parents. After 4 years junior goes to college (not on tennis scholarship). Dad & mom have spent over $25,000 on tennis and what did junior learn from it all? What makes it all worthwhile?