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jgmellor 01-11-2013 09:51 AM

New ESPN article on Spartak Academy
 
From Russia With Topspin

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Pro_Tour_630 01-11-2013 10:06 AM

what do we have here:

the older kids playing with Dunlop FORT a ball that is designed for red clay, it is heavy and hard, while playing on Hard court:confused:

the younger kids are playing with babolat Mid, which is the same as dunlop green ball. They are also using foam balls, no red no orange. which is what I did.

SO there you have it,,,,,,,,,,

TCF 01-11-2013 10:13 AM

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Bash and Crash 01-11-2013 10:48 AM

Good read, and video, like this line......
"An Audi, a Lexus and a BMW are parked in one of Spartak's lots. An Acura approaches the gate and unloads three kids, all of whom sling Babolat bags over their shoulders. The promised cold front has arrived, but so has the sun, which is reflecting brightly off the hood ornaments, making these new-model cars impossible to ignore"

as tennis becomes more expensive in Russia will be interesting to see what effect it has on their tennis talent at the top.

hhollines 01-11-2013 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Bash and Crash (Post 7112892)
as tennis becomes more expensive in Russia will be interesting to see what effect it has on their tennis talent at the top.

Agreed. Great read and thanks for posting. I suspect the expensive of tennis will likely have the same impact as it does in the U.S., hence why tennis is generally not an equal opportunity sport.

TennisCoachIN 01-11-2013 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Bash and Crash (Post 7112892)
Good read, and video, like this line......
"An Audi, a Lexus and a BMW are parked in one of Spartak's lots. An Acura approaches the gate and unloads three kids, all of whom sling Babolat bags over their shoulders. The promised cold front has arrived, but so has the sun, which is reflecting brightly off the hood ornaments, making these new-model cars impossible to ignore"

as tennis becomes more expensive in Russia will be interesting to see what effect it has on their tennis talent at the top.

When I read that I thought the same thing.

TCF 01-11-2013 02:41 PM

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Pro_Tour_630 01-11-2013 03:00 PM

yep kids already playing with phones and ipads in the photos

klu375 01-11-2013 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Bash and Crash (Post 7112892)
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as tennis becomes more expensive in Russia will be interesting to see what effect it has on their tennis talent at the top.

What effect? Right now there are no Russian boys or girls in Top-25 ITF rankings. Kazakhstan meanwhile is introducing tennis training in elementary and middle schools.

PBODY99 01-11-2013 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by klu375 (Post 7113496)
What effect? Right now there are no Russian boys or girls in Top-25 ITF rankings. Kazakhstan meanwhile is introducing tennis training in elementary and middle schools.

The feeling is that hunger builds champions. When co$t$ keep the most driven kids out, You fail to find your best players. Also, as other outlets are available to young athletes, fewer choose tennis.


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