Originally Posted by southerncross
I've been following Emira on Youtube for a year or two, and am mystified as to why she's not played matches, yet. Surely the desire to play tennis is about the game itself. Otherwise it's a sad mix of parental ambitions, fear of the real risk of failure (where all the real learning is done on the court) and the inevitable result she ends up a mechanical player without a mental game. You can be sure Federer, Murray and Nadal played tournaments first, and endured a regimental coaching regime later, to better their game. I would place every cent I had on Emira not making it while she's kept in her barn hitting balls like a back-firing ball machine. She obviously has great talent, but so do thousands of other juniors who never 'make it', because their mental game was stunted by over-protective and/or over-ambitious parents avoiding matches they never wanted their 'puppets' to play.
I think holding off on competition a little longer than most juniors might be a good thing.
I think many juniors get burned out before reaching anywhere near their maximum potential in the overplaying of pressure tournaments at a young age.
Who is to say this girl is not playing competitive matches that her coach sets up?
Anyway, her follow through looks weird to me....but I'm just a tennis mom, not a coach.