Originally Posted by TennisCoachFLA
Serena was 46-3 and ranked #1 in her age group when Richard pulled her from juniors.
Venus was 63-0 and ranked #1 in the 12s when she stopped juniors.
So my point is that if these parents think the Williams bypassed juniors they are wrong. They were hardened competitors before they were pulled and even after that never ducked a practice match against the very best girls.
Same with Sharapova....she didn't chase rankings but did play lots of junior tournaments around Florida. She would work her way through the draws. At 13 she won the Eddie Herr 16s. So she did play her share of other top juniors.
The girls who grow up overseas play the ITF tournaments. So I am curious as to how these girls do who will try to jump right into competition on the pro level without entering any junior tournies of note.
Thanks for the info but do you have the USTA record? I could up date their wikipedia if I wanted to - meaning - wikipedia is not that reliable.
For example - everyone knows that the sisters never played Juniors in Florida. Macci traveled to California to recruit them and once they came to Florida they never played junior tournaments. In fact, Macci tried to get them to play some for the experience but Richard refused.
My niece is the same age of Venus and played all thru the Juniors and it was always comical to her that everyone believed Richard when he said that Venus was top in the Juniors in California and all the top juniors knew she never played.
Anyway - not to keep the point alive - because I, like you, believe in playing.