Parents? Aren't you assuming now that they can provide expert coaching that is now necessary at a very young age?
As the tennis world expands, coaches say, top-level instruction at an early age becomes more important. This doesn’t surprise Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, a psychology professor at Florida State University who studies how people acquire expertise. After years of research on elite athletes and musicians, Ericsson has found that over time, experts generally need more practice and better training. Take chess, which Ericsson has examined with the help of computers that compare today’s best players to past champions.