Originally Posted by Soianka
I think you raise a good point. There is not much transitional help for players looking to transition out of juniors into the pros, so it becomes almost an impossibility unless the player is among the select few chosen by the USTA to give support of the player has wealthy benefactors.
Otherwise, it can be a lonely and expensive road trying to move out of the pro circuit onto the WTA or ATP level tournaments.
I would be great if there was some stuctured support in place for people trying to do that from the USTA.
What would also be great is if the prize money was more equitably distributed to the first few rounds of tournaments and to the lower level tournaments.
I think if you win a pro circuit level 10,000 tournament, you get around 1 WTA point and maybe 1,000 dollars, That certainly is not enough to cover travel expenses and training for that tournament.
If the money was shifted a little more downward so that these women and men are making enough to survive and train, we might see more people able to make some moves onto the respective tours.
I am not saying the "journeyman" player should get rich, but they should be able to make enough to train, travel to the next tournie, save a little and not have to live like paupers just scraping by.
Exactly...and I'm not even saying that the support should be a "hand-out"...it could be coupled with a repayment scheme or the agreement of the recipient to donate time and grow the game...send the message to future players that tennis is a great sport and that if you try hard enough and get good enough, you are not alone. Economically, the USTA would be in the exact same position..of course, the P/D freeloaders would have to get real jobs...and, yes, more money (even expenses for JR tournaments) would go a long way towards growing the game.