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Old 01-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #62
Misterbill
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Originally Posted by tennis5 View Post
A dad said to me the other day, who played D1, that if he faced the same competition today, he is not sure he would get a spot.

This dad who did get a spot, years ago, has invested that love of tennis in his son.

Now, if the son doesn't get a spot,
will that junior then turn into a dad who then doesn't instill the love of tennis in his son
as he knows there are no spots for Americans?

It is a downward spiral for American tennis when you take away the opportunities.

Foreigners in American college tennis and the bizarre reductions that the USTA has coming up will be the nail in the coffin.
Very few dads who played D1 baseball, basketball, football, hockey, whatever a generation ago would be able to get a spot on a D1 roster today with their generation-ago skills.

This is not a situation unique to tennis.

And this does not mean there is a downward spiral in baseball, football etc.

Tennis players in the US have not been able to keep up with the state of the art in their sport as much as US athletes in other sports
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