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Old 09-13-2012, 01:26 PM   #19
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The changes to the competition schedule have nothing to do with that, except Pmac thinks that by reducing the amount of national competition the sport will look more attractive to parents deciding what sports there kid should focus on at the age of 8,9,10, etc(his own words). You are mixing apples and oranges.
It is not mixing apples and oranges. If playing at a higher level is more focused on local competition and not about endless travels, it is far more attractive to parents with modest income which equals more kids.

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Keep in mind the changes were not just to national tournaments, they eliminated half of the sectional events that had national ranking point too. The changes to the national competition schedule are about focusing more on top players and eliminating the riff-raff.
USTA shouldn't care of middling top players who have no chance of going pro. There are only handful of kids who have realistic chances of that. I would support making the pool of USTA backed-players at the very top even smaller.

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Top players are not produced by federations. They are produced by coaches, parents, and systems that allow them to thrive.
Not all parents can afford time/money to do so. Once a talent is identified, USTA needs to provide the resources to take them to the very high level. It does not mean parents cannot be involved.


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Except that is not the choice they are making. They are not shifting any resources from the top 200-300-400 to the 200,000-300,000-400,00. They are shifting resources from the top 200-300-400 to focus in the top 1-50-100.
Then they are doing the right thing. The chances of top 200, 300, 400 player becoming the next Agassi is virtually nil. USTA should only focus on small number of kids with exceptional talent. USTA should also focus on getting thousands of more kids involved so that you can develop more exceptional talent just by brute numbers.

Anything in between is not something USTA should care more about. Who cares if there are 50 more NCAA players from US? Do you seriously think that is going to inspire some kid to take up tennis?

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