ZOO Tennis - 10/15/2012
I first heard over the weekend from the Running Forehand blog that Andrea Collarini, who had played under the US flag for more than two years, including at 2010's US Open Junior Championships, will return to playing for Argentina, where he grew up and developed prior to receiving a USTA grant for training in Boca Raton.
Today, the Asociación Argentina de Tenis (AAT) emitted a release that rejoiced many:
Andrea Collarini will, from now on, once again represent Argentina on the ATP Tour, “a very important decision” for the young lefty:
“I was born in the United States, but I lived and developed my tennis in Argentina for as long as I can remember,
and have even represented what I feel is my country.
I value the experience I gained in the United States, but my place is here.”
NYT - 2010
Earlier in 2010, he moved with his coach, Diego Moyano, to Boca Raton, Fla., to be a part of the U.S.T.A.’s training program, setting off wrinkles of anger in much of Argentina....
... In that same article, Collarini told Robson that the U.S.T.A. “pays me everything,” meaning that they are now providing financial backing for his touring of the junior and pro circuit, not uncommon from an up-and-coming junior player.