Originally Posted by sundaypunch
There already is a well established system for juniors with a hope of turning pro - USTA tennis. None of the serious tennis juniors in the USA have any interest in playing for their local HS team.
It's not that HS sports don't produce professional athletes. They just don't produce professional tennis players. Elite players end up at an academy, not a high school.
Comparing HS football and basketball to tennis is a flawed analogy. For these sports playing in HS then a D1 college is the conventional route to turning pro. That's not the case with tennis. Also, these sports have very large rosters on the HS team. This is in line with the mission of HS sports. Reducing a varsity tennis team to a handful of players serves no useful purpose.
First of all, Jack Sock comes to mind.
Secondly, changing HS tennis format is the key to making it a big deal. We are missing the boat on bringing great athletes into tennis. High school is the peak of playing careers for almost all junior players. We need to improve it.
The argument of participation is moot in that you could have as many JV teams as you would want with the help of parent volunteers.