Originally Posted by hhollines
"Southern,southern Cali,and Florida The Three Best!!!"
So the reality is, for the rest of us is, we will have to move to SoCal, FL, or TX to have the chance of becoming a top player. I don't want to believe that but the data is unbiased and that's what it says . . . the data is the data.
We are in Intermountain and it's a major challenge to find court time in the cold weather months and we just lose ground and over the years, it becomes a major issue . . . the delta gets bigger and bigger from the 12s to 14s to 16s to 18s. I guess it's Malcolm Gladwell's social environment argument. You need to be in a good social environment and otherwise it's a major challenge. We become big fish in a small pond.
It's a major issue for us parents in weaker sections. Why spend $ when the data is overwhelming? Lots of other sports requiring less $ with the same benefits. Or, and I would fight this in the past, the response is "move to CA or FL," if you want to have a chance at play top level tennis.
Maybe that's just the reality. Other thoughts?
I disagree with uprooting a family for tennis or sending a kid to an academy.
Uprooting a family for just tennis usually creates a pretty dysfunctional family life
and having a teenager unsupervised at an academy might lead to some good tennis, but not much else.
Unless, your plan is to have your junior go pro.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Have your junior be a hitter for other kid's lessons.
He/she gets the court time and still can work on their hitting.
Let folks know at your club that your junior will fill in for a missing adult doubles partner.
Again, more court time.