Originally Posted by TCF
From what he told me, the more affluent kids are populating the tennis training. And you think American kids have attitudes? He said nothing compares to the arrogance of a kid raised by the 'new money' Chinese parents. The tennis coaches are their toys.
So if people are thinking either very hungry kids like the Serbian or poorer Russians, or a government brutal system like the Chinese gymnastics, that is not what is happening with Chinese tennis.
These rich kids play tennis and golf because these are rich people's sports. The parents may hire a full time tennis coach as their baby sitter. It's the major tennis schools in Wuhan, Sichuan, Tianjin that have developed Li Na, Zheng Jie, and Peng Shuai are really serious in training kids. They are hiring the best tennis coaches. I believe they recruited most of their kids from families that are struggling economically. These kids won't be less hungry than those in Russia and Eastern EU, because their life and perhaps their families' life depend on their future success.