Originally Posted by Chemist
TCF, You have a very special and talented 8 yr old. If she doesn't complain about playing tournaments and enjoys collecting plastic trophies, you should let (or even encourage) her play. I would sign her up for another tournament this big pusher is to play to have a rematch. BTW, you may want to search for applicants and check Tennisrecruiting.net to see if any high ranked 11-12 year olders are to play. Many blue chippers and 5 stars play local tournaments in Florida. You may have to drive a couple of hours... She will get to play quality players, including a few better pushers than the one she played last weekend. Players are stronger surely for higher level tournaments. As many posters suggested, our kid can learn so much more from tournament matches than match plays.
playing her up is smart , like the other poster said he is in a win win situation !!!
My player owned the 10's by 8 and was in control of most the 12's, top 10 by 9 yr of age so will have to see if she gets near that ,, Fl. is comparable to CA