Originally Posted by Chemist
Agree! Flying to Waco, TX from many east coast cities would cost more and take longer than flying to London.
Most top kids are trained in an academy, likely out of their own sections, it would increase their travelling costs significantly to play sections. Being home-schooled or on-line schooled, they, especially those who are older than 16, would rather spend that money to fly to South America or to Europe to play ITF. After all, they can get so much better competition than playing sections. If juniors want to go to college, the ITF ranking and experience should mean more than USTA national ranking to college coaches.
Agree very much about ITF ranking and experience more than USTA Nationals for college coaches!