Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by sureshs, May 5, 2009.
All of this despite that fact that many of the top players didn't experience any of said conditions.
Nads and Fed come from upper middle class families with no deprivation.
Was Federer poverty stricken or deprived? What about McEnroe? Sampras? Querrey?
Deprivation as motivation
Definitely arguing this as the state of play going forward. Also, I think we assume to players come from rich backgrounds. Fed, Gulbis, maybe Nadal, Murray. Who else is rich?
The Serbs aren't rich and deprivation during the bombing was no deterrent to their development.
IMO, if deprivation is the key ingredient in the development of a world class athlete, then the United States would be the doormat of the Olympic games.
There is a big difference in being rich vs middle class vs poor, in motivation and in resources. Look through the bios of the top 100 ATP players and you'll find most come from middle to upper middle class families. Sure, there are rags to riches stories, but not many - they just get all the publicity.
The things is, being poor and hungry just isn't enough in tennis. This isn't basketball - you can't hone your skills for free on the playground with tons of high-quality built-in competition, get world-class coaching and training for free in college, and get drafted and at a minimum ride the pine for $500k per year all expenses paid.
Right on. Plus, our media does a "sensational" job adding plenty of frosting to the rags to riches stories. Don't get me started on some of these tennis commentators.
Has anyone heard about this kid lately ???
He's apparently living in Finland:
Gorgeous setting and nice ball striking!
I hope he does well. That is a beautiful place.
Granite and Ga immediately are thinking vacation 2 real men on here posting !Haha
I wish i could afford a vacation like that!!!
Is he 12 yet? Looks pretty good on video, but may lack real match experience. TRN showed he played one B12 match in CA in September 2011 and lost to a kid, who may be 2-3 years older, but ranked almost 700.
World traveling, tennis playing kid.
i will be getting in touch with Scott Silva soon to see how he and Jan are doing would be nice to hear from them . Scott you can run but you cant hide old friend I am coming see you and Jan to encourage you guy with lots of love and hugs !!!
He looks like he is 8 years old.
born 2001, so 12 this year.
His strokes is good but not highest level for that age.
I wanted to say the same but did not. 10 yr old Jan could not beat a 12 yr old boy ranked almost 700. I know a few 10 yr old won gold ball.
Jan strokes look really nice. He still looks so young.
What happened this afternoon. Seen Number 1 got banned and TCF erased all his posts again???
You don't want to know.
Threads disappeared also...
So Jan fizzled out? Another cautionary tale?
I also saw a report that the family moved to Finland, but can't substantiate it. From his record he appears to be a good player, far the top of his age group. His father used to post here.
For me I'd call it cautionary from the standpoint that over-hyping a child is just wrong. Kids can't process and understand the exposure.
any news on jan silva?
i think he is a sophomore now in high school?
just curious how this prodigy is now doing.
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