Yes. This is the problem. I can’t handle it.
I am in awe of these juniors
So, serious training begins by age 9, if they are playing competitively at 12.
It takes at least 3 years to gain real skills, I would imagine.
As for people who do not spend $80,000 a year,
what is a typical junior training week? How much is a more normal monthly budget?
I know one guy who spend about $40,000 a year. That comes to about $3500 a month.
How does one make it onto the top 100 national juniors ?
What if you're good, but do not play tournaments?
Is the list distorted ?
Obviously the percentage isn't in the 90% but many college players, especially accomplished ones go on to coach college or build a decent junior coaching career. Both of our Volunteer assistants (former players) this year will have collegiate coaching jobs next year based on what they showed this year in their knowledge of the game and the connections they made with coaches while playing. Additionally the connections may not be directly to another person but rather just that they played a collegiate sport so their perspective employers or grad schools know they are highly disciplined and determined to succeed.Yet again, is "contacts" just another unchecked assumption that everyone just nods in agreement?
Has anyone ever verified this? Does anyone know someone who got a job from a tennis teammate?
I know ex-D1 players. They have not used this mythical contact network to get anything.
They are not even living in the same city as one other player from their team.
Tennis has literally zero effect on their adult lives. They want nothing to do with tennis.