Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Independent Isle
I realized the other day another potential reason for the "demise" of American tennis. I believe this is true and if its wrong someone please correct me. It seems that in America, juniors always have a back up plan, NCAA (college) tennis. Sure many of them start with the aspirations of becoming a pro tennis player, but in the back of their mind they know that if they can't be a pro tennis player (based on amateur results) they can always get a scholarship to play college tennis.
In Europe I believe there is no back up plan. If you don't have promising results as a junior you kind of give up the game. Granted more and more international players are heading to the States to play NCAA tennis, its much less of a back up plan than American players.
Back to Asia, if she's going to be a rising star for USA if anything she is going to be a late bloomer. She has accomplished a lot in doubles, but girls like Harkleroad won 18s single events at 14 years old. And while junior results don't necessarily correlate to pro success, you have to admit it might be an uphill battle for Asia.