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Lads, dont be surprised to see Irish tennis players playing at the grand slams in a few years time. This programme is the first of its kind in ireland for any sport, its run by tennis ireland technical director Garry Cahill and was initially set up by Belgian Ivo Van Aken a former Federation cup coach to the Belgian team. All the junior players are training fulltime at the national training centre at dublin city university and it is residential. According to Tennis Ireland the fulltime programme is 75% based on the one in Belgium, so maybe someday ireland will regain their glory days that we had in the 1890's. Apparently to train fulltime it costs around 20,000 Euro per year in Dublin. There is one player in particular, bulgarian Mariyana Levova who has already applied for an irish passport, she hopes to play on the federation cup team this year for Ireland. To find out go to the www.tennisireland.ie and then go to the juniors section and go from there.
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I hope I can root for an Irish female player one day. That would be fantastic. It just needs one top player for tennis to truly take off here. I remember playing a lot when I was younger, and I actually remember going to play in the inter provincials one time and I got to the final, beating the three of the four seeded players along the way, and then when there was team selection after that all those players were picked. They never got in touch with me again. They cater for the people with money here. Shitheads
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I hope I can root for an Irish female player one day. That would be fantastic. It just needs one top player for tennis to truly take off here. I remember playing a lot when I was younger, and I actually remember going to play in the inter provincials one time and I got to the final, beating the three of the four seeded players along the way, and then when there was team selection after that all those players were picked. They never got in touch with me again. They cater for the people with money here. Shitheads
Yes unfortunatley tennis is a middle and upper class game in ireland but im from working class and i play i think its getting a bit more popular, after the disaster that was the Collins Cup didnt help either. It was a good idea but the guy who ran it was an utter retard, with no business skills very much up himself too

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Well, Britain starts off reforming it tennis structure and now the Irish follow suit, hats off to them Hopefully Ireland can get up the tennis scene and start challenging on the tour again
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Its about Tennis Ireland woke up
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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old Dec 27th, 2006, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Its only since September 2005 that fulltime programme for the juniors came into place in Ireland, I really dont know what they were doing all those years, I DEFINITELY believe if the likes of Belgium, Switzerland can do it so can Ireland when the time is right.
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Its only since September 2005 that fulltime programme for the juniors came into place in Ireland, I really dont know what they were doing all those years, I DEFINITELY believe if the likes of Belgium, Switzerland can do it so can Ireland when the time is right.
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According to the ceo of tennis ireland des allen, he believes that irish tennis will achieve as much in 10 years as the belgians did in 20 years
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To get what Belgium has, you need a player or two who is determined to be a champion, no matter what. It doesn't matter what kind of coaching she gets. It's a drive that's built in.

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To get what Belgium has, you need a player or two who is determined to be a champion, no matter what. It doesn't matter what kind of coaching she gets. It's a drive that's built in.
Exactly, i mean the coaching system is part of the problem but there just isint the same hunger in kids that come from the rich and middle class places in dublin which paly tennis, i know i live here and know who plays tennis. Kids who have a comfortable living dont have the same hunger, drive to want to be a champion, if they promoted tennis more in the suburbs and other working class area's in Dublin and other cities then maybe we could produce a champion, also there is alot of emphasis on education in Irish society, young kids and teenagers are in school around 7 or 8 hrs a day and takes away the time there is for tennis

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It's all about the players and the parents. There's no machine in Russia.
It's a lot of crazy girls, driven to succeed. And the parents let them not go to school.

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Until then, why not cheer heavily for lovely Kelly L?

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It's all about the players and the parents. There's no machine in Russia.
It's a lot of crazy girls, driven to succeed. And the parents let them not go to school.
Exacly, its all a bit of a gamble with players from eastern europe, the fact that they know everything is riding on their tennis drives them more and increases their hunger

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But what i cant understand is what happened to the glory days in the 1890's, Ireland DID dominate tennis and the next thing we were gone
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The 1890's?

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