Re: Why isn't the USTA really helping Madison Brengle?
Are we talking about the USTA? Or about wildcards? Cause the USTA doesn't control who gets wildcards, the individual tournmanents do. At least in the USA. It's part of the overall player development problem in the America.
Wildcards are, primarily, a money making tool for individual tournaments, They are not used as a player development tool.
Alexandra Stevenson has name recognition. She's simply likelier to induce the one extra person to buy a ticket, just because they'd heard the name. It's not about connections or people being bought off. It's more like, every player who wants a wildcard is effectively meaured by the amount of money they're worth in extra ticket sales. If they have enough name recognition to make a difference on television, they're measured by that too.
I'm not sure what Madison Brengle is worth in terms of ticket sales now, but its not enough that I'd hitch my wagon to that star, if I'm the tournament director.
Now, the USTA, since it runs the US Opn, does have de facto control over wildcards at the US Open. What was that? Oh she GOT a wildcards to the US Open. What could the USTA be thinking, giving a promising young American player a wildcard to the national tournament?
Maybe the USTA should be doing more. And maybe we're just unaware of all that they're doing. But surely criticism should be limited to things the USTA actually controls. They certainly don't control which players get wildcards, at least in an organizational sense. (I'm sure there's quite a lot of bribery, especially in the junior levels.)
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Last edited by Volcana; Apr 4th, 2007 at 11:02 PM.