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how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

even Cuba and Puerto Rico manage to have a few of them
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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

They just don't, like many other countries. Tennis is not a popular sport at all in some places. It's even seen as elitist.
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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

They prefer baseball (Panama) and football (Costa Rica)
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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

They are poor.
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Popularity. And if its not popular then there won't be tennis academies or funding for promising players like so many other countries who plough money into it.

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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

Not sure about Panama, but for sure in Costa Rica it's so hard to get around that country because of the condition of the roads, even the main highway.

The only place where players could really practice/play is in San Jose, and there really aren't many courts there, and it's a pretty small city population-wise - comparatively - with other world capitals.

Puerto Rico is much, much more developed.
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Not sure about Panama, but for sure in Costa Rica it's so hard to get around that country because of the condition of the roads, even the main highway.

The only place where players could really practice/play is in San Jose, and there really aren't many courts there, and it's a pretty small city population-wise - comparatively - with other world capitals.

Puerto Rico is much, much more developed.
i heard there is a player from El Salvador. isn't this country poorer than Costa Rica?
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They are poor.
They're not poor at all.





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Not sure about Panama, but for sure in Costa Rica it's so hard to get around that country because of the condition of the roads, even the main highway.

The only place where players could really practice/play is in San Jose, and there really aren't many courts there, and it's a pretty small city population-wise - comparatively - with other world capitals.

Puerto Rico is much, much more developed.
Panama is much, much more developed than PR.





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They're not poor at all.
Yes they are.
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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

I think that in Central America and the Caribean, having a WTA career depends on efforts by individuals. There is not promotion made by the Tennis Association of the country. That is why, you see some countries with a few WTA players and some others with none.
In some of the cases, when you see a player from Guatemala, El Salvador, Jamaica they have lived or studied in the USA or Europe and thats where they develop their skills.
I think a lot of this also applies to Mexico and some South American countries, the only difference is that they have more population and a little bit more infrastructure.

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I think that in Central America and the Caribean, having a WTA career depends on efforts by individuals. There is not promotion made by the Tennis Association of the country. That is why, you see some countries with a few WTA players and some others with none.
In some of the cases, when you see a player from Guatemala, El Salvador, Jamaica they have lived or studied in the USA or Europe and thats where they develop their skills.
I think a lot of this also applies to Mexico and some South American countries, the only difference is that they have more population and a little bit more infrastructure.
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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

are there players from Afghanistan?

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Yes they are.
Umgh as a person who has grown up in Costa Rica and spent most of my teens there. I have to say you do not know what you are talking about Costa Rica is known as the Switzerland of Latin America for its peaceul ways and stable economy. It is not poor at all and there is a really large middle and high class, infact A lot of Cubans, Nicas, Columbians, Venezuelans, etc. go for work in Costa Rica. There is also a lot of private colleges like British, Pan American, St Paul,the European, the German, Blue valley, St. Mary etc. Education is better than the USA in many ways(IMO and I have studied in both in the IB program) and the IB and NB programs are available and I have friends who have after gone on to study in Oxford, NYU, UCLA and even Harvard.
The university of Costa Rica (UCR) is one of the best in latin America with 20000 and more students and in the 1000 best universities in the world with also many other universities like Una in Heredia and Tech in Cartago.

The Province of San Jose is made up of many cantons(towns) with most living in Escazu, Pavas, Santana(many discos to go out and not dangerous at all). It has a population of 1,500,000. Not that small.
close to San Jose(20 minutes at most) is Heredia 400,000 people, which is beautiful and in the mountains.
On the beach there is the Carribean sea, Pacific and Atlantic.
There is Limon with roughy 400,000.
Puntarenas with 360,000 and one of the most beautiful places in the world Guanacaste with 270,000.
Also Alajuela 720,000 and Cartago 440,000.
In the List of countries by Human Development Index Costa Rica is 4th in all Latin America slightly below Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
In the Environmental Performance Index Costa Rica is 5th in the world, after Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
In the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, Costa Rica is 1st in Latin America.
Highly advanced health care, education, medicine and a great political relationship internationally, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to raise your children.
Don´t get me started on how beautiful it is.

By the way in Costa Rica tennis is a very popular sport. Futbol is ofcorse the most popular by far.
And Juan Antonio Marín was a former solid top 60 player on the ATP.
In Wta there just has not been much luck and the popularity of the sport is quite new. However there are now quite a few tennis clubs in Costa Rica with the Country Club and Cariari being the most famous and by the way, the facility is amazing at the Country Club. Many young kids can be seen practising there, its in Escazu where I grew up, which is the European town.
Rafael Nadal is currently the most popular tennis player in Costa Rica where some 80 percent are of Spanish descent.
Here is the club.


In the future please know what you are talking about before posting trash.
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Re: how come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on WTA Tour?

How come Panama and Costa Rica have no players on the WTA Tour? Because no one in those countries is good enough, that's how come. Next topic, please.

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