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Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

With the situation in tennis as it is now, do you think a player from a financially challenged family can make it to the pro level? I used to think so-- but now i'm not sure if its possible.
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Re: Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

Only if someone important recognizes your potential and feels like your worth the investment.
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only if they take they ass down to the welfare, trust me there's more juniors than pros getting assistance out there Miss Onnasis
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Only if someone important recognizes your potential and feels like your worth the investment.
This.

Tennis has gotten so ridiculously expensive. It's a shame because at lot of talented plays fall under this. And the rich's one who don't really care end up playing, ex. LaPush.

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Tennis has gotten so ridiculously expensive. It's a shame because at lot of talented plays fall under this. And the rich's one who don't really care end up playing, ex. LaPush.
Are you talking about Anna Lapushchenkova?


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With the situation in tennis as it is now, do you think a player from a financially challenged family can make it to the pro level? I used to think so-- but now i'm not sure if its possible.

Even if playing 10ks are expensive. You have to have money. I am sorry
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Re: Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

First of all you have to have talent and skills to play tennis. Then you don't have to have so much money.

Of course if you don't have talent or skills then you have to have a lot of money.

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First of all you have to have talent and skills to play tennis. Then you don't have to have so much money.

Of course if you don't have talent or skills then you have to have a lot of money.
exactly

You can buy WCs and find a good partner if you have money
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Re: Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

I think it's ridiculous how the tourneys in ITFs have had the same prize money in forever, they need to upgrade 10ks into 15ks ASAP. We actually had a poster who did a big petition thing about it and it had tons of signatures, but he never sent it to the ITF I think and kept ignoring every question/PM about it.
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I think it's ridiculous how the tourneys in ITFs have had the same prize money in forever, they need to upgrade 10ks into 15ks ASAP. We actually had a poster who did a big petition thing about it and it had tons of signatures, but he never sent it to the ITF I think and kept ignoring every question/PM about it.
That's a lie. I sent it to the ITF and they said they had no plans to alter the tournament structure, but they were working at helping educate players financially and encourage tournaments, where possible to offer better subsidised housing and food.

And going through my pm's, I noly got 2 or three messages about it, all replied to.

The point is it doesn't matter how talented you are, it costs so much to hire a court and get the equipment for most it's a complete non-starter as they never get the opportunity to even be spotted by a coach or sponsor who can take them on.
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Re: Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

I kept on reading the title as 'Can the financially poor JJ player make it to the pro level anymore'. Must be too early for me.
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Re: Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

I don't think anything has changed. If a kid shows some talent, great character and is physically promising, you will find a sponsor. Great devotion is needed on parents' side because you might need to move to USA and work dishwasher to support your offspring and yourself until you get that first contract, just like Sharapova's father did, but you will make it eventually.

But if a kid is just average, or you don't want to give up the financial control, you need some serious cash - so if you have no assets and nobody to help you, you are screwed. To my understanding it was always like that.

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Re: Can a financially poor jr player make it to the pro level anymore

People please...

Even in Poland you're able to practice tennis every day and you don't have to spend more than 1000euros per month... And This is not that large sum of money.

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Nope. Look at Kairangi Vano. A prime example of this.

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