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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2003, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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i was watching a sports channel in TV where they're talking about tennis and how to improve the sport in our country. the most common problem according to the interviewee was that none of the parents are willing to sacrifice school so that their children who have huge potential can concentrate on tennis.

now my question really is... if you want to become a professional tennis player, should you just turn down schooling? Can't one have both at the same time? Which tennis players have finished college or even highschool?




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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 2003, 10:01 AM
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are you saying these are the only four to have any academic achievement? that must be an american thing because all thw australian girls combine both which i think is much more healthy
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are you saying these are the only four to have any academic achievement? that must be an american thing because all thw australian girls combine both which i think is much more healthy, especially when there is no guarantee of success. they need soemthing more than tennis coaching to fall back on in my opinion
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yeah to get into the AIS they have to have got above a certain UAI and they have to be enrolled at uni. i think the UAI cut-off is something like 80.00 (?)
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I think a diplom is very important so that after your career you can start studying again when you are not in the mood to become a coach or anything that involves tennis!

and venus and serena are not the only ones who finished highschool. lindsay did and I think cappy too.

I am sure there are more.
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Most british player finish high school some even do a-levels which is why they take ages to develop!

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Most british player finish high school some even do a-levels which is why they take ages to develop!
yes, that's why
can i just ask when the development into a decent player actually occurs?
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i was watching a sports channel in TV where they're talking about tennis and how to improve the sport in our country. the most common problem according to the interviewee was that none of the parents are willing to sacrifice school so that their children who have huge potential can concentrate on tennis.

now my question really is... if you want to become a professional tennis player, should you just turn down schooling? Can't one have both at the same time? Which tennis players have finished college or even highschool?
i realise many gifted players outgrow the juniors and are ready for the wta when they're all of 14 but schooling is more important. i think they should play a limited schedule and attend a regular school (as opposed to tutors and correspondence courses) as well as interacting with their peers socially. there have been enough cases of player burn-out and body breakdown to warrant limited schedules for those under 18.
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I don't think many players actually have actually graduated from college. Lisa Raymond and Laura Granville did a couple of years at Florida and Stanford respectively before turning pro but they didn't graduate. The only one I can think of who finished college is Debbie Graham, but there are a few others. A lot of the Americans finished high school, e.g. Lindsay Davenport, Venus and Serena, Corina Morariu, Alex Stevenson. Some of the Russians, e.g. Elena Dementieva, continue their schooling while they are on tour, mainly doing things like languages by correspondence course. There are also some countries that tie funding to education, like Australia as someone said, and I think Britain does as well.

I suppose it's quite difficult to go to school and play tennis at a high level because tennis demands a lot of time. It would always be at the back of your mind that you could do all the education thing when you had finished playing. Also, there just isn't enough competition. Even at college you're not playing people of the same kind of level that you would be doing if you were on tour - when Lisa Raymond played NCAA she lost something like 1 match in the whole 2 years she played - so you aren't getting the same kind of experience.

On the other hand, imo, players should finish high school because it would be difficult for someone to go back and finish that after their playing career ended. We may see more people finishing that level anyway, even if it's by correspondence, because of the age restrictions. You also have to remember that not all these kids with talent who sacrifice school for a tennis career will ever have a tennis career. It's a big gamble to throw away your education, which can affect your whole life, for something that might never happen. What happens to them if they get injured, don't enjoy it, aren't as good as everyone thought? If they at least have a high school diploma then they have a chance to do something else. Even if they do make it, what are they going to do after they retire? 50 years is a long time to just sit around, counting your money and watching video loops of your past triumphs .
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They should do something like distance education, or home schooling so they can travel and practice as well. They shouldnt just drop school altogether coz its too important.
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