Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
For people like Carly Homewood, I'd say it should be a case of short term financial pain for long-term gain. The only way she's going to get better, is by playing more matches against a wider range of European players.
Even if she has to pay, for example, £400 for a flight out to, say, Portugal for a $10k event. Although, she might not gain enough (if any) prize money to cover her costs, British players need that kind of international experience, which IMHO a lot of them don't get enough of. It's really all too easy to save money, and just enter a British tour event.
The example of the RIGHT way to do things is Jane O'Donoghue. Before the Bournemouth $10k (in which she won both singles and doubles) she had played a number of $10ks around a variety of different European countries, usually making the quarters or semi-finals.