Re: Jessica Moore
This is a good thread. It just seems so obvious at times listening to the players what they need and struggle with, and how the system could be improved, but this falls on deaf ears. The National Academies are a joke, changing the strategies every year without much clue, trying to pick the next few Hingis's at 12-14, but most drop out by 18. Those struggling by 16-17 get propped up with wildcards and playing 10Ks. TA and the AIS have a poor track record (eg Holland, Peers, Wejnert, Sumner, Woolcock, Racijic, Letcher, Polack, etc) and look at what happened to Sanders and Bains this year. Prospects like Boj, Moore, Patterson, Hadzic etc struggle to break through the WTA 200-400 range. Raw talent like Tredoux (pops out of nowhere in 2011 as an unranked player taking scalps in the 200-400 range) has a classic physique and promising game style, but remains unrefined (obviously lacking proper coaching?) so basically remains inconsistent and squandered. The TA system demonstrates incompetence, doesn't produce results, wastes money, and needs a major overhaul, but does it have the capacity to listen and change? We only have 2 main hopes coming through Pro Tours consistently in Rogowska and Barty, (can't claim Jones- NZ origin), and that is because they are naturally talented anyway. Can they go to the next level and use their influence to make a better system for all?