Originally Posted by ~Bakers Boy~
Thats because we dont have the $$. Your girls get at least 15k for loosing 60 60 in 10 mins at the AO every year. With that kind of $$ we could do big things! Its just not fair. Im in a bitchy mood tonight, so if you want a fight, you got it bitch! (Just kidding, you know I love you Rick
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Interesting thread. Typical hype on an Aussie junior. Lets build them up ala Joanne Limmer, Anabelle Ellwood and see if they come crashing down.
Ummm, I bet the $$$ will there for NZ junior tennis program if the likes of Jones & Erakovic etc... make the top 20-50. A government isnít going to invest money into a sport when the likes of your national netball and rugby teams are world class, (not to forget world competitive cyclists, basketball and hockey teams) and NZ tennis has barely had a pulse over the last two decades. Tennis in Australia gets some cash and grand slam status because of our rich history and our smattering of top (or once top) players. Years back Australia sent teams to every major tournament when it wasnít financially viable, worked their arses off in the administration of tennis and were a hugely successful nation in grand slams. Because of that hardwork in the past we are reaping the benefits. Is it fair? Who knows, but the many people that have put their life and soul into world tennis from Australia may say yes. The many countries who cry foul over this, couldnít give a stuff many years ago when there was no money or publicity in the sport.
Hopefully these NZ juniors will be trail-blasers for tennis, but you canít blame the NZ government for not giving $$ when their last internationally competitive players was top 30 Belinda Cordwell back in the 80 - early 90ís. The money is there I bet, itís just a case of someone making a case for it by putting the score on the board first.
I hope the NZ juniors donít fall into the Aussie trap of not being fit enough to last on tour due to a lack of tough competition in their home country. For years our juniors moving into senior ranks kept on getting injuredÖ. If I go back years to the Byrnes, Thompsons, McDonalds who had great talent but could never get fit and then to a lesser extent Adamczak, Hori, who have struggled too, the increased pressure to make up lost time, (because most European gals have peaked in their teens, whereas ours girls peak a lot later) often brings about over-training and therefore increased likelihood of injury. Now I notice that Marina Erakovic is still struggling with injury for about 6-12 months and Ive heard nothing of Eden Marama who had some decent results at one stage. Itís a definite pitfall for both our countries and often is the key factor between a successful transition between juniors and seniors.