AIS/TA handouts, hinderance or helpful? enough is enough for Evie!
Its ironic when you look at the wildcards over the last 7 years. It seems more a hinderance in the development of a lot of players.
Our most successful players of late have been the ones that havent had that much support of Tennis Australia or the AIS.
Nicole Pratt - only had two years with the AIS, and only a couple of Aust Open main draw wildcards, she's done it on her own.
Alicia - only had 1 Aust Open wildcard. She was never really part of the AIS until the final year of juniors.
Dokic only ever needed one Aust Open to grab the chance.
Evie - 6 main draw wildcards in the last 7 years, has had so many opportunities thrown her way, she's come to expect a wildcard every year! How can anyone be motivated when Tennis Australia kiss her feet every year!
Szili - Received a wildcard for winning a $10K. Give one to her for achieving didley squat and what happens? She gets a big head! She thought she had made it in January this year. Time for a reality check and to get rid of that lump thats moved from her head to her Macca's arse!
Bryanne Stewart - AIS Queen like Evie, too scared to hit out and use her weapons, more concerned with not making any errors than actually winning the point with controlled aggression. She's had countless opportunities. Bryanne has had 4 Aust Open main draw
Amanda Grahame - See Bryanne, Grahame has had 3 Aust Open main draw wildcards.
Looking at Stosur I think she deserves another wildcard, but why give one to her this comin open? If Tennis Australia were smart they would make her qualify. She need to learn to take advantage when given a chance.
Evie certainly doesnt deserve one, if she wins the play off next week so be it but she's had enough wildcards. After all wildcards are there to give players trying to make an intial breakthru or return from injury a chance as well as a bit of financial support. Evie's had two 'breakthru's' at the Aust Open' and hasn't capitalised so cross her off the wildcard list for a few years, see if she can get her act together herself.
Wheeler - No complaints if she gets one, the 2 she's had gave her rotten draws, she's never really had the breakthru chance because of this and injuries have hampered her the last few years.
Look at the juniors that grew up with the AIS! So many failures/dropouts in the last 10 or so years, and where are they now!
Evie Dominikovic - Complained that Tennis Australia was too big on handouts to her as a junior making it too easy, was dumped by Kachel for disputing the amount of training required, mentally fragile, slumping worse than ever!
Jelena Dokic - Defected Australian
Melissa Dowse - Retired, found the travelling to hard
Amanda Grahame - Was never able to develop her serve into the weapon it should have become also mentally fragile, her and Evie really play similar games.
Monique Adamczak - Successfully returned from injury lay off, edging 250 needs a break thru chance!
Jenny Belobradjic - Retired
Melanie Clayton - Retired
Bryanne Stewart - Had the ability more so than Evie and Amanda, just unable to close out the matches, too tentative.
Susan Cowan - Quit at 18, hated travelling
Bree Calderwood - Still plays Victorian Satellites and not much else but she can still beat Szili
Natalie Ko - Broke her leg, supposedly making a comeback, never had the ability in the first place.
Jaslyn Hewitt - Top 20 in juniors, has had a Kournikova run of injuries but seems to have finally overcome them. Is a battler and a fighter like her bro. Kudos for sticking to it!
Suzi Becvinovska - Suspended for 2 years for representing Macedonia
Biljana Dimovska - Suspended for 2 years for representing Macedonia
Sarah Stone - Quit at 19, then returned 18months later as a doubles specialist and a promoter of lesbianism, has all but quit singles but can still still beat Szili!
Tara Reid - was number 1 nationally in Under 14's, now plays College tennis in US
Esther Knox - Was playing College Tennis in the States, coaxed Annabel into retiring!
Christina Wheeler - Ranking has stalled, is gradually improving though I feel. Too early to tell still with her.
Annabel Ellwood - Retired at 23, frustrated that her game was not good enough to get her in the ranks, acknowledged that she had no weapons.
Siobhan Drake-Brockman - Retired at 20, didn't think she could match the power hitters.
Trudi Musgrave - Still Battling, has become more a doubles specialist but confidence is now coming across into her singles play, is she the next Guse/Barclay/Pratt aka late developer??? She's the perfect example why tennis Australia needs to acknowledge the battlers that are in it for the long haul to get as far as they can.
Maija Avotins - Won Wimbledon Junior Doubles, played a year on the satellites then became a teacher I think
Joanne Limmer - Retired young with injuries
Kristin Godridge - Retired young and now plays for Hong Kong!
Aarthi Ventarkasen - Was playing College Tennis for a while, think she' a career woman now