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post #294 of (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 11:43 PM
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Re: Aussie ITF circuit 2012/2013

Considering experience levels, those playing quals in final rounds should provide some interesting matches (ie competitive level), as well as to see what they can do if making main draw. But those already experienced and continuing to grind away in 25K Main draws where already direct entry eligible and accomplished finalists are limiting themselves if they don't try and step up at the next level. Especially if TA favoured and AIS funded as travel expenses shouldn't be an issue. AIS athletes should be prepared to go to the highest level possible otherwise what's the point in getting carried over many years and gifted WCs etc? I don't think the comments made are a criticism of the players per se, everyone wants to see them do well. It's the TA/ AIS strategies (or lack thereof) which selectively controls the options for some favoured players (picked at 12-14 when winning matches) and limiting others even getting a chance, which is the core of the problem. There are plenty of good suggestions in this forum for changes that could make a difference, so if tennis fans who follow the players and the events can see the obvious, why can't TA?
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