Originally Posted by Leopold Stotch
Jelena J, Nole and Ana are Serbian rich kids. They are where they are through their love of the sport, their talent and their parents funding.
If we look at the next (lost) generation of Serbian talents, the Ana Jovanovic's, Boris Pasanskis and V Lukic's amongst many others. These kids need only about 50,000 Euros annual per capita support from the Serbian Federation to push them into the top 100 and speedy self-management (if they really have what it takes).
Zivojinovic is the road block that is trying to make sure that no more Anas, JJ's or Noles make it. This is the psycho that anounced to the media that Nole had "a medical heart defect" just when he was at the critical point in his career and looking for sponsors...scum.
How many Serbian talents has Zivojinovic pushed through into the seniors so far ? ZERO. We're crap right ?
After unsuccessfuly trying to stop the progress of Ana, JJ, Nole (and oh yes "bravo" for killing JD's career) he has made sure any future talents will be sabotaged.
I would love to see the players/parents get together and sponsor some of their compatriots. Damir Dokic and Srdjan Djokovic are the only ones that appear ready to tell us the truth ie. they actually care for the next generation.
This Zivojinovic guy does seem like a creap, and Serbian sport federations are spending too much money funding soccer, basketball and other team sports, it would be nice if they invested it into individual athletes like tennis players.
But I dont think you have to be rich to be a tennis player, I dont think Ana, JJ and Novak were wealthy before they were pros, I just think that they had the will power to do it.
I mean look at the Russians they were dirt poor before arriving to US, Sharapova came to US with $200 bucks, so I dont think finances make THAT much of a difference.
I think Jovanovic, Lukic, Mircic, Zaric, Simic.... are just crap, ANA Jovanovic may have some talent, BUT Lukic and Mircic have travelled all over US and all over Asia and have never even gone past the first or second round so I think they just lack talent, I mean Ana Ivanovic did the same thing, she was ranked like around 900 like Lukic and Mircic were, but when she went off to Asia she cam back with 2 $50K titles back to back winning them as a qualifier so that has nothing to do with $$$ its about talent.
Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic have it, lukic, mircic, corovic lack this.
However, I hope Krstajic and Jovanovic can do something, but I doubt they will ever be in to 100, because they are already in their late teens and we havent even heard of them yet.