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Old Jun 27th, 2012, 02:57 AM   #23
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Re: Following the Family Tradition: Maria Sakkari

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Originally Posted by Danii's Law View Post
Where has she been? She hasn't played in over a month.

I'm not sure what keeps happening to the Greek girls. They're always disappearing. Do they not understand that when you're young you have to play a lot to get match practice.
I agree with what you're saying but some of the girls like Maria have age restrictions so they can't play as many pro events as they probably want to. But I see no reason why Maria shouldn't be playing juniors. She hasn't played juniors in about a year, and she can do well there and it would be interesting to see how far she could go in the junior rankings. On the other hand, a lot of the Greek girls stop playing because of financial reasons, injuries, or because they don't think they can make the top 100 so they quit. Its a shame. If they all continued to play, we would've had Gerasimou, Georgatou, Kontratevidi, Roussi, and maybe Kipritidiou in GS qualies. Its crazy how much better we could be doing. On top of that, Koumantou was on her way to being a doubles specialist but stopped playing because she just wasn't making money on tour and didn't receive support from he federation. Other than Daniilidou, I can't ever remember a Greek girl playing on tour past the age of 25. Papadaki was 26 and still top 100 before she quit. Fafaliou is turning 26 in November and I honestly can't see her continuing with her injuries because she basically has no shot anymore at beating ranked opponents. And then a lot of the younger girls who could be good top 200/300/400 players just retire. Some have now started to play college tennis in the US which is good because it helps them improve and get a degree at the same time. Kordolaimi made the right choice by doing so since she was an amazing 15 year old but then had so many injuries and was out of the game for about 2 years, and now she is improving in the US and plans on going pro after she graduates in 2015. Some others have just given up and they really should've tried going pro or going to college, I won't waste my time saying names though but for example Eleni Konstantinidou is still just 18 and when she was 17 she beat a player ranked 410 and now she hasn't played in a year . I think they need 10Ks in Greece every week like they do in Turkey. I mean, look how many good and also mediocre Turkish players get to continue their careers in those tournaments. In Greece I heard they are trying to do something similar and they tested it out in Heraklion and they said if the resorts made a profit then they would keep holding these tournaments . So I guess we will see what happens in the future.

In other words, a huge problem is $$$$, and even before the crisis the Greek Federation didn't have much money to begin with. And the federation president is an idiot and he is so corrupt and makes it almost impossible for players to make it big. The only reason Eleni made it was because she comes from a wealthy family of dentists. Sakkari (and Markos Kalovelonis) are the biggest hopes for the future not only because they are talented, but also because their parents used to play as Maria's mother was in the top 50 and the best Greek player ever before Eleni, and Markos' father was in the top 150 and also was the Greek Fed and Davis Cup captain for years. Greek tennis, so much wasted talent. And on the mens side Mazarakis, Georgoudas, Kelftakos, Gemouchidis, Mikos, Kapogiannis, Katsigiannakis, Alexiou, Papachristopoulos, Glezos, etc. all were promising but for whatever reason have failed or are currently failing to fulfill their potential
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