Re: The Discovery Thread
There's plenty of players taking up the sport at a young age. But a lot give up along the way. Those sticking with it simply cannot make ends meet financially. Whilst there are the court facilities to take up the game and begin playing junior comps and then AMTs etc, there is no long term support and progressive development programs for different tiers. Also no sponsorships or College system like in US, Europe, parts of Asia (Japan, Korea). The National Academies are a joke, changing the system every year without outcomes, no visible performance benchmarks, and full of petty politics and favouritism. The AIS is no better. These are not world class academies. The only supporters of TA are those who work in it and believe their own bs, or the few players that benefit. There are also not enough junior ITFs and Pro Tours in frequecy and accessible locations like overseas to help players get experience transtioning to the next level. TA has no long term vision or ability to harness the raw material at hand, and there is no private sector funding to fill the gap either. Unfortunately its unlikely anything will change for some time to come.
Last edited by Allez-y : Mar 11th, 2013 at 01:21 PM.