Originally Posted by Curcubeu
Tennis being an individual sport still gives you the chance to make it big through personal investments, alone. However, then you really have to come from a sports fascinated family and of course a family that possesses the financial resources and time to spend for the development of their kids.
The Romanian tennis federation is a joke, but we still have a lot of very talented coaches which helps a lot. Both, coaches and players are of course interested in a successful career as both would benefit, that's why you see a lot of long-time coach-player bonds in Romania. Another possibility like in Cirstea's case is the sponsorship of a (sports) company from outside, in her case Adidas. Her looks helped her and I'm pretty sure she wouldn't be ranked Romanian #1, if she wouldn't possess training possibilities that other girls from her country can only dream about.
Thanks for the insight. Is tennis popular in Romania? After football, are there other sports more popular than tennis?