What has Rick Macci done to Katia Afinogenova's career?
He's holding her out of the juniors. And I disagree with it. He did the same thing with Monique Viele, and that backfired miserably. I hope the same thing doesn't happen to 14 year old Katia.
I wonder if skipping junior hockey would have been a good move for Katia's brother Maxim? I don't think so. He is a world class hockey player, who plays for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. He obviously needed junior hockey to get to the next level. Just like I think Katia needs junior tennis. She needs to play against her peers in junior tennis. And to think Katia is in the midst of a 10 year deal with Macci! Her bloodlines say Katia is a fine athlete. But is she so special, that she chooses to pass over junior tennis?
Katia needs to be playing against the likes of Maria Sharapova and Tatiana Golovin. That way she'll know how good she is. I hope Katia returns to play some junior tennis in 2002. But I wouldn't count on it.
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