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This is an article by Helen Crook (GBR player) which i posted the link to a while ago. But this bit seems very poignant in recent circumstances:

"Fine Line"

So why continue [playing tennis]? Is it for the love of the game? Not usually, but this helps. Is it because of the belief you can be better? Partly. Is it due to the luxury of the lifestyle? Definitely not. The answer is probably a combination of things but the strongest factor is “the line” - the fine line that stands between being a pro and being a Grand Slammer. The one that stands between being on the ITF circuit and on the big Tour, where prize money is considerable even for losing, and your accommodation is paid regardless. The line beyond which most of your prize money is profit not a filling for the black hole in you bank account. The line is admittedly thicker at some points and I am not suggesting that if you take any $10,000 player and put her against Davenport, that you’d get a close match. What I'm saying is go and watch a Challenger event and you’ll be surprised at the standard.

Selima Sfar, the Tunisian No.1, is recently enjoying some of her best form highlighted by her recent win over 70th ranked Jana Kandarr of Germany Open Gazde Paris WTA Tournament. Ironically this win meant she was unable to play the British Challenger event at Redbridge. But while watching she commented:

“There’s little difference between the Tour and Challenger events. The names of the players and points on offer are different, that’s all.”

Selima won two matches in the $400,000 event and yet would not be certain of winning even the first round in the $25,000 Redbridge Challenger. That’s how deep women’s tennis is and how fine the line is. In fact, if you were to take the top 10 women out of the equation, and then look at all players practising, shot-for-shot, it would be virtually impossible to tell who belonged on which side of the line. Probably every girl ranked between No. 150 and No. 500 has stepped on the line at some point in her career. Played one fantastic match or even one great set against a big name that told them they could survive in the big league. It spurs them on, to continue on the Tour treadmill, sometimes against all external advice, with the hope that one day they might just cross that line; and perhaps, even stay there.

Read this Rios, you might learn something.

Paul
 

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Totally agree!Helen is a very sound individual!
 
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