You are doing a fine job, don't worry about it at all that some people moan, I have to admit I never play that much junior tour , it is indeed quite hard to keep track of two players and really involve in it.
Also, there are less drama and articles on the junior tour (which without it in pro tour, FWTT will never grow in the first place) In the end it comes down to the fact that many players view junior tour as a stepping stone to the pro tour. Some established player view using junior tour to test out some points. Some players does not feel as attached in the junior tour because they know they will be promoted after half a year.
I really can't think of anything you can do to make it better coz you are doing such a great job
Also one more reason is that not many people follow junior result, so those tournament names does not mean anything.
I know it sounds weird but actually reducing the no. of tournament plays (ie just having one tournament in a week) will actually help, and scrap the whole junior tier system, and invent your own system,same as pro tour will actually help and more people will understand
OMG you got me thinking LOL, I think one more thing you can do is to restrict the no of WC for juniors to pro events to Grand Slam only and then each time a junior player won an junior event, she is granted a WC to a pro event of their choice subject to availability
I agree that maybe holding junior events w/ the same name as pro events might increase interest. I'd be happier to win the junior Family Circle Cup than the Junior Manilla, Phillipines Reebok Bowl or something like that
i think the tournament names are fine, it makes no difference in my opinion, and i prefer the realism.
i think the only problem with the juniors is that essentially, there is little for one to aim for long term. those that have pro players know that their junior can only go so far and can't make it to pros unless they retire their pro player, and the juniors know that after about 6 months they are going to move up to pros anyway. there just isn't much of a long term goal to obtain like there is in the pros.
whether there is something that can be done, i don't know, but i think you are doing the best you can anyway
how about scraping wildcard system and only reward wc if it is from your country (unless you come form USA which you are only allow one ) and only give wildcard to tournaments winner? this way people will love to fight for the juniors to play some pro events
A few things will probably happen next year -- juniors will only be able to enter 6-8 events next year.
Also, there might be a "play-in" if a junior wins a big tournament (like GS, Grade A, etc.) to a pro draw.
The bad thing for junior tour is that juniors play 1/2 pros and 1/2 juniors (I do this myself too). So, if we can limit juniors playing pros, it will encourage better junior events. And if people get mad, then they won't play, and then there will be less useless players that never post or anything
I think you're doing a great job Rus4Ever. Personally, I think that juniors should have the right to play challengers (obviously a limit) and then perhaps get play-ins based on results in juniors into pro tournies. The problem then arises though, the next year when that junior must DEFEND those pro points yet they do not get the play-in as they did not repeat their junior performance, what do you do? Its kind of not fair to the player to not give them a WC.....
This is a complicated thing. But you are doing a great job with Juniors. I kinda get frustrated as my junior player is so inconsistent
I think the number limit 10 for juniors to play pros are just fine.
I think there should be an ONLY event (lower Tier event?) during each week where Juniors can play. It can make it easier for you to have track of the players.
That can make sense a little since you don`t see that many Junior players being wildcards at events, except Grand Slams, in REAL tennis
Ops i almost forgot
You do an excelent job :wavey:
I like the names idea. It would be better to play Berlin Rome or Madrid juniors, than playing tournaments which name are not able to remember.
Plus that would give the chance to a junior player to play both events. I mean, if a junior is playing Berlin with a WC, she cant play juniors that week, but if she is playing Berlin with a WC and Berlin jrs, she would not miss that week.