Youth Tennis: Parents, educate yourself!
I thought that Gary Weiner (of TENNIS: EUROPE) had some fascinating insights on how kids should be introduced
to tennis at a young age, and that parents need to educate
themselves on how all-involving a kid’s ranking in the
USTA is. What was eye-opening was that kids (and quite
honestly, their parents) can manipulate where a youngster
is ranked by simply playing in a lot of tournaments, and
of course, getting credit for walkovers when an opponent
either forfeits or is injured.
Gary also made it quite clear that in order for a player
to be good enough in a top collegiate program, such as the
Ivy League, or even the Division III NESCAC schools,
a kid has to be one of the top ranked players in their
section. In other words, it’s extremely competitive.
And Weiner pointed out that lots of US college coaches
simply go to Europe to find talented players to fill out
their roster. I wonder – what are the European tennis
coaches (and the parents there) doing better than the
American coaches and tennis parents? Hmm….