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  1. Lisa The issue tennis has can only be solved in one first step way. Its increased participation, unfortunately the sport has underinvested in this key fact and now it has to make up for years of neglect, add the Covid problem and tennis has been taken back 20-30%. Last crisis (2008) sports lost approx 15% participation. Once participation is improved, it al falls from there, more kids, more competitive kids, more jobs to fix bad technique, more kids to choose programs, more competitions, more coaching jobs, more kids trying for college etc. Let me summarize the problem as I do with my clients, I always tell them they need to invest in technology, some say yes others say later. I say now. if you invest $1.00 now in technology you now how much it is from your top line. If you don't it will be factor of $1 and you have no idea how much from your top lie. Usta's neglect has made it impossible to predict how much is needed and now the burden is on the people. In my opinion, the funding has to come in its majority from USTA and the rest the community.

  2. The USTA and college coaches are to blame. The USTA for decades has had massive bloated salaries for executives and spent untold millions on player development searching for the next great star with no results. The local tournaments where kids get introduced to the sport have gotten progressively worse. More cheating, lame awards, a worse experience for kids and parents. The USTA should have instead spent the money on tripling the number of referees and having a central system where cheating could be reported and data compiled and acted upon. Obviously if one kid gets 10 complaints per 30 matches, and another gets 1 complaint, there is likely a problem with the first kid. USTA kids are not as good as foreign kids because point chasing and cheating leads to a lower level of player development over time. College coaches constructed rosters of 6 or 7 or even 8 out of 8 spots on the team no American players. They did this to win short term. Now they are seeing that there is little interest among the students or administrators to save a team with no or few American kids. Tennis may go the way of wrestling or boxing, a few megastars and perhaps 100 lower players to serve as cannon fodder. College tennis will fade away, and remaining juniors will just be the kids with dreams of being a pro. Pro tennis in the future will not be able to support 750 men and 750 women like the ITF planned in its latest remodel. Maybe 100 men and 100 women will make any sort of living in tennis with only 4-5 mega stars carrying the sport in terms of press and ratings.

  3. Limiting international players "violate equal opportunity statutes" ok than why can they enter as a freshman almost 3 years older than the US kids. Rules say as long as they are 19 while US Kids have only 6 month "GAP" year after their class graduates to enter before losing years of eligibility. Let's get real here if we want to hep the US Player. Foreign players have a head start Day 1 seems like that should "violate some statues". Consider this a watershed moment in which no blame is cast. BUT I'd say it's time for the NCAA, USTA, ITA work this problem from the Pre-K Tennis kid to the Graduate student. Develop a concept in concert that will benefit the Sport and the US Players. Seems that hasn't happened yet.

  4. From Jason Bryant on Twitter: I've now broken up the COVID-19 dropped sports tracker into three different sections. 1. Cut sports/suspended (with no timetable for return) 2. Suspended sports (re-evaluation noted by school) 3. Canceled seasons/years In that order on the site. <a href="https://t.co/CaCo7lI6Jt" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow ugc">https://t.co/CaCo7lI6Jt</a>

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