Getting US Tennis competitive w/ rest of the world
What can be done to get the USTA and USPTA past their ego problem and fix American tennis?!
Tennis is my passion. I've been playing tennis for 32 years. I started directing and running tournaments in college where I was president of the Univ. of Texas Tennis Club. After grad school and entering the real world, I established three annual USTA sanctioned tournaments at my club and ran them for three years. Once my 3 boys got out of diapers, I started competing in USTA events again.
Then, two of them started playing junior tennis, and I started coaching Jr Teamtennis. My teams won SoCal 10 & under 6 straight seasons. Last season, we moved up to 12 & under. We won San Diego, and took 2nd at Sectionals.
I finally joined the USPTA a few days ago and will go for certification testing next month.
But enough background. Last month, attended a day of the coaches clinic headed by Jose Higueras in Carson at the Home Depot Center (my son was invited to participate). For those of you who don't know, there are two national training centers - this one, and the one in Florida. He pointed out how weak our players (all invited based on rankings) are compared to Europeans.
One of my sons is part of CTC - Competition Training Center here in San Diego. We also talked about how all the college teams and pro ranks are filled with Europeans and foreigners.
We seem to know there's a problem, but what's being done about it?
I read in Inside Tennis that Patrick McEnroe has took a position with player developement. Does anyone know what he's doing?