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  1. #1
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    Tennis: Elitist Sport or Everyone's Game?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tennisteen View Post
    I know how costly this sport is and my heart goes for struggling and unprivileged kids. Tennis like golf is the sport of rich and wealthy.
    Tennisteen's quote in another thread really jumped out at me. Partially because this has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I recently wrote a somewhat incoherent blurb on the subject on a buddy's (now defunct) sports blog See the July 26 entry. I realize as a teaching professional, that I am now part of the problem. Even my modest rates are too far out of reach for the average Jane. I wasn't able to take private lessons growing up because they were too expensive, I could only hope for the occasional free clinic at the public courts. I have agreed to help one of the local public high schools in the Spring, but hopefully as I progress in this profession I'll be able to do a lot more for some of the underprivileged children in our area.

    Anyway, I'd love to read thoughts on this issue from any of you.

  2. #2
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    I could only afford 1 group lesson a week for my sons at a local racquet club which was actually in another town 25 miles away. And then they hit with me or each other, friends, etc a couple more times a week until winter. I know for a fact, if I could have afforded more court time, they could be much much better. I know kids that live on the court have great game and that is why.

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