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Much harder, less opportunities. High ranked ITF Juniors now have priority

Over college guys. For example, Brandon will have a higher priority over nearly everyone in college, even though he’s not as experienced as some current collegians and he’s not the clear cut #1 ITA collegian.

As you mention, UVA gives out WCs to UVA guys at the Charlottesville event. But where else are they going to get WCs? Nakashima will get a decent amount as well as being able to enter due to his ITf ranking. But who else?
In the old system, any of our players could at least go into qualifying at basically any Futures. And, they could play about as many events as they wanted or could fit in. Now, you need WCs. There are only a handful at each event. BAnd other tournaments are more likely to help local college guys than someone else. How does one plan a schedule? It’s hard to take off a semester and play Futures/Challenger level competition unless you know the WCs in advance. How many players will have that luxury? A much smaller number and Certainly, not any international guys.
You won’t likely see any Futures events on a College Team’s schedule as you have in recent years.

As Geoff Grant says in the podcast, it took Stevie Johnson 7 or 8 events to earn his first ATP point. Will the USTA stick with a college guy and continue giving him WCs if he loses first round in his first 5 events?

If a player doesn’t earn at least a point when he has a WC, that’s it. It’s no longer up to the player, when he plays again.

This system greatly benefits ITF Juniors over older, more mature, later developing collegians.

[Post edited by 22903 at 12/29/2018 10:13AM]

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Posted: 12/29/2018 at 10:09AM


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