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USTA has thrown lots of $$ at the problem incl the Orlando training center

Where if invited you live and train for free. I think Boland's main job was to find, oversee the teaching of them and then produce future Slam contender's within the USTA model, but rumors are that he wanted to and tried to do it his way with little input or consultation with his bosses. That obviously did not work out for either side. What they are doing now and who is in charge is a mystery to me.

There are still a lot of privately owned tennis academies and as far as teaching tennis they are probably fine, but the cost is prohibitive for most people including middle class families with several kids That is why so many tennis playing kids do on line schooling mostly at Laurel Springs HS like about half our team did and probably train with local pros, but live at home to save $$.

I certainly do not know for sure, but I think in the past most of our great players learned the game from their parents or local pros at their tennis clubs. That was how John Isner did it, playing at a local tennis club in GSO with mostly Hartru type clay courts and he even attended a non online (no such thing then) public HS in GSO and even played on their tennis team. He must have been a strong #1 player
[Post edited by 1969hoo at 06/08/2021 08:19AM]

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Posted: 06/08/2021 at 08:12AM


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