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No country has any secret winning formula for tennis development

A few years back, I recall reading about how great the French system was and how many players they had in the top 100 and top 20. Now, I read an article that their famous players are all age 34-36 and that group is unlikely to be duplicated. Their best under-30-years-old player is Ugo Humbert at #32.

Even Spain is facing this transition. Used to have Ferrer at #4 or #5 along with Nadal and multiple top 20, top 50, etc. Now Fokina is #46 at age 21, but everyone else is 29 and older until you get to #72 in the rankings. They are worried about the situation about 2 years from now when they might have Nadal retire and the air gets let out of the balloon.

The USA has 10 men in the top 100 and 6 are ages 20-27, but the problem is that the highest ranked American is #33 (Taylor Fritz). We have #33-34-35 at the moment.

You can set up a good system and get a bunch of top 100 players, but it is a matter of luck if one of them becomes #1. There is no recipe for making that happen.

(In response to this post by T Room Cav)

Posted: 06/10/2021 at 10:33PM


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