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Re: What is this age rule that he would make him ineligible?

You have 6 months from your HS graduation to enter college or the clock starts ticking on your eligibility. Ritschard went to an online school, so I don't know when he finished or his exact details other than he is 23.

Also, I think (not positive) once you turn 20 (regardless about HS), you start losing a year of eligibility and for every year thereafter.

A lot of the rule's genesis comes from foreigners.
Once upon a time, you had numerous foreigners who were playing tennis at 25-26 against 18-21 year old American kids. That's a big difference in physical maturity.

Many foreigners would turn pro and be subsidized by their country's federation. If they weren't successful in a couple of years, they could go to college for free in the US starting around age 20/21. There were some Israeli kids who were in their late 20s. They had played professionally, served in the military, and then went to college.

The age eligibility rules limit these abuses.

(In response to this post by 1969hoo)

Posted: 04/18/2017 at 10:54AM


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