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See the link for an explanation. I freely admit that the impact

on college tennis is something that I do not fully understand, but IMO with the much smaller number of pros under the new system, I doubt allowing non pro college players to play in these new transition tour events and thus take away spots of from a smaller number of tennis pros is part of the plan, which is why I think college players will not be able to play much or at all starting in 2019 in these Transition tour events, I addition you no longer get ATP points when playing on the Transition tour, whereas now you get points, which eases the way when you do turn pro after college. so if you want a pro career you might be better off better off turning pro ASAP. 2019 is not far away so I guess we will find out soon. Some have speculated that this is why hot shot junior Danny Thomas turned pro, so that he can play pro events now and in 2019 (He apparently got sponsorship money as well) and then try to make the Challenger and Main tours, rather than 'waste' time playing college tennis against weak competition . For those tennis players looking for an education and who know becoming a successful pro is unlikely, playing college tennis will still be the way to go, but that may mean the talent level in college tennis will drop, perhaps significantly.

I think Boland believed that going to college to play tennis for 3 or 4 years and also being able to play Futures events in the summer and during breaks, was a better alternative than turning pro at age 17 or 18. In addition you got an education an/or degree and something to fall back on if you do not make it as a tennis pro.

There are lot of smart people who know more about this change than me, so I hope others will share their opinions.

If I am right about this change and the result is that fewer top juniors go the college tennis route, college tennis of the future may not have any guys who have typically played #1 on the top teams in the past.

(In response to this post by ncdevil)

Link: Link to article on new men'sTransition Tour in 2019

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 4:26PM


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