Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tennis Australia and Tennis New Zealand Trade players- Just like the WWE draft
So it was of interest reading a tournament report from the Tennis New Zealand site and this caught my eye 'Kiwis Marcus Daniell and Marvin Barker have successfully qualified for the Main Draw at the US$15,000 ITF event in Ipswich, Australia' Marcus Daniel certainly a household name in New Zealand but Marvin Barker? Is this a trade off with Sean Berman now an Aussie, New Zealand gets Marvin Barker?????????. So I did the ITF player search and sure enough his profile Marvin Barker(nz) born in 1991 and in Sandringham , could be Auckland! but the name just doesn't ring a bell on the local front so the eye dug deeper.Looking at his junior career he certainly has played quite a few Junior ITF events in fact in 2007 in the Wellington Junior ITF he had a great run getting to the Semi's beating Marcus Daniel and Ricky McLachlan on way losing in three sets to Finn Tearney.Ok this is great how could we not know this guy , so I look at the draw and low and behold he has that dreaded AUS against his name. Ok maybe a print error , but no all the tournaments list the player as Aus in Fact During an Australia F11 Futures 2009 Dec 30 Nov to 06 Dec 2009 the player was still being recorded as AUS against his name.But something happened the player obviously "came out" and become a proud New Zealander being listed in the current Futures tournament in Ipswich with the NZ against his name!!!!! Goodbye Tennis Australia and Hello Tennis New Zealand !!!!!Here is the LINKto the player profile.