So what do you think of this little news locally. Readers leave me a comment on what you think , just hit the highlighted comments line under this article and its pretty simple from there.
New Zealand and Malaysia have pulled out of their Asia-Oceania zonal group ties, unable to find suitable players to field a team.
New Zealand's Sacha Jones is injured while Marina Erakovic, who is returning from injury, has opted to play a challenger this week in an attempt to boost her ranking. "We didn't think it was viable," said New Zealand federation chief Steve Wood.
I am really not surprised with this course of action as Tennis slips further down the tree of sports in this country .Lets have a look at a couple of points made in this news brief.
1.Unable to find suitable players.- A great backing to all New Zealand female tennis players. This is attracting news for all the wrong reasons! So its loud and clear I guess if the players in the "eyes of TNZ" don't reach a certain playing criteria then we won't send a team!
2."We didn't think it was viable- In other words we don't really have the money but yet in the Southern Region there was a waste of over$150,000.00 setting up a CEO that failed, three cars in the region that are still being payed for,a development officer , the resignation of a board, investigations into mismanagement...the region actually operated fine by a volunteer Southern region before this new great scheme that has led to total disaster for tennis in the Southern Region.So this money that has dissapeared with out any benefit to local associations could of funded three years of Fed Cup appearances.
On the other hand the players in question to be selected probably were not of that standard but certainly would of benefited by the experience.Unfortunately parents and juniors are often blinded by local results thinking they are on the way to Wimbledon ...far from it 300- 400 would be a good result for local players but by New Zealand standards that ain't going to get you into Fed Cup!
Lately results of the local Men have been disappointing with some playing local money tournaments, its a hard road to the top simply at this stage players here don't have enough financial backing, the discipline and mental approach, nor the depth and playing level to make you fight to get to the top nor a structured development program .Far too many local coaches paying lip service to parents with big dreams!