Monday, December 16, 2013
Former Davis Cup player Richard Fromberg, now a private coach, agrees that the result of a flawed system is that the rich go further, while the poor stay home. ''I just think that the points-based system has to be strongly reviewed,'' says Fromberg. ''Not enough kids are getting the opportunity for this coming tournament, and the rankings are completely false, because the points-based system is encouraging kids to travel to remote places, and it's favouring the kids that are financially well-off that can afford to do so.''
Is this growing the game?Distance is a huge problem in Australia and as you read the article juniors are cheating the system by entering Australian Money Tournaments to increase their ranking points to qualify for Nationals.
I will be adding my views to the release of TNZ High Performance program and the Elite Targeted Athlete , just need to think it through and weigh up CEO John's comments "But don’t expect immediate results says Johns who stresses that the new Targeted Athlete strategy is a long term plan saying “we are not expecting the four selected players to win every match they play from now on-wards as its about potential and how we can collectively harness that potential to ensure that they are the very best prepared to take on the rigors of a touring tennis professional" says Johns .Forgive me readers I am a little skeptical with these comments from the former Surf Life Saver.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I bet this sent crazy tennis parents in a spin and running to the birth certificates just to double check.I am amazed still how many parents gauge the success of their child by results achieved locally.Yes Crazy tennis parents are alive and well in New Zealand.Knowing a few (way too many) the real tennis equation is does the child really want to put in the sacrifices, dedication and hard work.Mostly these factors are parental driven and that is why many fail.Oh the other thing is the parents bank balance, sadly in this sport the money factor is important and for me ..too many spoilt kids are kept in the sport for the wrong reasons and too many "gutsy" juniors are lost to the sport because of the money factor.
Marina cannot get any help from the governing bodies so how is the "average Joe blow" going to survive...they are not and end up lost to other sports. I did keep an eye on the Junior Fed and Davis Cup results and New Zealand fielded a team in the Fed Cup team At Worlds.I have to ask this question why on earth did the New Zealand Number 1 not go to this event electing to play low grade ITF'S, ...instead part time players with little match play were included.And if you want to check their playing records go to Configure rankings and see how many recent matches they had under the belt before being selected for this event.There has to be a good reason!Tennis New Zealand has publicly remained silent but there are rumours , one would expect any funding allocated to elite players would warrant availability to these events.I know there are always two sides to the story so lets hear it.
Rubin Statham made a return to Davis Cup play,good to see him back in the fold and hopefully it was on his terms not TNZ that he played.I am always amazed at the continual overlooking of strong coaches and administrators for position of note and "yes" guys and girls getting positions that they are truly not worthy of. I have said it time and time again tennis in this country is being run by an elitist body with many of them having way too much time on their hands. We do not cater for the masses ...the time comes when juniors and parents say the cost and the elitism is way too much to continue in the sport.
I was related a story from a coach why a junior was playing tennis.The father said they played golf and tennis because of the status of people playing and to enhance his future,whoops little did this parent know some people in the tennis circle you need to stay real clear of.Here is the link to the Marina story LINK
I could not finish this post without a Bernard Tomic story. This clown and his over sized head ceases to amaze me with his antics.Yes schoolies week on the Gold Coast and look who turned up to celebrate his fantastic 2013 season.NOT! Yes he is really preparing for the summer of tennis and no doubt a second round loss at the Aussie Open.The report said well he is just a 21 year old but I cant remember seeing Nadal, Federer etc at schoolies week or similar. Yes Bernie until you deflate that ego of yours then 2014 will be much the same as 2013 or worse!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
I will be updating the Local scene soon....Just a short post today still not back to 100 %
Monday, June 10, 2013
Nadal wins 8th Roland Garros title.A true champion that will inspire or has inspired a new Generation of champions.Nadal is honest and respectful ,he gives his best ....most times that is enough but a few times he has come up short, it's these times that make a champion it's not how many times you get knocked down its about how many times you get back up.Congratulations Rafa!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Is Serena Williams the GOAT? She sent Maria packing her bags for the grasscourt season.Maria did play well but no one can stop Serena she is clearly the Number 1 Lady and Heads to Wimbledon to add another slam! Have we another Hingis ? Belinda Benic from Switzerland won the Girls title and in an earlier post I said unseeded Christian Garrin from Chile was one of the favourites..well he won the Boys title.
Competition Winners - Congratulations Ken and Fuzzy Yellow Balls for taking out the Ladies with a correct Last selection being Serena Williams. There was no Men's winner.
Well done Serena 2013 Ladies champion and her second title here.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Head to Head Serena leads Shazza 13-2, Daddy Shazza has said that the Serena Monster was too powerful for his daughter , Serena is the one player she is truley scared of. Unfortunately Shazza Game plan consists of two ingrediants.1 Hit the ball Hard, and if that does not work Hit the ball harder! Serena has never been happier and more focused, Patrick has done well with her tennis and her heart.Shazza has to play a blinder, yep those power strokes have to land in! Her heart has been taken ...or I really think she has taken the Heart Of Grigor ..what she does with it time will tell.She knows nothing about Men's tennis ..she was taken on in twitter by Chardy's Girl friend.To end below is the twitter war ...
Serena will answer all of Maria's problems today.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Rasheed said ""Fitness is a big part of it. It's a bit of a no-brainer in my mind; why wouldn't you tick that box? Once you've done that, it keeps your mind in a better frame and the decisions you make on the court are more sound for longer periods of time.
Yes Fed fans you can watch this over and over and Fed will always be at his best ! I know a few of you will be in let down mode so this picture is for you !
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Not a bad payout , especially for wildcards that did not have to qualify.Young Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios won a round and earned a $45,465 pay check.Both received Wildcards to the main draw in a reciprocal arrangement with the French who get Wildcards for players to the Australian Open.I think both are deserving but of course they did not play there way into the event as other qualifiers did. Ok looks glamorous does it not.But take players trying to make like Rubin Statham New Zealand's top player he and many more are really battling to make enough money to pay expenses whilst building their ranking points.These guys are doing it tough and have no funds for coaches and some eventually have to leave the tour because of finances.With little support from National body's what chance have these players who are busting their "guts" to get ahead. Below are the prize money on offer at the 10,000 and 15,000 ITF Future events.
So Rubin won the singles event a week ago at a 15,000 ITF event in Korea, after Deduction take home pay was around $1365.00 the following week Statham lost early.During the same week Statham won the doubles..take home was around $330.00 Take in account of Travel etc there is little left from the winnings! Common Federer , Nadal and Murray and co you can make a difference in advocating more prize money at the bottom end.Its very much the same with the Ladies and Serena etc should spend less time on nails and get behind the players of the future. These events need prize money increases , players need support teams just like the top guys but the reality is they cant afford a doctors visit let alone have a coach with them! They are limited to where they can play and how many events they can get to. Well that is my opinion!
The Junior Roland Garros Champs- I have written many times that high ITF junior rankings can be misleading , you have to look where points have been accumulated and also have an understanding that many of the elite juniors do not front up to a lot of junior events.Overnight former New Zealander now Great Britain Cameron Norrie who was ranked top 10 went out first round 7/5 6/2 convincingly beaten ( points wise it was around 74 to 50).The young guy that beat him was Christian Garin from Chile aged 17. Garin was unseeded whilst Norrie was 15th seed. Garin since January has been playing Future events and doing pretty darn good reaching a couple of finals!.Another young player that had to qualify as his Junior ranking is in the 1,000s Albert Alcaraz Ivorra too out the 9 th seed yesterday.He has been playing futures also and made some finals this year.The same is happening you bet in the Girl's event yesterday five girls seeds went including the No 3 and No 4 seeds.A qualifier who I think is one of the favourites Sara Sorribes Tormo is also unseeded and won her first round .
Nick Kyrgios the World Junior Number 1 and who did well in the Main draw Men's, is top Seed for the Boys.I do not think he can win this event on clay , there are a number of reasons, the main is that he is back playing amongst his peers and the pressure is all on him, most of the other guys will be keen to play him and will lift their game as they have nothing to lose.I still think Nick has a way to go physically and moving on this surface so it will be interesting as the draw unfolds, I hope as an Aussie I am wrong.
I will try to keep you up to date with the juniors.
My Top 3 matches today are below.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Well not many matches for me stand out today but below are my top 3 picks.
And so with confrontation the theme below is the Daily Dirt
Steve1959- Ferrer , Ken-Almagro- , Feds Fan - Ferrer Fuzzy Yellow Balls - Nishikori ,Del Boy - Wawrinka. Jenny -Ferrer
Eliminated Bec -Monfils. Its getting tricky Good luck with round 4 and use this post for selections via the comments section.Mitch got confused with the rounds and unfortunately has been eliminated.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Ok straight into my Top 3 matches of the day , I think I could have picked another 3 just as good.
Jankovic seems to beat up Stosur a little and this will see where Slamming one Slam Sammy is , brain vs brawn here, Paire is an up and comer he is French and may have the hometown edge on the fighting Samurai from Japan. The big match is Dimitrov vs Djokovic a week or so ago Dimitrov had a win against the Djoker ...I need to say he did not go on an win that tournament and the lack of consistency to beat a player such as Djoker in a slam I feel is not there yet.He did get a phone call from his new Girl friend Maria Sharapova hence the Daily Dirt Issue having some fun.The call was how to beat Djokovic.
If you want to leave in the comment section what you think she told him please do.
Ok where ever you are in the world today enjoy today's action. Before I go All of New Zealand will be hoping Marina Erakovic will win tonight ..whether they could be bothered to switch channels from the Rugby remains to be seen.
Friday, May 31, 2013
It was time to hit the road For Li Na , the knock out blow delivered by American Mattek-Sands . Have I mentioned how the American women are really on fire this tournament.Do not believe everything you read tennis in the USA is very competitive , very intense and would be a great place for good young juniors from our side of the world to play tournaments and gain invaluable experience . We have the idea that we must get to Europe! USA is a cheaper location and as I said a good environment for junior tournaments.
Hold on to your hats New Zealand , yes Marina has made it to the 3 rd round. She now plays American Sloane Stephens.
Anything can happen ,as we know clay is not Erakovic's favourite surface but this is tennis and anything at grand Slam level especially in the Ladies can happen.One of the commentators on radio said "how will New Zealand react"?
I think they thought dancing in the streets ..alas they have no idea of the tennis environment in this country.Marina of course attracts most of the funding and Guys like Rubin Statham New Zealand No 1 male
receives little or no support from TNZ and refuses to play Davis Cup.Recently Cameron Norrie top 10 ITF junior defected to Great Britain.Let me have a dig at Great Britain right now ..no female from GB progressed past round 1.A nation that pours millions of Dollars into their tennis program each year is very much an under achiever.
I have mentioned a Blog called PsuedoFed before it really takes the "mickey" out of Federer...but you have to laugh... he writes as if Fed is writing to his fans here is a small section from his latest post
"Hello Mon fans,