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[tennisbiz] Re: Junior Development is not about etiquette

From: Sergio Cruz <>
Date: Wed 30 Apr 2003 08:33:42 +0200

<x-charset iso-8859-1>I hear you and could not agree anymore!

I coached Jim Courier 1988/89/90 in the
ATP Tour, even with a 14th ranking in the
WORLD the self proclaimed "blue color"
boy had a hard time getting center court
play until the quarters or semis.
I often argued with ATP officials to the
disadvantages that Jim was subjected to,
they always came up with some lame
excuses that made me rather vomit.
In the end it was appeal, Jim was a
brute with very little sex appeal and
he did not look like a "sissy" or better
said as polished as others.
That followed Jim throughout his career.
Fortunately champions learn to raise
from the most incredible difficulties
and environments to just become
what they where born to be;
Famous champions that where simple
ball boys (not today's ballboys at ATP/WTA
tournaments, ballboys at clubs for the members
and receiving miser tips for a long days work at
very young age!) from VERY poor families:

Manolo Santana
Andres Gimeno
Manolo Orantes
Jose Higueras
Ivan Molina
Jairo Velasco
Guillermo Villas
Their Titles include multiple Roland Garros, US Open,
Australian Open, Wimbledon, many other titles and
some ranked N#1 in the world.


Received on Wed Apr 30 2003 - 07:46:38 CDT

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