By Iris Theresa. Tennis. Published at Monday, April 09th, 2018 - 06:48:34 AM.
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Tennis players make a LOT of money. The ones at the top make millions a year JUST from their on-court accomplishments alone (not to mention the mind-blowing figures of money thrown at them for sponsorship and adverts and so on). So should there not be a certain respect a certain decorum that acknowledges their position and their iconic status - something representative of their understanding how those they influence can mimic behavior that they are not only heroes but examples of how to live life? Tennis needs strong role models who lead the way. The players not at the top make a lot of money too. The ones outside the top 100 can make a living that way. Of course getting to 200 in the world is not easy as that means a player is in the best 200 in the world. Just do the math on the world population and surely it’s an impressive feat too. The point is if Roger Federer who smashed rackets as a teenager can stop for the most part (he does occasionally have a tantrum) if Nadal can never ever smash one because his coach stated when he was a child that if he ever did that they would be finished if those players can have the discipline and mental focus and not be violent and channel the frustration of some moments into improving their play in the following points is that not what should be trained encouraged and implemented on a much wider scale?
But with all due respect to these cons there are too many pros for the ITF not to move forward with these proposed changes. There is no denying that Davis Cup has becoming increasingly irrelevant in a crowded calendar and that is a result in large part to the lack of consistent star power. The established elite can hardly be blamed for not wanting to commit to multiple ties though particularly given that they do not know where or on what surface they will be played. By reducing the Davis Cup to a single week players will now know where and when they will be expected to compete and when factoring in travel and preparation it will also ultimately require less of a commitment of their valuable time than the current format does. It is a recipe that must look more enticing to the biggest names.
Hat/Visor: A lot of tennis players say they don't like playing with hats but I think you always have to keep a lightweight hat in your bag in case that summer sun just gets too hot and bright. This goes in the category of skin protection but it also has to do with performance. When the sun is getting in your eyes on your service toss or overheads from one side of the court a hat can be a simple and easy solution to the problem. If you don't like hats go with a visor! They are good to have just in case.
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