Another exchange between Lawrence Roddick and Wayne Bryan regarding the 10 and Under Mandate. It appears the USTA is really digging in it’s heels on the matter. All over the globe the mandate has been met with resistance from knowledgable coaches and in the USA there is no exception to this. I cannot find 1 out of 10 I speak to who think the mandate is a good idea. Below is Roddick in black and Wayne Bryan is in blue.
This is a very true scenario. JC has missed 3 tournaments within 30 miles of his house because of the U10 mandate. Soon to be 4 at the beginning of January. This Mandate is just absurd. Alice in Wonderland. Again, sad, silly, stupid. Today he played a semi-final in a Grand Prix 16s and got beat 1 and 3. But it was great for JC. It was a quality match and we all learned a lot…the way it should be and we will tee it up next month in 16s…..I have looked at the upcoming schedule in Texas and it looks like we are in Grand Prixs for the next 2 months. Just no USTA tournaments around over the next 2 months. Texas is doubling down on the U10 Mandate. I will let you go. Dont forget the USTA mission statement To Grow the Game of Tennis…..Wow!…Yeah, Lawrence, so sorry about all you are having to go through to just enable your talented and passionate JC to be able to play regular tennis against his 10 year old peers. Rather than being helpful, the USTA sets up minefields everywhere. USTA PD is the biggest obstacle to the growth and health of tennis in this country and I have been saying that for some 23 years now . . .
And ya know – - – JC Roddick will be just fine and come out the other end on all this, but I worry about all the regular kids who don’t have experienced parents or great coaches to keep them in the game and to overcome these hindrances. We are going to lose many of them completely . . . and we already have. Our 10s draws in SoCal are down . . . same with the South and elsewhere.
Thank goodness this crazy Mandate was not around when Mike, Bob, Andy and Mardy were coming along. Can you imagine how a Gloria Connors would have reacted to this foolishness? Or Mike Agassi? Or Stefano Capriati? Or Richard and Oracene Williams? Just like Vic Braden and Robert Lansdorp and Tm Heckler and Will Hoag and Blanche Roddick and so many other top parents and pros in SoCal are reacting to it now . . . they are all disgusted and amazed at the arrogance of our governing body.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family and hang in there,0
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