It’s day 3 of my campaign – and I have a contribution from Kim & Brad Gilbert!!! Yes, THAT Brad Gilbert – who is THE REAL LEGEND of our sport. Thanks, Kim & Brad, for believing in me & I-Tea-F idea.
I will return to tennis practices tomorrow, after 2 weeks of interruption because of injury. As I am not currently able to pay for hitting partner’s work, I will practice with my younger brother – till things been changed somehow.
The only problem that I have no tennis shoes (neither money to buy it) at the moment… but I am not whining. Actually, I started this project not to think or talk about this stuff (“oh people I do not have this or that!“) anymore. My family is low-income, and I can’t do nothing with it. So I will try to earn for my tennis needs myself.
Success of many young players is determined by tennis “logistics” – as well as her/his talent & luck. So to shine in Grand Slams or Indian Wells, a player should have proper practicing & travelling conditions for years – financed by parents, sponsors or federation.
But here is another important question to think about: why, if a player is not from rich family, has not attracted sponsor’s attention at his/her junior stage, and does not have enough support from federation, he/she can not earn for the normal being by PLAYING TENNIS?
Think about the following:
In Zagreb (for instance) there are about 3,000 taxi drivers.
There are about 10,000 to 12,000 of waitresses & bartenders in cafes & reastaurants, and we have here much more open vacancies than people willing to fill them in.
All these people are doing respected and physically demanding job – but it’s definitely not such challenging as a job of professional tennis player.
All these people earn enough to feed up their families – in the capital of Croatia a bartender of taxi driver brings home around 800-900 EUR monthly.
HOW IS THIS FUCKING POSSIBLE THAT THERE IS NO PLACE FOR 3,000 PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS IN THE WHOLE WORLD – and ITF wants to reduce this number?
Why a tennis player who is among top-500 in the world and top-10 in the country, can’t regularly earn the same amount a hairdresser or cook from his/her neighborhood can?
That’s the thing I honestly can’t understand.