This annual look at developments in junior and college tennis gives me the opportunity to highlight important issues that could change the landscape of the sport in ways large or small in the coming year. Here are last year’s questionssome of which are postponed, with new variants, to this year.
A documentary film crew follows Ariana Pursoo
Will junior tennis get its own Break Point documentary series?
The sports world is abuzz over the just-released Netflix documentary series. Breaking point, which granted unprecedented access to top ATP and WTA pros last season. Since last fall, teams from SpringHill, LeBron James’ production company, have filmed juniors Stiles Brockett, Joseph Oyebog, Ariana Pursoo and Stephanie Yakoff at major tournaments across the country, and with the blessing of the USTA, too, has collected hundreds of hours of footage on and off the field. At the moment there is no release date or outlet for the project, tentatively known as “On The Rise”, but it cannot be denied that a significant investment has been made in the company .
Is the International Tennis Federation’s World Tennis Number finally having an impact?
This is the third year in a row that the ITF tennis world number has appeared in this column, so you could say he hasn’t made much of an impression so far as he struggles to compile and to disperse its data.
As an example, three of the six American juniors playing in Australia this month do not appear on the public WTN search site, although their WTNs are on the Open Junior Championships acceptance lists. Australia and have played regularly in the ITF World Championship. Men’s circuit of the Tennis Tour.