Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

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Re: Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

Post by Atithee » Sun May 14, 2017 7:51 pm

Sin Hombre wrote:In all honesty, a monetarily profitable tennis professional career is already beyond him.
SH -- FYI; this guy plays squash not tennis. He may be world class and his best years may indeed be ahead of him.

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Re: Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

Post by Prashant » Sun May 14, 2017 10:30 pm

I don't know too much about Alex Solanki, and I wish him nothing but the best. But, why would anyone donate money based on that website? There are zero plans and zero details. What will he do with the money? Hire a coach? A physio? Buy equipment? Pay for travel? How much would each of those cost?

Right now, he says it costs Rs 33,000 per month for shoes & "glutting" (which I assume means getting rackets strung?). OK, so for 12 months, that implies Rs 4 lakhs just for that. But, ostensibly this campaign is to spend "next year tennis training and tournaments" in Europe, and is raising a total of 5 lakhs. The math doesn't even begin to add up.

I am skeptical of crowd funding in general for such endeavors, but more so when there are zero useful details on the campaign.

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Re: Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

Post by Sin Hombre » Mon May 15, 2017 12:33 am

Atithee wrote:
Sin Hombre wrote:In all honesty, a monetarily profitable tennis professional career is already beyond him.
SH -- FYI; this guy plays squash not tennis. He may be world class and his best years may indeed be ahead of him.
I was talking about Solanki there.

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Re: Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

Post by Atithee » Mon May 15, 2017 2:27 am

SH -- Ok. Sorry for not reading your msg correctly.

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Re: Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

Post by sameerph » Mon May 15, 2017 5:17 am

Alex Solanki had shown good promise while playing for Indian under 14/under 16 teams in the junior team tournaments. But, he could not carry that forward to ITF juniors where his best ranking has been only 180. For someone like him, I think the best course would be to find a decent US college where he can join and try to improve his game in the 3-4 year period. If he has talent, he still can get back to pros and have a decent run like Saketh had.

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Re: Turn pro at 18 yrs or go to US college on tennis scholarship

Post by VReddy » Mon May 15, 2017 12:39 pm

Prashant wrote: I am skeptical of crowd funding in general for such endeavors, but more so when there are zero useful details on the campaign.
In Switzerland, noticed few campaigns but they focus on specific aspects (say to participate in Orange Bowl, to fund the Clay Court swing with a coach ). I agree though without specific detail, these campaigns look amateurish. However - I am not sure if the target audience is people like us.


Some examples from Switzerland below

1. Leonie Küng: 16-yr old. Ranked ~750 in pros. Hasn't played much of ITF Pro events. Has been competitive against top-200 pro players in the couple of matches that I had seen live. So somewhere similar to Karman or higher I guess. Had done a fund raiser in the past to play in the Orange Bowl: http://www.ibelieveinyou.ch/ibiy/src/#! ... in-den-usa
2. Conny Perry: Top-200 and did a small fundraiser to fund her coaching staff during the french open leg. http://www.ibelieveinyou.ch/ibiy/src/#! ... and-garros

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