Being from the South opens one up to quick criticism. My particular myopia centers around the world of college sports, mostly tennis. This began in 1972. Just this year I’ve made a “comeback”. My blog has 15 articles on the subject(s) published this year. Below I have listed related comments, if anyone is paying attention. If you read only one along with this one, go to #122.
Once again the only two American winners, save the Williams sisters, are college products. John Isner and the Bryan twins won the Davis Cup round.
My strong belief is that the only hope for future top American players, is the allotment of scholarships to our youngsters. Many youngsters are not playing football and basketball for whatever reason. Tennis needs to position itself to attract these youngsters as their next option of choice.
Ah, but the law. The constitution and NATIONAL ORIGIN. I think the Morel Letter (see blog 116) gives tennis the “out” needed. There again, that Southern thing!
Anyway–to start the new year how about the SIX BY SIX plan? There are six singles players in the standard team format. There are also 6 slots for doubles (2 players per team, 3 teams). How about this: Six of the twelve slots must be filled by Americans?
Bob Burton said the NCAA should be restricted to ten rules. Add one? You have to eliminate one.
So here come the nit pickers: How do you allot scholarships? fill out your lineups? injuries? etc.
Call it the Parham 6×6 plan. But the details and rules? That is for the next Xenophobe.
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