He doesn't owe them shit.
Of course he does, the provided him training facilities and coaches for years. He cannoy just leave when he becomes an okay player when he has always had monetary support from the USA.
T]If this is true, then it is legally binding, but if not, then fuck the USTA. Bogo should be able to play for whatever team would be happy to have him.
You really love to complain, did you even read the article? It does not say that he cannot play for Russia, it says he must repay the USA for their help throughout the recent years.
Agreed. He wasn't gonna get a sniff with the US Davis Cup team anyways. I would've done the same as Alex.
You can easily liken this story to a story in many corporate places where you cannot jump straight to a competitor.
Bogomolov is a mug, why does USTA have their panties in a bunch about this? You'd think they were losing Olderer or something...
He is top 35, its a big deal, precedent setting really.
Originally Posted by PiggyGotRoasted
Why do the USTA even care? For most of his career he has represented the usa, would have they cared if he was still ranked 150 in the world? If he was $40k in debt, then it could be argued that the support the USTA gave him wasnt enough and isnt what is causing his success. What would they do if James Blake suddenly decided to represent Great Britain, would they care more or less?
How much would he have been in debt if he were given nothing? If a player is given $100k but spends $140k, does he owe nothing to the USA in that situation?