Re: Tursunov on how much it costs to be a tennis player
Along with slow surfaces and physicality, the financial burdens of becoming a professional tennis player must surely be a major reason why the talent pool of youngsters coming through is very weak.
Compared to other sports, in tennis you have to rise up pretty high up the rankings to make a good living out of the sport. The prize money at challenger and future events remaining pretty much the same over the last 20-30 years, while the costs associated with entering those events increasing with inflation, means that lower ranked players are worse off now than they were in previous generations.
In team sports you have so much more money to be distributed to so many more players, signed contracts with a regular, fixed source of income, have 50% of games at home and hence enjoy a settled home lifestyle, and your club pays for travelling, accommodation and food for team meals.
Tennis's rival expensive, middle class, individual sport golf has far more big money sponsors, less travelling and significantly more money to filter down the rankings. Plus golfers have much longer careers than tennis players.
In a 'normal' day or office job, the net earnings of many of us are better than that of the vast majority of ranked tennis players on the tour, as we don't have to worry about such hefty career-based costs.
Tennis is a brilliant and fun sport to play on a recreational basis. However with each passing year it is becoming less of an attractive or sensible career option. Tennis will always be a sport that loses so much talent to other sports or 'regular' jobs for financial reasons.