Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
Shitloads of clay futures events is the main reason. The Spanish get the best education in modern tennis without leaving their own country.
You won't find the next Spanish top 10 player getting hyped up at a junior slam because he's probably been grinding in futures qualies since he was 15
Slower hardcourts have probably helped them translate that success to the very biggest stages but it wouldn't mean shit if the structure wasn't already in place
That is true:
Those futures tournaments are played almost exclusively by Spanish players, there are about a 1000 of them around in all levels, from U-12 to ATP, and the level is very demanding, the competition is tough even inside of clubs themselves and there are tons of qualified coaches across the country.
Clay is giving the foundation for the modern game because there you can build the power and consistency of strokes, the patience to build points, the stamina to stay on rallies and if you serve well on clay, you can serve well everywhere else.
It's all about the sports culture and how much is spend in those, for example, Spain has 23,995 UEFA qualified coaches in comparison with England's 2,769 and we can continue with many other sports