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How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

They're next door to Australia where tennis is popular and yet they can't produce a top 500 player, what gives?
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Re: How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

Lack of tennis infrastructure, no good coaching available, no competitive tournaments. Lack of tennis history basically, same reason a country like Uruguay or Greece have very few players.
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Lack of tennis infrastructure, no good coaching available, no competitive tournaments. Lack of tennis history basically, same reason a country like Uruguay or Greece have very few players.
Has NZ ever had any top 100 players?
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Has NZ ever had any top 100 players?
Yes, plenty.

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Has NZ ever had any top 100 players?
Try using Google now and then . They even had a Wimbledon finalist.

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Yes, plenty.
I don't get it, if NZ produce some before why can't they do it nowadays?
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Has NZ ever had any top 100 players?
Marina Erakovic on the female side.

Chris Lewis reached the final of Wimbledon in 1983 I believe, though he was unseeded so I dont know whether he was ever a top 100 player.

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Maybe some lone-wolf dude from NZ will probably emerge like Baghdatis... I'd like that to happen actually.

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Re: How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

They're a small English speaking nation.

Of course they're going to have a hard time

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They don't have enough Croats. Simply as that.

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Try using Google now and then . They even had a Wimbledon finalist.

Chris Lewis
Onny Parun
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Brett Steven
What I was talking about? Croat, finalist of AO.

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Marina Erakovic on the female side.

Chris Lewis reached the final of Wimbledon in 1983 I believe, though he was unseeded so I dont know whether he was ever a top 100 player.
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Re: How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

Don't complain. Norway's best player is ranked 1,802, and he isn't even Norwegian. We're next to Sweden, but obviously doesn't help much.
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Re: How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

Russell Simpson
Jeff Simpson

Both Newzealanders that made the top 100 also.
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Re: How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

nobody rising through the ranks in the juniors' circuit either. this guy

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/pla...ayer=100129684

is nzl's best shot, currently at no. 73.
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Don't complain. Norway's best player is ranked 1,802, and he isn't even Norwegian. We're next to Sweden, but obviously doesn't help much.
i would love norway's best vs. bahamas's best, both crappy players.
actually they should have all the crappy tennis nations in one tournament and it called the crappy tennis nations cup.
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Re: How come New Zealand sucks at tennis?

In the last 20 years they had a top 32 player and a GS quarterfinalist (if I remember correctly) in Steven.

King-Turner was doing pretty well in 2010 and disappeared in early 2011 because of injury.

They have a talented and underachiieving WTA player in Erakovic.

That is not terribly bad for a country with population of what, 3 million, 4 million?
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