Well, folks, I've got an update.
I've been training nearly 4 full months and my coach is astounded at my level of improvement. My game is getting better by leaps and bounds.
But, as is the case with most tennis players, lack of money is my issue. My family is doing as best we can, but we are simply unable to pay for training. It is not set in stone yet, but I predict about a 66% chance of me having to give up my dream of #1 in the world before the end of the year. I'll have to go back to college, get a degree, maybe grad school, and be a regular schmuck like everyone else.
I sort of feel like Ray Liotta at the end of Goodfellas, living in witness protection.
This is just tough to deal with mentally. It would be one thing if my coach told me: "Johnny, I appreciate your desire, but kid, you really can't go any further than this." I could accept that. But no, he believes fully I can make it in this game.
It is tough now. We'll see what happens. Maybe God has in store a surprise for me.
This is sad news, dude. Anyway, money doesn't make you happy. Believe me. It's your relationships to women which makes you happy. However, you need to continue to fight.