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Perhaps the NCAA could allow you to play tennis and go to college?
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Perhaps the NCAA could allow you to play tennis and go to college?
Well, I've already got 3 years of college under my belt

I will definitely attempt to try out for the FAU team when I transfer there next year.

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I wish you all the best with that project.
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your transfering to FAU? Juan Bolona who was playing here at Clemson recently went to the UCF team.

you could try to get the team manager job at FAU. You could help out the team and get paid as well as getting a foot into the door in the world of tennis management. Plus you would be allowed to play with the team sometimes as well.

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give tennis lessons for a boost in cash. I do it for the summer and then stop in winter. You have the luxury of doing it all year round.
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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.
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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.
How much are we talking about here roughly?
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Hey Jon, sounds like a difficult situation and I have no bloody idea how sponsoring deals (that's the way to find you some money isn't it?) work in the US - but best of luck anyhows.
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Shame that you might have to hang up your rackets. Best of luck to you and I hope you get the money issues sorted out.

Having said that, don't be too upset if you "have to" start working a "normal" job. Honestly I think that pro sports is a very difficult field to make a decent living especially considering that careers tend to be quite short and many pros are left with very little career opportunities after their active careers are over. Working hard at a normal job will get you promoted eventually and combine that with smart investment decisions, you can be very well off later in life .

I very much hope you make it, I'm just saying that the alternative isn't really that bad .

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Shame that you might have to hang up your rackets. Best of luck to you and I hope you get the money issues sorted out.

Having said that, don't be too upset if you "have to" start working a "normal" job. Honestly I think that pro sports is a very difficult field to make a decent living especially considering that careers tend to be quite short and many pros are left with very little career opportunities after their active careers are over. Working hard at a normal job will get you promoted eventually and combine that with smart investment decisions, you can be very well off later in life .

I very much hope you make it, I'm just saying that the alternative isn't really that bad .
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Money issues are annoying but happen to everyone, just keep your head up and work just as hard and maybe you'll catch a break. And if it doesn't work out, you can always try and stay involved in the sport, maybe through coaching or writing about it... god knows we need more tennis journalists that know what they're talking about

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i have seen jonathan hit. he has sound mechanics.

could be a great tennis instructor at a high school level.
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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.
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