thatīs interesting at least... I browsed on that website for a few times when I was looking for some information about James but read many players were included in that sport system like Rusty as well if Iīm not wrong... I thought the AIS helps young athletes to get better in their sport until they are settled and able to make money on their own.... but I donīt know if the AIS works on the same basis like Bolletieriīs academy in Florida where many current players practice as well but I think they have their own order and rules and are not under the pressure and influence of the academy...
The AIS is a governement funded body, not an independent enterprise like Bolletieri's academy. Players have to meet a certan criteria and be selected to ve in the AIS. There are various levels, full scholarship, guest scholarship, etc. There are not a lot of player's at any one time at the AIS, so the emphasis is on training blocks, physical testing, phyiscal training and coaching. Their are AIS rules are regulations to be followed and the pressure to perform to keep your scholarship and meet the criteria.
The past few years, ex-AIS players, if they have maintained their ranking, are supported by Tennis Australia in the Davis Cup Development squad - players such as Ebden, Marinko, Jones.