Originally Posted by RustyOz
If Nick's "defection" to Sweden is true, let us hope it is not the start of a trend. There are other men with ties to other countries - like Tomic, Matosevic, Ball, Ebden, Jonesie and even Luczak. Quite a cosmopolitan bunch the top ten Men in Australia!
Not sure of Millman's parentage, but he, Hewitt and Klein are Aussie, although Klein may have some other heritage?
Good luck to Nick in Sweden. He has done alot for Aus Tennis.This is sad but prob the right move for him.
Gee the defection list is growing . Suprise suprise, you would think with the massive player budgets and number of
coaches TA have they would be able to fully support more than " their best ever group " and manage ALL players properly.
But thats not the word going around the past few years, so I guess this is not suprising at all.
It is also interesting how in AUS players get labelled one thing or another, yet talk to coaches overseas about the very same players
and the players they reject here are highly respected overseas, noted to be hard working and have good attitudes.
Wonder what it is in Aus, that they cant manage different players and personalities , as like Margaret Court says,
Champions are different.
In Aus it seems to go that if one coach doesn't like a player then they all jump on board and there starts the demise.
Funny I hear quite a few players wishing they had other heritage as so many have been dropped since youth policy and
just want a fair go. I dont think these sweeping reforms , and zero tolerance attitudes help anyone. Thats not the " Aussie Way " if you ask me !!
I guess thats just how scary tennis or should I say , the TENNIS BUSINESS in AUS has become now, here they are wanting to build a stronger player base, yet they dropped so many as they where ready to make the transition to mens, you wonder in such a small country how can that make any sense ?
Aus Loss , Sweden Gain.
Players like Nick do not come along everyday.