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"I think the USTA needs to spend more time searching for talent in the inner cities," says Larry Stefanki, who has been coaching Roddick for several years and, before that, took Marcelo Rios to No. 1 in the world and helped Yevgeny Kafelnikov win the Australian Open. "You need kids with hunger, and you can't tell me that there aren't plenty of them with the skills and the ambition to succeed amongst those less privileged areas of our society. But they need to see tennis as a cool sport, they need to be drawn to it. Otherwise, they are going to go and play basketball."
 

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Dunno aren't most pro's of today starting at age 6-8 somewhere. Need parents that are 100% commited to tennis. Can't just go and scan for talent in some pickup basketball game in the city. Tennis seems to have a lot to do with having parents that push for it. If the parents are working just for their own survival they can't push their young kid hard enough.

To be fair basketball is probably a safer bet for some less privileged kids. It's so hard at a young age to earn enough for travel and other expenses. Tennis isn't really a sport that favors the poor and less privileged and even if he is right how does he expect it to be done? Pay them to force their kid with good genes to pick tennis? What will the normal kids say then when they get bumped away. Lots of problems
 
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