Are We Killing the Dream? Part 1

On February 1, 2018, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) sent out a press release describing its effort to reduce the number of professional tennis players through the creation of a Transition Tour (see and for more info).  What's obviously missing from the ITF's announcement is a clear-cut pathway for those juniors who choose to go to college instead of turning pro straight from their junior careers. I decided to reach out to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) CEO, Tim Russell, to get his thoughts on how best to navigate this new arrangement. As you'll hear in this week's episode, even Tim doesn't have the answers just yet though he is certainly doing his due diligence to get them. You can learn more about the ITA at Tim Russell's email is He is incredibly responsive to anyone reaching out with questions - I am very grateful to him for that! I also had a follow-up conversation with former ITF Director of Development Dave Miley who has published some very detailed thoughts on this new Transition Tour and its potential impact. So, lucky you! This week's topic is a two-fer! Part 2 is available at Thank you to our sponsor! Thank you, too, to STØNE for our music! You can find more of his music at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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