When will American tennis?
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It is very well for Mayor Vincent Gray to show up at the Classic and hand out a few awards and boast about how well everything is for “our kids,” but why is he putting cronies on the city payroll complete with SUV’s and other perks? What are they doing that can be more important than tennis-and-academic scholarships? Why do the people mismanaging public schools getting high salaries while the staff on the ground at the Southeast Center, the men and women actually in touch with the kids they are trying desperately to keep in school and on the courts and off the streets, are making do with barely more than volunteer stipends?
How we tax, how we educate, how we set priorities — you cannot extrapolate from professional sports, which after all are only that, sports. It is difficult not to see in the poor state of American tennis, however, a reflection of a much larger, deeper, and graver malady in American society. By all evidence, we are not creating and nurturing and maintaining the conditions that make citizens and champions, patriots and devoted parents: adults.
*Photograph by Katherine Ruddy
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