Liezel Huber has been talking out to CNN about the state of South African tennis. Huber has been a top doubles player in the world for many years and she was basically forced to move to the USA from South Africa to improve her game at the age of 15.
“In South Africa I don’t think they are looking at it as a business. That’s kind of what hurts the most,” she said. “When Wes Moodie and I won Wimbledon doubles titles in 2005, I actually thought it would change tennis in South Africa. Nothing changed. Maybe there’s more important things to spend money on, maybe tennis is not important. Maybe it’s more important for the government to build schools. I’m not there so I’m not sure why tennis is not getting funding. But it shows.”
Huber recently went back to South Africa to hold a clinic but was very disappointed with the talent.
South African tennis really needs to step up their game and get the top players to really try to give back to get more kids involved at the grass roots of the game.