Xinhua news agency, Shenzhen, October 31 (reporter Zhang Rongfeng, Liang Jinxiong, Wang Haoming) this years WTA year-end final was settled in Shenzhen. The total bonus of 14 million US dollars (1 US dollar, about 7.04 yuan, about 98.56 million yuan) issued by the organizing committee was more than twice that of the previous one, which caused a wave for a while.
WTA is excited. Shenzhens wealth brings WTAs goal of making the top 300 players live a decent life, while some western media, such as the New York Times, bombard WTA, complaining that it is not kind to put this important event in China for a package of ten years.
On October 31, Zhang Shuai (former) / stosser was in the game. Photo by Liang Xu, reporter of Xinhua News Agency
In recent years, Chinas tennis events have flourished, with ATP and WTA events coming one after another. WTA mainland events have a total of 10 stops in the whole year, only one less event in the United States with the most events. ATP events have four stops, including Masters and China open and other high-level events.
The prize money of the singles champion in the Shenzhen finals has set a new record. If a player wins the championship in full, he / she can get 4.72 million US dollars, which is more than the US Open (3.85 million US dollars), which has the highest prize money in the four Grand Slams, and 2.71 million US dollars (2.71 million US dollars) of the prize money of the ATP finals. The huge amount of checks in Shenzhen put Chinese tennis in the spotlight for a while.
A large number of professional events are settled in China, which is the driving effect of Chinas economic development and prosperity, and also a capital worthy of our pride.
Professional events promote the rapid promotion of domestic tennis culture, and the popularity of tennis continues to increase. Outside the court, the tennis infrastructure and training institutions are increasing day by day. The population base of tennis is expanding rapidly. In the court, the Chinese peoples attendance etiquette is improving, and Chinas tennis has made all-round progress.
But the beauty is that in the heavyweight competition, the lack of local players is obvious. For most of the domestic audience, there is no clear support target when watching the competition. After the freshness, the charm of the competition also began to decline, so most of the competition attendance rate is not high.
In this years finals, only Zhang Shuai and Xu Yifan are doubles players in the mainland. This cant help but remind people of the Golden Flower generation. Li Na, Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai once pushed Chinese tennis to the peak. Li Na once won two Grand Slams and reached the final of the WTA finals. Zheng Jie twice entered the top four of the Grand Slam singles. Peng Shuais womens doubles won two Grand Slams and one finals champion. Even though they played far away in foreign countries, tens of thousands of Chinese fans stayed up to watch the ball. Nowadays, luxury events have come to the door, but the attraction is a little dim.
After a series of Grand Slam tournaments, Zhang Shuai entered the top four of the US Open last year and Wang Qiang the top eight of the US open this year. However, both of them lack sustained and stable performance, and are still difficult to become the protagonists of the competition.
Of course, this does not mean that Chinas tennis level has declined significantly. After experiencing the peak, it is normal for China to enter the stage of dormancy and energy storage. This year, there are 13 Chinese players in the US Open, 6 of whom have entered the competition, which is only lower than that of the United States and Russia. From the scale of the competition, the overall strength of Chinas tennis has not been weakened, but there are no upstarts at present.
The US Open also reflects a stronger pool of Chinese tennis talent. Ten years ago, only five of the top 200 WTA finalists were in China, and now there are 10. Zheng Jie Cup national youth tennis tournament will be held for the 10th time this year. Zheng Jie revealed that when the tournament was held in 2010, only dozens of children signed up for one stop, and 3000 people participated in the eight stops this year, not including many people who could not be named due to the number of signings.
From this year on, the China Network Association has also started to implement the scoring system for youth competition. The scores are determined according to the level of the competition and the performance of the players, and a large database of the annual performance of youth players is established to facilitate talent mining and growth tracking. In addition, with the deepening of tennis culture and the improvement of Chinese familys consumption ability, the way to become a talent is wider, and family self financing training is also a way, for example, Wang Qiang and Zheng Saisai are players growing up outside the system.
Similarly, there are many problems in Chinese tennis. The most difficult problem is the lack of a good coach, which has been a chronic disease for many years.
The existing high-level coaches are not willing to sink to do the youth tennis training, one of the reasons is that the well-trained good seedlings are likely to drift away, and the risk of being poached by other provincial teams is great, and the interests are not guaranteed. Good coaches are also faced with the temptation of clubs. Tennis training is usually more lucrative.
In addition, the cost of training players is so high that most families cant support them. According to Zheng Jie, the club charges 300000 yuan for training professional players, which is a real conscience price. Many clubs may charge 500000-800000 yuan. There are few families willing to try this kind of investment with high investment and no guarantee of return.
In addition, Zheng Jie found in the cultivation of young people that the current children are lack of effort and determination to win compared with their generation.
For a long time, one of the major phenomena of Chinese players is their late performance, usually after the age of 25. Therefore, the peak period will last for a short time, and talents are prone to fault. Andrescu, the most active Canadian player in womens tennis this year, is only 19 years old. At the beginning of the year, she was a top 100 player, but she made it to the finals, which means she can have a career about six years longer than that of Chinese players.
Behind the frequent events, the problem of insufficient competition capacity has begun to emerge, especially in the new venues.
For example, in this years WTA finals, the distance between media workshops is too long from the media stand entrance; there is no media area in the media stands; there is no wireless network coverage in the stadium, and there is no routine printing results among the workshops.
From the perspective of local games, venue hardware is an international standard, but there are some problems in detail services.
In a word, Chinese tennis is gradually integrated into the international tennis world with the help of the national development tide. At present, although there is still a lack of achievements and players of the Golden Flower generation, the future of Chinese tennis is worth looking forward to. When talent, resources, diligence and opportunities come together again, Chinese tennis will be the next master.
Source: editor in charge of Xinhua News Agency: Liu Jie, ns6529