Blame Tennis Jamaica for selection controversy
THE EDITOR, Sir: As a lover of tennis and a former national tennis player, I have been following keenly the ongoing dispute between Tennis Jamaica (TJ) and the parents of the top 12-and-under children in the island over team-selection policies as reported in the press over the past few days.
Those of us in the know realise that what is happening here is not something new and we hope that this stance will make it better for players for many years to come. We need not lose another Dustin 'Dreddy' Brown before coming to our senses and setting clear policy to be adhered to by one and all.
It is amusing to hear the current technical director, who has always stressed the need for trials for all team selections, now changing his tune for some unbeknown reason. Could it have to do with the fact that any of his students are now involved?
The TJ president is quoted in your paper a few days ago as saying that two of the children selected to this current team under dispute are from 'challenged' backgrounds and need the exposure. He fails to mention, however, that these are the same two players who qualified for the Masters event in 2013 but were then omitted from the team when trials were held. What is the real difference between 2013 and 2014, or do puss and dawg just not have the same luck?
I commend the parents involved for taking the stance that they have. Regardless of the court decision, they have already won. More people in our society - in all areas not limited to the sporting arena - should follow their lead and dare to challenge those in authority who somehow seem to believe that their 'autonomy' supersedes basic human rights and natural justice.
I urge the Tennis Jamaica board to allow the tennis courts to select this and other teams by having trials as they did last year for the same tournament instead of waiting for a different type of court to decide on the team selection. If they fail to do this, I suggest that they all do the honourable thing and all pack up their raquets and go.