Davis Cup, it will be a challenge finding the next prodigies. The main junior featured in the program is a young 18 year old named Denis Kulda, who hails from Arlington, VA.
As a local DC native, he has been able to balance a heavy tennis training program (at the College Park, MD USTA development program, TCCP) while not joining the mass herds at places like Bollettieri. I really respect his family's decision to do that. Arlington has a great education system with which I am intimately familiar and proud to have enrolled. Also Denis has a chance at a normal childhood, which I think former pros like Agassi will tell you, they would trade anything to have back.
I also have the privilege of hitting with his brother Nikita, a senior at UMd and terrific at architecture. We are in the same USTA flex league this season along with our mutual friend Mike.
I have been trying to find better singles players out there to help improve my competitive game without breaking the bank at tournaments around the country - there is actually a Australian Open qualifier's entry tournament up in Rhode Island this weekend but I decided against it, considering I had to work all Fri and Sat. But that would be one heck of an opt to go down-under with the $3K+ flight covered!