I received this comment to my recent posting on the Wayne Bryan letter. Hopefully the letter will continue to generate a healthy discussion throughout the tennis community and the input will help to shape the course of American tennis. I do agree with the author that there are many talented coaches grooming many talented players all across the country. The USTA needs to partner and promote the best coaches instead of taking their players and branding them as USTA. If you read the Tennis Magazines you would think that every good American player was created by their USTA coaches. The USTA needs to partner with the great coaches out there and make them want to seek out the USTA’s help for their best and brightest stars. That means giving the coach credit, not just the USTA.
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My name is Brian Sidney Parrott, father of Travis Parrott, and coach here in Oregon for the last 40 years….
Patrick McEnroe, while assumably good intentioned, has close to no idea how this puzzle of using the legion of good coaches throughout the USA needs to be refined to efficiently develop players. Wayne Bryan, and a Greg Patton…both ‘nurturing’ personalities, need to be in leadership.
We (USTA)..>I have been a member only 46 years…have got it wrong ALOT…ask Jimmy Connors, ask John McEnroe….ask me.
I but my money on an ‘apostle’ of the game like Wayne Bryan…who knows the game from the five and under to Wimbledon. Sorry Patrick…step down and let people that have actually coached at all levels to assemble and develop the talent that is thwarted by the ‘control freak’ syndrome that is the USTA….for years.
It is time for an open airing of these issues…and I would call for an open debate on this and other subjects…(the foreign players that eat up the $$ for US kids development is another issue that has NOT be addressed as part of the ‘situation’…
Ken Solomon (Tennis Channel)….please invite, for the good of the game in the USA…a friendly debate…
Patrick McEnroe and anyone he wants to bring…vs Wayne Bryan, me and Jimmy Connors.
Let’s get it on…for the good of the kids and the future.
Brian Sidney Parrott
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Travis Parrott (born August 16, 1980 in Portland, Oregon) is an American professional ATP tennis doubles player. He is primarily a doubles specialist. He was ranked as high as #25 in the world (2009). Travis is the son of Brian Parrott, a pro tennis organizer who helped bring a pair of Davis Cupevents to Portland in the 1980s..