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Hallelujah

After years of watching American tennis sink into the shadows, the U.S. Tennis Association decided in 2008 to make a bold move: It would open its first-ever full-time training academy for top juniors. Under the program, the country's best prospects would be invited to Boca Raton, Fla., to live and train, all expenses paid, with the goal of beating back the onslaught of talent from Europe.

Written by: Tom Perrotta for The Wall Street Journal

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***Tom Perrotta writes features and columns and edits them for Tennis Magazine and Tennis.com as the editor at large. He is The Wall Street Journal’s tennis writer. He joined the Tennis Media Company in 2007 after several years as a staff writer for The New York Law Journal, a daily legal newspaper. He is also the former tennis columnist for the New York Sun. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.***

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After years of watching American tennis sink into the shadows, the U.S. Tennis Association decided in 2008 to make a bold move: It would open its first-ever full-time training academy for top juniors. Under the program, the country’s best prospects would be invited to Boca Raton, Fla., to live and train, all expenses paid, with the goal of beating back the onslaught of talent from Europe.

To view the full article, please go to The Wall Street Journal

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