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    The worst tennis "pro" in the world?
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    Brad Gilbert mentioned on ESPN that Taylor Townsend once played a 69 yr old woman in an ITF circuit a few years ago. That got me curious so I did some search, and came up with this article. It turned out, it was a second round qualifying match for a $25k event, meaning someone lost to this 69 yr old.

    https://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2016-04-11/22532.php

    Rosalyn Small lost 6-0, 6-1 to Gail Falkenberg. And here is her career record.

    https://www.wtatennis.com/players/pl...small#overview
    https://www.itftennis.com/procircuit...erid=100229720

    She has lost all matches in the first rounds of qualifying, with most of them being double bagels. And yet she has earned $3164 for her career. How did she even get into those tournaments? Is there any minimum requirement for playing in the qualifying for the lowest level tournaments?
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    I don't know anything about qualifying, I have a feeling she mostly plays small tournaments not part of a pro circuit.

    She is looking for sponsors:
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/2019-tennis-tour
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    Playing in the second round (after a first round bye) today at New Haven, CT in the Oracle Challenger Series, Small lost 0-6, 0-6 in 34 minutes, bringing her "pro" career singles record to 0-65.

    https://www.tennisexplorer.com/match-detail/?id=1831749
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotDutra5 View Post
    This writer correctly points out that she is not cheating, and one has to admire her chasing her dream.

    I'm not sure whether I agree with the concerns that her participation hurts the integrity of the sport. It is similar to the Olympic Games allowing one entry per country, resulting in a sprinter from the Marshall Islands running a 12.81 in the preliminary round of the m100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wamego relays champ View Post
    This writer correctly points out that she is not cheating, and one has to admire her chasing her dream.
    At this point, things have gone from admiration for chasing a dream to disdain for hanging on to a delusion.

    After 7 years on the circuit and an 0-65 record which includes mostly 6-0 6-0, she should realize it's time to get the help she needs to improve her skills or leave the pro circuit.

    What's surprising is not only that there are pro tennis tournaments with essentially zero qualifications for entry, but that some of those low-level tournaments actually pay people who lose in the first round, as evidenced by her nonzero career earnings.

    But she's not necessarily the worst tennis "pro". There may be some worse than her, but the difference is they stop entering pro tournaments soon after getting whooped by real pros. She's just the most persistent of the terrible pros, with the longest losing streak.
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    OTH, few athletes maintain a "perfect" record throughout their career.
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    It looks like her 1st and 2nd serves are the same, so that probably cuts down some on practice time.
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    I suspect it has cost her rather more than $3164 to play all those tournaments once you factor in things like travel costs and accommodation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickstat View Post
    I suspect it has cost her rather more than $3164 to play all those tournaments once you factor in things like travel costs and accommodation.
    Hence the GoFundMe page linked in post #2 above
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