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Oli has a commitment to his family too, so as CD and others have noted its whether he can balance the two satisfactorily. Ironically, even the top tennis players - Federer, Murray etc - have said that there is better balance in their lives once they have kids, as it puts tennis as a sport (even though also a profession), into perspective. When your ranking isn't good enough to take your family along very often its tough. That doesn't necessarily mean you don't have a 'commitment' to playing tennis, or shouldn't be supported in so doing, just that you have to balance it.

Personally, someone like Oli, I feel, should be supported in finding a schedule that does work for him, and would allow him to test his potential level, without him having to make unrealistic commitments about travelling all over the globe at this stage.

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Don't know if it's relevant at all but noticed yesterday that Oli Golding has just taken out a licence (for the new 2017/2018 sporting year which runs Oct-Sept) at the Saint Gaudens club in SW France.
He didn't have a licence last year (played under a 'Foreigner Administrative' general licence at the one big money tournament he played).
So I assume he plans to play more tennis in France - either team tennis for Saint Gaudens (which is Eden Silva's team too, or was last year, haven't re-checked yet) or money tournaments, or both.

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What's the advantage of playing under a license to playing under the Foreigner Administrative license?

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Madadman wrote:

What's the advantage of playing under a license to playing under the Foreigner Administrative license?


You can't play team tennis, of course, because you don't belong to a club. And as you're not a club member, you also wouldn't get wildcards (or preferential treatment) in your home club's tournament.

There's really not much difference in terms of money tournaments, although it does make life easier - you're automatically accepted, your ranking will be correct and automatically updated three times a year (as opposed to having to apply and give 'justifications' about your level and then getting one attributed to you which might be some way off).

My initial assumption about Oli is that he intends to play team tennis. Saint Gaudens is about an hour by car from Toulouse airport (not that close by French standards - there are a dozen or so equally good clubs in Toulouse itself - but close enough - and presumably the club is open/welcoming towards British players, given that Eden chose it quite recently). I wouldn't think he'd take a club licence just to play money tournaments, doesn't really seem likely, and how would he know what club to pick? The site says he had his best domestic ranking in 2012 but it doesn't say if it was a club one or an administratif one and the accessible records don't go back that far - and he must have been pretty young so less likely he was linked to a club).

Mind you, it's a clay court club (with 4 clay courts, I think, and some synthetic ones,  three inside courts, and four outside). Don't think of Oli as a clay courter but ....



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Happy New Year everyone.

I found out today that Oli played a part as a reconstruction actor in the Britain's Most Evil Killers documentary about Peter Tobin in 2017, series 1 episode 10. Having watched it on Sky Box Sets though, although he is credited at the end I can't see anyone who looks strikingly like him. The closest resemblance is one of the victims' boyfriend but even then I'm not convinced.

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