In the Mexican city of Acapulco I investigated how fewer and fewer young tennis players are progressing into the professional echelons of the sport. At the 2018 Mexican Open I discussed the future of tennis in the country with some of the best past and present players for the BBC World Service.
At the age of 10, Lucas Gomez watched on as a gunman shot and killed his father while they were travelling to a tennis tournament in Mexico City. 12 years on, he received a wild card at this year’s tournament – and says he wants to inspire the next generation of Mexican players.
The reality for many young players like Lucas is that for a future in the sport, you really have to move overseas to stand any chance of turning pro. There just isn’t the funding, the organisation, or the coaches to compete on the world stage.
You can listen to the full report here.
March 10, 2018