shanek wrote:2. and how difficult are the levels. could someone please give me some feedback on how their careers went or are going. in terms of titles, grandslams? i glanced through this forum briefly but was hoping to find a thread where people are comparing their players careers so i had an idea on how it can pan out.
I always play on the hardest level, but do not recommend that for beginning players. I do not think I have ever played more than five years of a player's career. In that time I can win two or three Grand Slam singles and ten or more Grand Slam doubles.
I like to play for the 'lesser' challenges. I enjoy doubles play, and I always volunteer all of my players for the Davis Cup/Federation Cup. You want to be patriotic, don't you? I routinely have all four of my girls (I play the women's circuit) in the top ten in doubles, and not infrequent occupy all of the top four slots.
In singles I managed to get 'my' girl ranked #1 only once, for two years, but I have gotten recruited players into the top five nearly every time I play, including a couple of brief appearances with different girls at #2.
Keeping the recruited players is very difficult, as they are never satisfied and want every year to improve their ranking, which is often not possible. I have never been able to re-sign a recruited player a fourth time — maximum four years managing them, and often less.