. Professional Players going Professional Here, I mean professional players going on their own, without their National Associations. While top CHN Tennis player, Li Na, was here in Melbourne for our 2011 Australian Tennis Open, she made this comment; ====== * ====== parts of articles ====== * ====== GOING ALONE ............ Li, Peng, Zheng and Yan Zi, a two-time grand slam doubles champion, were granted leave by China's tennis association to organize their own tours and pick their coaches in a ground-breaking move in a country where most athletes remain yoked to a Soviet-style sports system. Li, who wears a tattoo of a rose and a love heart on her chest, has played her best tennis since breaking from the system and enjoys the freedom to decide her own training after clashing with Chinese officials for a number of years. "If you stay in the national team you don't need to take care of anything... They do everything for you," she said. "But right now I have my team around with me... If I'm lazy, I want to rest, I can say, 'Okay, now stop - I want to rest'. "Before if I (were) on the national team, I have to follow the team because I couldn't do many thing as one because we are the team." Her husband has also helped take the pressure off by worrying about the finances while letting Li go wild with a credit card. He also has the duty of watching out for her next opponent, either Maria Sharapova or Andrea Petkovic. "I think this is my husband's job. I just lie down on the bed and enjoy watching TV, that's all," she said. ====== * ====== parts of articles ====== * ====== Li Na seems so happy now that she is on her own. Even Taufik Hidayat seems happier after he left PBSI. Now, Lee Chong Wei is thinking of following Taufik. Will there be more 'professional' Badminton players wishing to go on their own, without their National Associations? I hope so; if the players become happier. .