Kiwi Erakovic 'all ears' after HPSNZ approach

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Last updated 05:00 19/01/2014
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Marina Erakovic says that as far as she's aware, she still can't use the sporting facilities at the Millennium Institute in Auckland.

Despite being ranked 52nd in the world, Erakovic has been deemed not worthy of gaining access to the high performance training facilities.

There are 434 "carded" athletes in New Zealand who are given free access to the Millennium Institute.

But as tennis is not a targeted sport by High Performance Sport New Zealand and receives no funding, Erakovic gets no help.

Since Erakovic went public with the issue last November there has been no change to HPSNZ's stance and in the most recent funding announcement last month tennis was again given nothing.

But speaking in Melbourne at the Australian Open last week Erakovic revealed that HPSNZ boss Alex Baumann has asked her to meet with him when she's next back home.

"I was going to meet him before I go back to the States and Europe again," Erakovic said.

"Nothing has been sorted out, but he approached me to have a chat and I think that's a good start.

"I'll hear what they have to say and I'm all ears, so I'll definitely try to make that time."

However, Erakovic says that as she sees it now, she remains on the outer and can't use the Millennium Institute.

"As far as I know not yet," she said. "Maybe after the meeting, I'm not sure."

Erakovic will spearhead the New Zealand team at next month's Fed Cup tournament in Kazakhstan, which begins on February.

The other New Zealand players are Dianne Hollands, Abigail Guthrie and Emma Hayman.

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