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Offline Mystify

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« on: June 13, 2006, 08:24:59 PM »
I was wondering if their is a chance I  could be a pro tennis player ! I am 13 years old I have been playing tennis since i waz 11. I train 36 hours a week . I have a tennis court @ my house and my dad is my coach ( a great one). I play really hard.  I am going to be in a national open this year and hope to do gud. Do u think this is possible????? Du u suggest any tournament tu help with this???? Thank u . please reply!!!

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2006, 09:04:44 PM »
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I was wondering if their is a chance I  could be a pro tennis player ! I am 13 years old I have been playing tennis since i waz 11. I train 36 hours a week . I have a tennis court @ my house and my dad is my coach ( a great one). I play really hard.  I am going to be in a national open this year and hope to do gud. Do u think this is possible????? Du u suggest any tournament tu help with this???? Thank u . please reply!!!


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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2006, 09:07:53 PM »
WOW, you get 5 hours in a day, I envy you!

Although 11 is a little late to start it is not all that bad.  If I recall correctly Federer started pretty late in life to compared to other pros and he pulled it off just fine.  :)

Even though your Dad might be a little biased to ask, he should be able to talk openly to you about those kinds of chance since he knows your game the best (I assume).  How do you do in the current tournaments you enter?  Have you tried getting into tournaments that help you qualify for larger more important tournaments?  

What is this National Open?  Did you need to qualify for that?

In the end, I do not see why something like your siutation is impossible.  It will take a crap load of work, a lot of practice and an insane amount of natural talent.  There are kids out there that have been playing a lot longer than you and who have been coached by the best in the world, and they may never make it.  But that does not mean that you cannot.
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2006, 09:21:17 PM »
I do do tournaments that qualify for others , but I have trouble finding thing to do for a workout scheldule. I have all day I am homeschooled so I get to practice alot .

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2006, 09:22:44 PM »
I believe Tod Martin started extremely late, like 17 or 18, or so I was told by someone on these forums.

Scott, if you think 5 hrs is a lot, today I played from 10:00 until 5:30.. ahh, to be young and gainfully unemployed.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2006, 09:25:13 PM »
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I believe Tod Martin started extremely late, like 17 or 18, or so I was told by someone on these forums.

Scott, if you think 5 hrs is a lot, today I played from 10:00 until 5:30.. ahh, to be young and gainfully unemployed.


Yeah yeah, rub it in yo!

Back in high school I played 3-4 hours a day and about 7 hours on Sundays.  I felt fine at the end of the day but mentally I was a wreck on the court.  I was invinsible back then, injuries, what are those?  An ache or pain went away WHILE I played tennis and never came back.  Now, at age 31 an ache stays for months if not years.  Scary stuff.  I am still very much in shape and can still play a ton, but my lingering injuries only let me play so much.  Just you wait.  When I was your age I said it would never happen to me, I was a machine.  pfft, what did I know?
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2006, 10:14:35 PM »
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Back in high school I played 3-4 hours a day and about 7 hours on Sundays.  I felt fine at the end of the day but mentally I was a wreck on the court.  I was invinsible back then, injuries, what are those?  An ache or pain went away WHILE I played tennis and never came back.  Now, at age 31 an ache stays for months if not years.  Scary stuff.  I am still very much in shape and can still play a ton, but my lingering injuries only let me play so much.  Just you wait.  When I was your age I said it would never happen to me, I was a machine.  pfft, what did I know?

At first I thought you said you were in invisisble.  That would be a fantastic advantage on court!!!!
I guess you ment invincible, which is how I felt back in college and was playing for 3 hours then practiced with the team for a couple, then played around another hour or so until we went to Taco Bell for our dinner.  
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Now I am paying big time for never getting a proper answer for that question. Or maybe not listening to it when I did get an answer.
There have been a few scattered pros who started in their teens. There has been 1 or 2 that started at 20 or 21. But the vast majority started at 7 or 8. Agassi was video taped hitting with Jimmy Conners at the age of 4. Conners was quoted as saying if this kid beats me I'll retire. Agassi beat him at the US Open in '88 (I think).
So where does this get you? It tells you that you can be a pro starting at age 13. But I would say it takes heavy doses of;
hand eye coordination;
athletism & balance;
the drive to get what you want;
love for tennis (because you will have to live and breath it for 5 years or more)
You will have to skip a lot of the fun that kids have. Social gatherings, and holidays will have to be put aside for practice and tournaments.
All for the dream of being a tennis pro with the understanding that a very small percentage of players achieve that dream, no matter how hard they work and sacrifice.
If I were to give you one piece of advice (other than what I've already written here) it would be to have a back up plan. A plan B. I would work hard to be the best tennis player I can be with one eye towards a professional career, and another towards a college scholarhship. One is a dream that may come true with a lot of luck and the other is something you can use for the rest of your life.

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2006, 06:47:47 AM »
35 hrs a week?  That's 2 months for me.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2006, 08:39:11 AM »
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I was wondering if their is a chance I  could be a pro tennis player ! I am 13 years old I have been playing tennis since i waz 11. I train 36 hours a week . I have a tennis court @ my house and my dad is my coach ( a great one). I play really hard.  I am going to be in a national open this year and hope to do gud. Do u think this is possible????? Du u suggest any tournament tu help with this???? Thank u . please reply!!!


You can do anything you set your heart on. YOu don't NEED tournaments to guarantee you as a good pro player. Venus and Serena didn't do the junior circuit in their days and they beat out all the competition on pro. I think that it just comes from dedication. Work hard, but don't overwork yourself or else you'll definitely burn out like Capriati did on her debut. good luck.
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2006, 10:36:30 AM »
Can u even get in the pros these days without qualifying and doing tons of junior tournaments. My friend is # 31 in the nation. She has done 15 tournaments in her whole career she just won the ones shes played.

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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2006, 10:39:56 AM »
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Can u even get in the pros these days without qualifying and doing tons of junior tournaments. My friend is # 31 in the nation. She has done 15 tournaments in her whole career she just won the ones shes played.


anyone can go pro. You don't need junior tournaments b/c they mean absolutely NOTHING on the real tour. You're still gonna have to start out ranked really low. You just have to start with the very small tournaments and work your way up. Once your ranking gets up, you get to qualify for the bigger tournaments until u're in like the top 100, then u can get into pretty much any tournament. The junior circuit only gives you experience. Some people need it, some people don't.
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2006, 10:58:58 AM »
Thats cul . THANKS ://

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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2006, 01:10:44 PM »
I started playing at 13.  Im doing U18 tournaments this summer and next year.
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2006, 01:12:40 PM »
I think the first year or two, you can't expect too much, unless you're like Agassi or something, the first year or two really is just learning the strokes, getting consistent, nothing too complex. After that you can start to work on the harder shots and strategies etc.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2006, 01:15:10 PM »
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I think the first year or two, you can't expect too much, unless you're like Agassi or something, the first year or two really is just learning the strokes, getting consistent, nothing too complex. After that you can start to work on the harder shots and strategies etc.


don't say that! Serena upset monica seles and mary pierce in the same tournament when she was ranked in the 300's.
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2006, 02:50:05 PM »
no i mean like the first year or two that you start playing tennis, not when you go pro.
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2006, 02:55:13 PM »
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no i mean like the first year or two that you start playing tennis, not when you go pro.


but still, I was playing for a very short amount of time and when I tried out for my tennis team I made varsity. And my team's pretty hard to get on.
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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2006, 04:35:40 PM »
oh, maybe it was b/c i started when i was like 8, but it took me about 8 or 9 months to be solid with my strokes.
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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2006, 09:51:36 PM »
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I believe Tod Martin started extremely late, like 17 or 18, or so I was told by someone on these forums.

Scott, if you think 5 hrs is a lot, today I played from 10:00 until 5:30.. ahh, to be young and gainfully unemployed.


Not Todd Martin - it was Stan Smith. But I know a player who didn't have a lesson until she was 17 and ended up a D-1 #1 player, so all things are possible.
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