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atatu
11-30-2006, 06:23 PM
Just wondering, my son is now 7 years old and he's had few lessons and I hit with him once in awhile, now I'm wondernig when I should start him with some serious lessons, assuming he wants to. I was thinking 10.

TheTennisKid
11-30-2006, 07:22 PM
Now is the time if you want him to have a bright future. Pros started at this age.

power_play21
11-30-2006, 07:29 PM
My experience:

I train an 8 year old girl who started about 6 months ago and last week won her first girls 12 challenger. Im sure if she continues, she will have a great future ahead of her in tennis. So it is my experience that 7 to 8 is a good age to start some more serious training, without compromising the child's love for the sport though (making them jump rope, hit a million forehands). you have to know how to properly train and coach someone that age appropriately.

looseswing
11-30-2006, 08:08 PM
I started playing seriously late, in eight grade, so when I was thirteen. However, like the other two posters have stated, I think you should start earlier than that.

Dashbarr
11-30-2006, 08:16 PM
id start him now. i would have loved to have serious classes when i was 7. ive been playing tennis since then, but not for a cause until 11.

SFrazeur
11-30-2006, 08:28 PM
Just wondering, my son is now 7 years old and he's had few lessons and I hit with him once in awhile, now I'm wondernig when I should start him with some serious lessons, assuming he wants to. I was thinking 10.

Seven year old is fine age to start. Do not get a Drill Sargent of an instructor, though. I would suggest finding some group lessons for him with like aged children, to bring out some healthy competitiveness.

I would consider an hour group lesson and a half hour private lesson, a week.

andyroddick's mojo
11-30-2006, 08:51 PM
i say as early as possible. Its important to instill their groundstrokes and court movement early so it becomes second nature. That's what makes for great tennis players. Playing tennis and holding a racket, and moving on the court, all has to be like second nature to you.

Duzza
11-30-2006, 11:27 PM
16. Serious? Yeah 16.

IT WAS IN!!!
12-01-2006, 04:45 AM
this is the ideal time because he has developed his learning ability and you still have enough time to start him when he may later be a real cometitor

theace21
12-01-2006, 05:53 AM
I think 7 is a good age. Make sure the lessons are fun, find a good teaching pro and don't let it get serious. When/If she really wants to play - you will know. Either way, athletically this will help her in any sport she plays.

krprunitennis2
12-01-2006, 06:09 AM
I don't think that age really matters. I think that what matters is determination, love, and seriousness for the sport(edit: I know, sounds so cheesy =\). In my school, I know two guys that only played for two years and they match two other guys that have been playing since they were 4, so that's like an 11 year difference between playing years (they're 4.0-4.5s).

alberto007
12-01-2006, 08:52 AM
My son star at 8 years old. Now He is 10. I follow the advise of my club tennis pro. He is doing great. He play with a group and one on one tennis classes. I have a 6 year old son that plays soccer and tennis. I let them taste a little of both sports and see what kind of sport they like the best. By the way, my 10 year old play his first 10 years old offical tournment and won. He move from Venezuela to North Carolina just few months ago. He is going to star playing 12 years old tourments next 2007, lets see.

GRANITECHIEF
12-01-2006, 10:09 AM
Just wondering, my son is now 7 years old and he's had few lessons and I hit with him once in awhile, now I'm wondernig when I should start him with some serious lessons, assuming he wants to. I was thinking 10.

The kids are so good now (at least in SoCal and i'm sure some other sections are very tough too), that if you wait to start solid training until he's 10, he'll be way behind.

eunjam
12-01-2006, 12:46 PM
i started 'serious' lessons at age 10.

once a month.....then at age 12 it became once a week, with clinics at least 3x a week.

i continued 1 lesson/week until boy's 16's.

i was lucky to have been a member of a tennis club and that was what i did everyday after school. parents arranged for me to get a ride to the tennis club every day. i did my homework there and then played until 7:30PM every mon-fri until my working parents picked me up.

tennisboy87
12-01-2006, 01:11 PM
I started playing when I was 5 years old.

Voltron
12-01-2006, 01:22 PM
I started at 13, and yes, I'm a 4.0++.

Jr.
12-01-2006, 03:12 PM
i have been playing for like 9 months now, and started "serious lessons" about two months ago. it's pretty stupid since im 15 already. i would have loved to started earlier. i'm only 3.0, but ill manage to get on the school team at least. for a serious career, kids should start before 10.

but the bad part about is that i see that kids that start intense sports and workout at an early age tend to be short. As for me, i was a lazy boy who started sports around 13, and i'm 6'1". I must say that's pretty tall for a 15 year old asian. (not to be stereotypical, but asian are short)

SATennis
12-02-2006, 02:32 PM
I wouldn't say kids that start intense sports tend to be short. I've been playing since I was 3, more intensly since about 7 or 8, and I'm 6'3''. You do have to be careful of the weight room at an early age. Lifting heavy weights when your body hasn't has a chance to develop can stunt your growth, but playing tennis seriously definitely will not.

Atatu, I would start your son now if he is interested. Make sure the pro keeps in competitive and FUN!! No matter how good he gets, it has to be fun between ages 7-13, otherwise there is a big chance of burning out. Hopefully it will be fun the whole time, of course. But after 12, if the kids are very keen to get better and make something of it, the hard core training can start.

jonajjs
12-03-2006, 03:35 PM
Yeah... start him as early as possible! I am 14 now and top 50 in the province...5.0 plus... but I play Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday,Saturday, Sunday... IMAGINE IF I STARTED AT 7!!!

xtremerunnerars
12-03-2006, 04:30 PM
You do have to be careful of the weight room at an early age. Lifting heavy weights when your body hasn't has a chance to develop can stunt your growth, but playing tennis seriously definitely will not.


Playing contact sports is 10x more stressful on bones and growth plate areas than lifting weights. If you do it under the guidance of a certified professional, the stress on bones is even less. I really wish people would stop giving weights such a bad rep and idly passing on knowledge they've heard from people on message boards and their peers.

SATennis
12-03-2006, 07:27 PM
Playing contact sports is 10x more stressful on bones and growth plate areas than lifting weights. If you do it under the guidance of a certified professional, the stress on bones is even less. I really wish people would stop giving weights such a bad rep and idly passing on knowledge they've heard from people on message boards and their peers.

Me too. I wish people would stop making assumptions about the other people on message boards, thinking they know nothing about the subject and just idly pass comments without thought or research. Notice I stressed heavy weights. And last I checked, tennis was not a contact sport. Lifting HEAVY weights at a young age can stunt your growth. If it were under the guidance of a professional, he probably wouldn't be making someone under the age of 12 lift heavy weights. If it is a 12 year old tennis player, he shouldn't be lifting heavy weights anyway. I don't give weights a bad rep, I lived in the wieght room for many years while I was playing tennis, and the weight room is essential for top tennis players. But I would never recommend any tennis player younger than 12 to ever lift heavy weights. Light weight, plenty repetitions, why not. But at that age it will do a tennis player more good being on the court learning the skills of the game. Enough said!

Dunlopkid
12-04-2006, 03:58 AM
Unfortunately, I was 13. That's when I started tennis.

xshilinx
12-04-2006, 05:16 AM
I started tennis at say 18?

Haha.

GRANITECHIEF
12-05-2006, 02:23 PM
24 for me. I just lost a practice match last nite to this guy:

http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?prevtrnnum=0&year=2004&query=Doubles&selTournament=0&player=W476&x=14&y=7

He beat me 6-4,6-2. I was up 3-1 about to break again in the 1st set when i did a snot rocket and got a nose bleed. It finally stopped, sorta, as there was a drip here drip there while i was trying to play. Needless to say, it was very hard to concentrate and i lost all my momentum. I'll beat him next time.

The point is, even if you started late, you can still get relatively good.

federermcenroeagassi
12-06-2006, 04:26 PM
14 and a half... im 15, almots 16 now

mctennis
12-17-2006, 08:05 AM
I started playing at 27, serious tennis lessons at 32.

AlpineCadet
12-17-2006, 08:24 PM
14 and a half... im 15, almots 16 now

I thought you were 22? :confused:

serveitup911
12-17-2006, 08:36 PM
I started taking lessons at 8 and was playing tournaments within a few months. (19 now)

Clecwm
12-17-2006, 10:02 PM
I started tennis at 14.

na2b
12-18-2006, 03:33 AM
I started tennis at 13, and I'm 14 now.

Kabob190
12-18-2006, 01:14 PM
the first time i even started playing was when i was 15. i am 16 now and i have so much ground to cover to get to the other kid's skill levels. if your kid doesnt hate tennis, now isnt a bad time to start.

babolat15
12-30-2006, 03:10 PM
hey Im 12 years ole and started playin 1.5 years ago. Im in between a 3.5 and a 4.0, is that pretty good

federermcenroeagassi
12-31-2006, 01:58 PM
I thought you were 22? :confused:

i am when i need to be ;) lol

dpfrazier
12-31-2006, 02:19 PM
Started lessons at age 9. First lesson was from Mike Blanchard (famous USTA umpire and tournament official) in Paradise Valley, AZ. One of the first things he told me was to never let anyone change my service motion. I've heeded his advice for the last 38 years!

As an aside, I would encourage young tennis players to continue with team sports. It brings some balance to their athletics --- they will learn to think of others instead of just themselves. Individual sports like tennis and golf tend to breed young primma donnas if there isn't this balance.

NbladeTopspin
12-31-2006, 02:24 PM
Yeah... start him as early as possible! I am 14 now and top 50 in the province...5.0 plus... but I play Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday,Saturday, Sunday... IMAGINE IF I STARTED AT 7!!!

:confused: are u sure that ur a 5.0+

andyroddick's mojo
12-31-2006, 03:00 PM
Now that I'm 15, and about a 4.0, and really in love with tennis, I wish that my parents pushed tennis on me earlier, maybe i could be a 4.5 or so by now. If your son will grow to love the sport, there is not greater regret in tennis then not starting lessons earlier and harder. Age is a big factor in junior tennis.

dpfrazier
12-31-2006, 03:21 PM
Now that I'm 15, and about a 4.0, and really in love with tennis, I wish that my parents pushed tennis on me earlier, maybe i could be a 4.5 or so by now. If your son will grow to love the sport, there is not greater regret in tennis then not starting lessons earlier and harder. Age is a big factor in junior tennis.
Please don't blame your parents for you not getting started in tennis earlier. As a parent of teens/preteens, I know the fine line that every parent walks when deciding what battles to fight wrt kid's activities.

And I guarantee you that the opposite situation --- that your parents pushed you too much, too soon, and you burned out --- is a greater regret than starting later...

Goose
01-01-2007, 06:18 PM
I coach in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.
In my opinion, 6 or 7 are the best ages for young children to start, they are fairly coordinated, usually have acceptable attention spans, and are accepting of the coaches help.

5 is also possible, but only if they are well developed co-ordination wise.


I started when I was 10, really regret not starting earlier.

me is bored
01-01-2007, 06:43 PM
i started when i was 10 :sad: i started but l8 but i ended good and now im in top 70 in whole texas section....if i started earlier like at bout 6 or 7 maybe 8 i might already be even higher so id start hitting wiht him one on one with each other, then once he has the whole 1 bounce between the lines thing down id take him to lessons

Silentgunz
01-01-2007, 09:06 PM
i started playing tennis when i was 7 , just hitting with my dad, but i didnt play for real until i was 12, then when i was 14 I was taking lessons and stuff, wished i took lessons and played serious earlier...

Borat
01-01-2007, 09:19 PM
16. Serious? Yeah 16.

Ditto-------

kuyoungj
01-01-2007, 10:30 PM
whats the point of learning at 7? I mean, its not like your arm muscles are fully developed or something. I started at 11. I'm a 4.5 too.

westside
01-01-2007, 10:34 PM
i started at 12. I'm 15 now

mhstennis100
01-06-2007, 06:45 PM
I started in 4th grade and played maybe once every other week. I didn't get serious until August of '06, and since then, I've gone from maybe winning one consolation match per tournament to making the semis twice in a row.

Thomas15
02-14-2007, 06:11 AM
i started playing tennis at age 7, but didnt start taking it seriously till i was 9. im 16 now

mmuubb
02-14-2007, 12:31 PM
I started at the age of four, but serious training came at 7. I stopped at 16 (now i'm 20) when I found that despite serious hard work my talent and most of all mentality is insufficient to become pro...now I'm happy to play for my University:)

tennishead93
02-20-2007, 03:28 PM
I started playing seriously late, in eight grade, so when I was thirteen. However, like the other two posters have stated, I think you should start earlier than that.

how old are you now and how good are you now

StealthGnome
02-23-2007, 06:00 PM
Started taking lessons the month after I turned 13. I'm 14 1/2 now. <3 Tennis.

Techniques
02-23-2007, 10:06 PM
I started playing when I was 7... had lessons once a week... Started competition (Match play) at about 8. I should've went to another coach though... my 1st coach is a hack. I just turned 14... don't really know my grade. (I'm from Australia). I reckon around 6-7 is a good age to start SERIOUS lessons, and you can start tennis as early as possible

dave333
02-24-2007, 04:17 AM
Still don't . I only do clinics.

Movement
02-24-2007, 07:32 PM
I don't think anyone should feel bad, regretful for starting at a later age. Trust me, all those ages aren't that late. Some people start at 50. Maybe it's late if you want to make it to like #1 in the world but we juniors have lives don't we? To reach like the top 100 in the world you basically have to devote your life to tennis. I love it but I also love hanging out with my friends, watching TV, eating some junk food once in a while and being NORMAL. Most of us don't really want to be the best based on how much work you are willing to put in.

If you're goal is just to be a good tennis player and enjoy the game, it's never too late. Anyways I started when I was 15, almost 17 now. Played seriously for a year and on and off for half a year. I play #2 varsity doubles now, I'm satisfied with my progress based on how much work and time I put in. Keep in mind I used to be slow and not too athletic. I'm in much better shape and movement in one of my strengths on the court. I hear some people with great rankings and you should be proud of yourselves. Lastly, don't get mad at your parents for not starting you earlier. Children are very fickle with their interests and if you push them too hard with something they will likely hate it. For example, I hate swimming races. I only like to swim for leisure now.

tennishead93
02-25-2007, 11:36 AM
somebody said federer started playing seriously at twelve

Alex_Chin
02-25-2007, 12:09 PM
i started private lessons at like age 11 maybe and then stopped for 5 years and just played with my brother and now i'm back to private lessons and usta tourneys

thejackal
02-25-2007, 02:09 PM
13 or something.

Firestarter
03-06-2007, 05:25 AM
i started when i was 11 now im 14 in my high school jv
wished i started earlier tho
coulda made varsity freshmen year =(