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cptobvious_619
02-20-2007, 08:19 AM
before the so-called "power era" of tennis began and people began to retire around the age of 28-30ish, what was the average retirement age of tennis players when it was all about consistancy and placement?

just wanted to add this:

-before power tennis was the introduced, did people still start as early as they do now (like 3-5 years old)

thanks

Jack Romeo
02-20-2007, 08:48 AM
doesn't seem like there's any difference, and not all power players retire early. andre agassi was one of the original power baseliners. he didn't retire early, but bjorn borg did. so did mats wilander. they weren't power players. on the women's side, martina navratilova is credited for raising the bar in terms of power in the WTA. she played singles full-time until she was 38. her more finesse-oriented contemporary hana mandlikova retired a lot earlier at around 29. i think today's power players aren't really retiring any sooner than their predecessors but they are more frequently sidelined by injuries. they keep coming back, though, and until they actually never come back, we can't say that they retired early.

not all players start at 3-5 years old, and not all of those who do become power players. martina hingis is the earliest starter at age 2, and she's not a power player. some of the most famous power hitters started later: monica seles was 7 and mary pierce was already 10.