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tennismx
12-31-2004, 06:38 PM
My coach has played HALF A CENTURY! Makes it sound longer than 50 years, right? I have only played for two.
How many years have you played, and what do you think your skill level is presently?

__jt__
12-31-2004, 06:44 PM
been playing for about 6-8 months...i'd say im a 3.0 player. havent played that much though cuz it's freakin cold out here in vancouver and renting indoor courts is too expensive.

btw, u didnt state ur level.

court_zone
12-31-2004, 06:44 PM
3 years, i'm probably around a 4.0 baseliner/counterpuncher, i'm working on my transition the net more and also to build a more all-around game.

thehustler
12-31-2004, 08:16 PM
Year and a half and I'm a 4.0 player. I'm constantly working on my all court game. More of a baseliner now with opportunistic chances at net, but am coming to net more to finish points quicker and put more pressure on my opponents.

StringBreaker
12-31-2004, 08:39 PM
Been playing for a little over 20 years, as for skill level, I think the self applied ratings system is total nonsense.

dAgEnIuS
12-31-2004, 08:41 PM
i started playing when i was 10, quit after 2 years, started again after an year....
and im 14 right now, so i played about 3 years.....
and i think im 3~4 player....
i can play really good without any pressure,,,,
but during the matches..... i suk!!

court_zone
12-31-2004, 09:02 PM
Year and a half and I'm a 4.0 player. I'm constantly working on my all court game. More of a baseliner now with opportunistic chances at net, but am coming to net more to finish points quicker and put more pressure on my opponents.

been playing for about 6-8 months...i'd say im a 3.0 player. havent played that much though cuz it's freakin cold out here in vancouver and renting indoor courts is too expensive.

btw, u didnt state ur level.

How could you two be at that high a level, after playing for such a short time. You must do intense training or be really talented.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

goober
12-31-2004, 09:11 PM
How could you two be at that high a level, after playing for such a short time. You must do intense training or be really talented.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


3.0 is possible in 6-8 months. In the beginning it is easy to progress through levels if you are semi-coordinated and play alot. It's moving up each successive level that gets harder and harder.

mach1
12-31-2004, 10:02 PM
I began in the beginning of 2001, my junior year, for 2 months because we needed players for out tennis team in high school haha. Stopped for about a year and a half. Then I started playing up until now. So that would be about...ummm...2 1/2 years. Maybe a 4.0 here in NorCal. check the sig

tennisboy87
01-01-2005, 10:53 AM
I've been playing since I was 5. I'm 17 now.

thehustler
01-01-2005, 02:46 PM
How could you two be at that high a level, after playing for such a short time. You must do intense training or be really talented.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I play tons and tons of matches. I try to practice when I can, but with all the rain here it's hard to do. I did a bunch of 3.5 tournaments early last year and I just steamrolled thru everyone. At first the matches were close, but as time went on I started crushing people. I've played some people who are rated at 4.5 and above and they all say that I am a 4.0 player. I will be doing lots of 4.0 tourneys this year and if it's anything like last year I will be a 4.5 by the end of this year. I don't know if I would consider myself the most talented player when I'm in a match, but I would say I am the most determined and strongest willed player for sure. I never give up, not on a drop shot by my opponent when I'm behind the baseline, or what could be a cross court winner when I'm at the opposite end of the court. I get to more balls than most people would ever go after and that gives me a huge psychological advantage because it forces my opponent to try and be perfect on each shot for fear that I'll get another ball back and make them screw up.

It all comes down on what your goals are. My goal is to be an open level player within a couple years. I feel at the rate that I am improving that it is possible. I will take myself as far as I can until I level out, then I will get a coach to push me the rest of the way. Most people I play just settle for whatever level they are at and don't want to play at a higher level. They'd rather be in their comfort zone where they can beat other people easily and not have many challenges, rather than stepping up and seeing what they're really capable of. Anything is possible, you just have to believe in yourself and then go out and make it happen.

ReturnAce
01-01-2005, 03:06 PM
Umm..about 6 or 7 years really, playing an all-court game built on footspeed and groundstrokes.

One question though...all this 3.0 and 4.5 stuff, does it actually mean anything? And if so...what? I've never heard anyone I know talk about such ratings, not even any of the pros at my local club.

thehustler
01-01-2005, 04:44 PM
I don't take the rating system too seriously. It's really hard to place yourself in one category. I see myself as having a 4.5-5.0 mentality, but perhaps a 4.0 backhand and forehand. Other strokes might be better or worse, so I just do tourneys at what level I feel I am at. If I get deep in tournaments then I will consider myself at least that rated level. As I said earlier, if I steamroll people without much effort then I will start playing up to see if I have moved a level up. At least in my area it seems they are cracking down on people who sandbag, as they've got a whole list of everyone who's played and what their computer ratings are. This way you won't get some 4.5 player playing in a 3.5 tournament just to get a cheap win so they can feel good about themselves when they should be playing at the 4.5 level. You'll know the difference between a 5.0 player, 4.0 and 3.0 just by watching their game. You can always go to this site: http://www.usta.com/leagues/custom.sps?iType=931&icustompageid=1655 for more detailed info on each rated level. HTH.

Morpheus
01-01-2005, 05:52 PM
40 yrs and counting...

tennismx
01-01-2005, 07:10 PM
been playing for about 6-8 months...i'd say im a 3.0 player. havent played that much though cuz it's freakin cold out here in vancouver and renting indoor courts is too expensive.

btw, u didnt state ur level.

Hmm...I don't know like a definite number level. I've never been concerned with that. Tennis is just fun for me. As for how good I am, I'd say...eehh...okay--I'm still learning. However, I do love hitting a good overhead. Haha.

I am 17 and have played for only two years, but I mostly started playing to stay in shape. Tennis is great here in south Georgia. You can play year-round. The weather today was in the 70's!

My favorite sport ever is MOTOCROSS, but being a girl, I like playing tennis instead.

BreakPoint
01-01-2005, 11:30 PM
I've been playing on and off for almost 30 years and am currently a 4.0 to 4.5 player (NorCal USTA rating that is).

BTW, I'm amazed that anyone that has only been playing for only a year or two can claim that they are a 4.0 player. I'd bet even Federer played for more than 5 years before he was at a 4.0 level.

thehustler
01-01-2005, 11:50 PM
I guess I'm better than Fed then. Seriously though why is it so hard to believe that someone could play tennis for a year and a half and be a 4.0 player? For me personally I push myself harder than anybody else. When I first met a buddy of mine a little more than a year ago he was probably a 3.5 and I was probably a 3.0. Over time I have improved by leaps and bounds and he hasn't. He's leveled out, mainly due to his mentality stopping him from improving. Mine pushes me harder than him or anybody else I know. He knows this and I am working with him to improve his mental game so he can be the best player he can be. Personally I want to be the best and work my butt off to make sure that I will be. I mentioned this before and I'll say it again, anything is possible if you believe in yourself and put your mind to it. Just because you (person reading this, not anybody in particular) or someone else you know can't move up that quick doesn't mean anybody else can't. I'd be more curious as to how someone moved up so quick, rather than trying to knock them and saying it's basically impossible to do. To each their own I guess.

BreakPoint
01-02-2005, 12:37 AM
Perhaps it's because tennis is such a difficult sport to learn. That's why so many people pay teaching pros and take lessons for years and years. That doesn't happen in soccer or basketball or many other sports. Have you read the article on the last page of this month's (Jan./Feb.) "Tennis Magazine" called "Degree of Difficulty"? That's why to become a pro, most kids need to start playing between age 2 and 7. After that, it's basically too late as there isn't enough time to get good enough. Of course, there are a few exceptions, but they are extremely rare. Bottom like is that it takes years and years of practice to refine one's strokes. Most of the 4.0's I know around here have been playing for 20+ years and some were ex-college players.

equinox
01-02-2005, 03:11 AM
Started at 10. Been playing 15 years.

JoostT
01-02-2005, 04:02 AM
I guess I'm better than Fed then. Seriously though why is it so hard to believe that someone could play tennis for a year and a half and be a 4.0 player? For me personally I push myself harder than anybody else. When I first met a buddy of mine a little more than a year ago he was probably a 3.5 and I was probably a 3.0. Over time I have improved by leaps and bounds and he hasn't. He's leveled out, mainly due to his mentality stopping him from improving. Mine pushes me harder than him or anybody else I know. He knows this and I am working with him to improve his mental game so he can be the best player he can be. Personally I want to be the best and work my butt off to make sure that I will be. I mentioned this before and I'll say it again, anything is possible if you believe in yourself and put your mind to it. Just because you (person reading this, not anybody in particular) or someone else you know can't move up that quick doesn't mean anybody else can't. I'd be more curious as to how someone moved up so quick, rather than trying to knock them and saying it's basically impossible to do. To each their own I guess.

It realy depends on how you see the rating system. In the Netherlands the rating system is from 9 to 1 with 1 being the first fifty in the Netherlands. The only promotion you get basicly for free is form 9 to 8, after that you need to play competition and/or tournaments to advance. It works like this. If you beat an 8 you get a 7 as a result. If you lose you get a 9. The average rounded up or down to a whole number, will be the starting rating for the next year.

In The Netherlands I have a rating of 7 witch translated to 3.0 in the american system according to the ITF site. However if I would have to rate myself according to the technical skils on the USTA site I would say I am 4.0 at least. The technical skils alone will not help you win matches.

thejackal
01-02-2005, 10:45 AM
I'm 15 now, started playing at 12 but not seriously until last summer. I'm about a 3.5 now.

thehustler
01-02-2005, 11:34 AM
I understand that tennis is a difficult sport to learn. I play a lot of sports and I would have to say that tennis is the most difficult by far, maybe because I'm learning it at such a late age (26) than when I started learning basketball (couple days old). I'm not looking to become a pro though. I know it takes time and practice to refine one's strokes. I play on average once a day. During the summer it can be 2-3 times a day. I can analyze myself on the fly and figure out what I need to improve during a match. I do understand that for most people doing this is hard, but there are the few exceptions who can pick up a racket, take a few lessons and do what I've done.

As far as the technical skills go, it's no doubt that the technical skills will not help you win matches. I mentioned this earlier, but some of my strokes are 4.0, others are higher and lower. But the most important thing in tennis I think is one's mentality. If you chase every ball, if you never ever give up you can do more damage to your opponent's psyche than a dominating serve or forehand could ever do. I see so many of my opponents get demoralized when they execute a text book drop shot when I'm at the baseline, only to see me chase it down and flick it back over. This tells them that they need to be a little more perfect with their shots and puts them in a uncomfortable situation. They then try to be too perfect and start hitting more unforced errors which then just destroys their confidence and allows me to take over.

I think one should look at their mentality before looking at this rating system. You could have the strokes of a 4.5-5.0 player but if you can't hold it together mentally then perhaps you need to drop to 4.0 or lower until you fix that part. The mental game is the least worked on part by most players and it shows in tournaments when things don't go their way. But that's for another thread and I'm too lazy to start one. Have a good day everyone.

el_mago
01-02-2005, 12:36 PM
about 2.5 years

Camilio Pascual
01-03-2005, 06:26 AM
48-1/2 years.

THE ANIMAL
01-03-2005, 08:14 AM
little over 20 years

tennismx
01-03-2005, 09:46 AM
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SocalTennis
01-03-2005, 11:10 AM
I've been playing for 14 years now. I play extensively the first 4 years and didn't touch the racquet for 8 and recently play again for the last 2 years.It is possible to improve in a short time. Back in high school when I just begin playing tennis, I put out one Summer and play like from 10 am to 8pm almost everyday. I went from a 2.0 to a 4.5. I never pay for a coach, just helps from better people that show me a little bit of what they know and mostly I learn from reading tennis magazine and watching professional matches.

Vince
01-03-2005, 04:14 PM
Im prety new. its been about 1.5 years

GOOOOOGA
01-03-2005, 06:10 PM
im 15, playing since i was about 9. i dunno what my NTRP is cuz i just dont understand that whole rating system. i was trying to self-rate, but most of the stuff i had was from 5.0, some from 4.5 and 5.5. i was top 100 in the midatlantic in boys14, so what would that be?

Ray Wong
01-03-2005, 08:06 PM
I'm almost 30, I learnt to play when I was 15, I estimate I'm 4.0. I play 2-4 hours a week and most of my opponent's level are below than me, it's so hard to progress......:(

I have joined a short term course recently, in this period, I play 8 hours a week and I can play with different players, also a coach tune my weakness, I find that I progess alot and my stroke to be more consistent, unfortunately, I can't afford to join always!

jayserinos99
01-03-2005, 11:42 PM
I started tennis 13 years ago but I started playing competitively a couple years after that. I think I topped out at 4.0-4.5.

Rickson
01-05-2005, 11:49 AM
A year and a half.

danniflava
01-08-2005, 04:01 PM
I've been playing for 4 years, and I'm 3.5-4.0. SELF-TAUGHT!!!

hyperwarrior2004
01-08-2005, 11:01 PM
Been playing for a little over 20 years, as for skill level, I think the self applied ratings system is total nonsense.

That's what I thought also lol!

By the way, I started in 1995 and I felt playing like a 2.0. I lack consistency and I need to train full-time!! That's a nonsense being a 2.0 after 10 years almost. I do suck!

canady10
01-09-2005, 04:51 PM
The Hustler-"I can analyze myself on the fly and figure out what I need to improve during a match. I do understand that for most people doing this is hard, but there are the few exceptions who can pick up a racket, take a few lessons and do what I've done."

Do you think you are like the hardest working and fastest learning player in america?

loubapache
01-09-2005, 05:29 PM
I was 38 when I first picked up a tennis racket. I did not play regularily until this past August. Since then, I play 3 - 5 times a week because my daughter is in the high school tennis team and I made a committment to improve my fitness. I am currently a solid 4.0 player and 43 years old. This is not a self-rating because there is a Pro Tennis Mgmt program at the university I teach and one of the entrance requirements for the students is a minimum of 4.0. I played with many of these students.

I used to play other sports competitively. I think my volleyball experience really helps my serve and overhead game (I can hit 90 plus MPH serves on most days). My table tennis and badminton times made me confident in my backhand slice and volleys. I serve and volley on my first serves and drive/chip and charge on opponent's second serves.

thehustler
01-09-2005, 11:47 PM
canady10 -

Where in the world did you get that idea? Did I say that? No. It seems on here that most people don't believe I did what I did. That's fine. I'm saying what I am doing can be done and it is easy. Re-read everything I've said and then you'll realize your question is just a waste of text.

Aonex
01-10-2005, 02:29 AM
2 years, self taught... although been playing on and off, so haven't had a chance to really improve.

gmlasam
01-10-2005, 07:47 PM
Started playing when I was 6, so it would be about 22 years I've been playing tennis.

JonWood
05-11-2005, 09:25 PM
I've been playing since I was 4, I am now 20, 21 in October. My parents both play on high level USTA and ALTA(here in Georiga) teams. Dad played D1 tennis so I have always had a racket in my hand and its my love.

tennismx where are you at in GA?

takeuchi
05-12-2005, 12:56 AM
i've been playing pretty seriously just over a year. won't bother with a rating.

havent played that much though cuz it's freakin cold out here in vancouver and renting indoor courts is too expensive.
Vancouver, BC?

nViATi
05-12-2005, 07:03 AM
since september 2004.. i'm a 3.0-3.5

Ken
05-12-2005, 07:42 AM
Nine months, solid 3.5. It's not just a self rating, I've asked several experienced pros about it, not just one.

I really wish I started sooner, I'm almost 15. Somewhere around 4th grade would be nice.

Superior_Forehand
05-12-2005, 08:10 AM
I'm 20 and have been playing about 13 months. I am pretty good for only having played a year but I am not going to venture a self rating, sense I think that system is pretty subjective anyway. I play every day and have been coached very well multiple times a week. My strengths are serve and forehand, my weakness is my mental game.

Leon
05-12-2005, 08:29 AM
Have been playing for 6 month.
3.5 ground strokes
3.0 valleys
2.5 serve :(

tennismx
05-12-2005, 05:55 PM
I've been playing since I was 4, I am now 20, 21 in October. My parents both play on high level USTA and ALTA(here in Georiga) teams. Dad played D1 tennis so I have always had a racket in my hand and its my love.

tennismx where are you at in GA?
where are u from

MegacedU
05-12-2005, 06:01 PM
Eight years. I'm 16 and a winning, ranked, junior.

nw tennis
05-12-2005, 06:02 PM
been playing 25 years. at peak, played in a pro league in florida, 5.0-5.5 NTRP in northern california. now, sandbagging in 4.5s in seattle, but also playing much less than i used to.

Andy Hewitt
05-12-2005, 06:13 PM
2 years now

aces1732
05-12-2005, 06:16 PM
well lets just say i've always 'took' lessons since i was five or six... but not seriously. they were like these summer lessons with three other kids and we weren't serious. however two years ago (i am now 16) i began taking lessons from a guy that my parents know and he is very, very good. in fact his son is 11 and probably a 4.5. i'm a 4.0 now because for the past two years tennis has been 75% of my life and i have worked my butt off getting good.