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tfergus09
05-09-2008, 09:17 PM
Just searching for pros that started late since I myself started late. Just want to know my chances.

baghdatis
05-09-2008, 09:20 PM
Don't know bout top 100 or 200 players but there are some future players at the borderline of 1000 ATP that I know started from 10-12.

Can't remember names, sorry.

Tempest344
05-09-2008, 09:24 PM
Mauresmo I believe started around 11

flyer
05-09-2008, 10:19 PM
mary peirce i beleive started around 12, if i remember correctly

Hyd
05-09-2008, 10:26 PM
Simon Larose a former Canadian player started playing at 11. His highest rank was 189 and he beat Kuerten once when Kuerten was ranked 12th. Other than that I can't think of anyone in the top 50 who might have started that late.

hoosierbr
05-10-2008, 12:33 AM
Ginepri started late.

laurie
05-10-2008, 12:44 AM
I think Svetlana Kuznetsova started at a similar age, around 11 or 12 - her family have a cycling background.

Kobble
05-10-2008, 11:29 AM
Simon Larose. Didn't he play for Georgia, or Mississippi? I have a video somewhere of him.

Leublu tennis
05-10-2008, 11:34 AM
Just from these few comments, it doesn't sound very promising.

35ft6
05-10-2008, 12:04 PM
mary peirce i beleive started around 12, if i remember correctlyWeren't they already living in a car by the time she was 12?

If you mean top 200 pro, very doubtful any of them FIRST TOUCHED A RACKET after 10. If they played soccer AND tennis but committed to tennis full time at 12 or 14 or whenever, that's different.

flyer
05-10-2008, 01:32 PM
^^^ I looked it up, it was 10, not 12, sorry for the error, still late though

Ocean Drive
05-10-2008, 01:34 PM
Dancevic took it up late seriously and so did Cyril Saulnier.

goober
05-10-2008, 01:48 PM
Ginepri started late.

You consider starting at age 6 late?

He decided to concentrate full time on tennis at age 12 but he already had been playing for 6 years along with other sports most notably baseball.

goober
05-10-2008, 01:53 PM
mary peirce i beleive started around 12, if i remember correctly

Actually she started at age 10 which is pretty late for a top level pro.

Early tennis memory: 'The first day I started to play [at the age of 10], the pro at the club asked me how long I’d been playing. And I said, ‘like 45 minutes.’ And he said, ‘No, no. How long have you been playing in years?’ I said, ‘just 45 minutes.’ He couldn’t believe it. It was kind of special because he put me in the groups with kids who’d already been playing.

She won the US National 12 and unders within 2 years of starting. She made her pro debut 4 years later after taking up tennis.

goober
05-10-2008, 01:59 PM
Mauresmo I believe started around 11

Amelie Mauresmo started her tennis at the age of 4, because Yannick Noah won the French Open title that year.

You guys are not doing so well.:)

SempreSami
05-10-2008, 02:03 PM
Mac Attack himself was 11 when he started, 'over the hill' as he says.

Jonas
05-10-2008, 02:31 PM
If I am no mistaken....
Rios, and Stich both started playing tennis after the ageof 10.

goober
05-10-2008, 02:55 PM
If I am no mistaken....
Rios, and Stich both started playing tennis after the ageof 10.

You are mistaken. :)It doesn't take that long to look this stuff up. On his own website Rios writes he started at the age of 9.

Michael Stich started at the age of 6 according to his BBC biography.

junbumkim
05-10-2008, 03:32 PM
Hyung Taik Lee started playing tennis when he was about 10~11 years old.

It's pretty uncommon in Korea to have your children involved in sports when they are 5~8 years old...

dunlop kid
05-10-2008, 05:36 PM
My grandpa started when he was 13 and he played for Australia.

hoosierbr
05-10-2008, 05:58 PM
You consider starting at age 6 late?

He decided to concentrate full time on tennis at age 12 but he already had been playing for 6 years along with other sports most notably baseball.

Waiting until 12 to concentrate full time on one sport is what interested me. A lot of pros played other sports like baseball (Courier) or soccer but started to focus on one around 10 or so.

Eviscerator
05-10-2008, 07:33 PM
Just searching for pros that started late since I myself started late. Just want to know my chances.

Get started now, the earlier the better.

The top pro that I heard beat the odds was Cedric Pioline who supposedly started at 17. I suspect he had played earlier but did not take it seriously until 17, but I am not positive. Either way, 17 is typically way too late to take it seriously unless you are incredibly gifted.

lacoster
05-10-2008, 07:47 PM
mary peirce i beleive started around 12, if i remember correctly

Ummm...Mary Pierce won the USTA 12's when she was 12.

Can we start posting sources, not just speculation?

flyer
05-10-2008, 07:56 PM
Actually she started at age 10 which is pretty late for a top level pro.



She won the US National 12 and unders within 2 years of starting. She made her pro debut 4 years later after taking up tennis.

yeah i had already corrected myself about 2 posts up from yours

35ft6
05-10-2008, 08:15 PM
I heard Gasquet started playing when he was 18.

BreakPoint
05-10-2008, 08:43 PM
Ginepri started late.
He committed to tennis late (giving up other sports), but he actually started playing much earlier.

BreakPoint
05-10-2008, 08:44 PM
I heard Gasquet started playing when he was 18.
Gasquet hasn't even started playing tennis yet. :wink:

BreakPoint
05-10-2008, 08:46 PM
Mac Attack himself was 11 when he started, 'over the hill' as he says.
Huh? McEnroe was already a top junior player by the time he was 11.

Duzza
05-10-2008, 08:51 PM
This reminds me of when someone said Hewitt started at 16. Winning ATP tournaments and beating Agassi that is!!

tfergus09
05-12-2008, 07:24 PM
Seems like most pros played a different sport along with tennis