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crystal_clear
02-03-2009, 07:01 PM
Younger than 3 years old
Between 3 and 5 years old
Between 6 and 10 years old
Between 11 and 15 years old
Between 16 and 20 years old
Between 21 and 30 years old
Between 31 and 40 years old
Between 41 and 50 years old
Between 51 and 60 years old
Older than 61 years old

ronalditop
02-03-2009, 07:11 PM
i started year and a half ago. i learned pretty quick. now i can beat people who before i thought i never could beat.

crystal_clear
02-03-2009, 07:17 PM
i started year and a half ago. i learned pretty quick. now i can beat people who before i thought i never could beat.I guess you have a coach, am I right? One year of tennis lessons is equivalent to 5-10 years of self-learn.

CHOcobo
02-03-2009, 07:21 PM
my first time playing was for a high school gym class. but that was it, just for the class. i really got into tennis when i was 23.

I guess you have a coach, am I right? One year of tennis lessons is equivalent to 5-10 years of self-learn.
thats not true. i only started a year ago and i can beat my friends with a lot of experiences. i practiced a lot.

serveitup911
02-03-2009, 07:22 PM
I started when I was 8 and have been playing seriously ever since!

westside
02-03-2009, 07:31 PM
I first started playing seriously when i was 12 years old.

ronalditop
02-03-2009, 07:46 PM
I guess you have a coach, am I right? One year of tennis lessons is equivalent to 5-10 years of self-learn.

i had a coach for the first 5 or 6 months, then i just practice and play matches with friends. im pretty good at sports.

LeeD
02-04-2009, 08:06 AM
You guys place too much emphasis on coaching.
If you learn later in life, like 24 (me), coaching is less important. I already played 3 years of varsity football and basketball in high school. I already ran track and fenced for Jr.College. Picking up tennis, it took me maybe 3 years to play semi successfully in OPEN class in the SanFrancisco area. Note we're not the best in tennis, but we're not any country hick city either!
For me to get to Open class starting at age 12, it would take maybe 7 years WITH coaching.
As an adult athlete, I only needed and got the occasional tips from some former Pro players, and that was maybe once a month.

Djokovicfan4life
02-04-2009, 09:17 AM
When did I start playing tennis? Around age 10 or so.

When did I truly start to play the game? Around the age of 17.

Lotto
02-04-2009, 09:27 AM
I started playing when I was 7 and a half. My dad's a coach so he set the framework and more advanced coaches brought my technique to the level it's at now. At the moment it's nearly impossible to bring it on any further through normal lessons so I'm doing video analysis on technique and I have 4 hours in two days starting this friday. 6:00-8:00 on Friday nights and 3:30-5:30 on Saturday afternoons. I also have fitness training from 9:00-10:00 on Tuesdays and 2:30-3:30 on Fridays. So, I'd say my training schedule is going to get hectic. Fitness training's a right pain in the arse though. Good for me but you're pushed to the limit and you HAVE to do it if you're in the squads :evil:

JMS
02-04-2009, 09:40 AM
When I was 13 or 14.

Djokovicfan4life
02-04-2009, 09:43 AM
I started playing when I was 7 and a half. My dad's a coach so he set the framework and more advanced coaches brought my technique to the level it's at now. At the moment it's nearly impossible to bring it on any further through normal lessons so I'm doing video analysis on technique and I have 4 hours in two days starting this friday. 6:00-8:00 on Friday nights and 3:30-5:30 on Saturday afternoons. I also have fitness training from 9:00-10:00 on Tuesdays and 2:30-3:30 on Fridays. So, I'd say my training schedule is going to get hectic. Fitness training's a right pain in the arse though. Good for me but you're pushed to the limit and you HAVE to do it if you're in the squads :evil:
This is great to hear. An understanding of work ethic and the desire to be the best is critical in your development as a player.

RoddickAce
02-04-2009, 09:45 AM
Started when I was seven, but was never serious about it until 3 years ago.

tennis_balla
02-04-2009, 09:56 AM
Ahh the memories....
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd177/dsotm80/415239934_l.jpg

nalbyvsfed
02-04-2009, 10:00 AM
im 17 now, i play since 16 and 7 months

Sublime
02-04-2009, 10:41 AM
That distribution looks like it came out of a statistics book :)

Djokovicfan4life
02-04-2009, 11:06 AM
Ahh the memories....
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd177/dsotm80/415239934_l.jpg

Haha, awesome. A mini McEnroe in the making.

SourStraws
02-04-2009, 11:11 AM
15 years old


S.S.

crystal_clear
02-04-2009, 06:33 PM
That distribution looks like it came out of a statistics book :)
You bet~:)

StumpyDaMooseGod
02-04-2009, 08:18 PM
Started playing at 14 almost 15 at that time though. Didn't take it seriously until almost 16. I'm 16 right now.

tennisdad65
02-04-2009, 09:56 PM
started and played A LOT for 5 yrs in my 20s.. then quit for 15 yrs or so (thanks to my kids!).. and took it back up again last year (now in my 40s)

TnTBigman
02-05-2009, 07:55 AM
My pops brought my sis and I when we were around 8-9 to the local public courts to play. They only had two courts. Still do, and they had a seniority/advanced level priority for the courts at the time. Newbies couldn't play between 4 -10 pm. We'd be there around 2-3 pm in the hot sun. The sort of ok players did want to knock with the newbies. My pops was a 3.0 at the time and I hated tennis at first, casue my pops would be upset at me for not returning the ball straight back to him :D . After a few months, my sis dropped out, but me and pops we still play there. Formed and joined many clubs, played and hosted many national, and Borough tournaments. Had a great tennis life there. Guess who got court priority now :D . tsk tsk When will these newbies learn. "Whats the score now? Match Point?!? Nice."

Syfo-Dias
02-05-2009, 08:29 AM
I didn't start playing tennis until I was in college. Now I wish I had started much younger. When I was a kid and teenager I was into extreme sports like BMX, Skateboarding and Snowboarding. I've got the messed up ankle and broke arm with hardware to prove it. :)