PDA

View Full Version : Pros that started tennis late?


Nonentity
10-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Are there many pros that weren't growing up playing tennis, but instead took it up in their teens?

Serendipitous
10-08-2009, 08:59 PM
Marc Gicquel started playing professionally (for $$$) when he was 24.


I don't know when he started playing tennis, though. :(

skyzoo
10-08-2009, 09:00 PM
me..........?

wyutani
10-08-2009, 09:10 PM
all pros started early.

deddied
10-08-2009, 09:14 PM
no there was this one guy that started when he was like 15 i think

Rob_C
10-08-2009, 09:16 PM
Marcelo Rios started when he was 11, IIRC.

norbac
10-08-2009, 09:16 PM
I think Diego Junqueira first picked up a racket when he turned 37...

wyutani
10-08-2009, 09:16 PM
berastegui started on 16th

deddied
10-08-2009, 09:40 PM
yeah thats the guy im talking about did he play james blake like 3 years ago in rome

OTMPut
10-08-2009, 09:50 PM
I think Diego Junqueira first picked up a racket when he turned 37...

???

From the ATP website...

Began playing satellites and future tournaments at age 16, then moved on to challengers ...

bluescreen
10-08-2009, 10:02 PM
i believe robby ginepri started playing at 12.

ubermeyer
10-08-2009, 10:10 PM
fred perry started at 19... but like nobody played tennis then

KrossKourt
10-08-2009, 11:14 PM
im not totally sure but i think i read somewhere that jim courier started out playing little league baseball, then someone showed him tennis at 13 and he focused on tennis more. then he went to bolitteri camp.

nfor304
10-08-2009, 11:16 PM
Marc Gicquel started playing professionally (for $$$) when he was 24.


I don't know when he started playing tennis, though. :(

There was another French guy named Julien Boutter who started playing professionally when he was 25 a few years ago too

Those wacky frenchmen

nfor304
10-08-2009, 11:17 PM
I think Diego Junqueira first picked up a racket when he turned 37...

thats guys only like 30 years old

KrossKourt
10-08-2009, 11:18 PM
im not totally sure but i think i read somewhere that jim courier started out playing little league baseball, then someone showed him tennis at 13 and he focused on tennis more. then he went to bolitteri camp.

http://www.bookrags.com/biography/jim-courier-spo/

norbac
10-08-2009, 11:23 PM
thats guys only like 30 years old

Shhh, enemigos abundan...

meltphace 6
10-09-2009, 12:07 AM
Jakob Hlasek startet with tennis at age 15.

He excelled in hockey as a boy and competed on the Swiss national team
(juniors) at age 12. But after breaking his foot and arm, his father per-
suaded him to take up a "safer" sport which became tennis and began at 15.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Hl/J/Jakob-Hlasek.aspx

Mafia13
10-09-2009, 02:53 AM
berastegui started on 16th

Acording to the ATP website, he started when he was 7...

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Be/A/Alberto-Berasategui.aspx

BreakPoint
10-09-2009, 02:56 AM
i believe robby ginepri started playing at 12.
Ginepri dropped other sports and focused exclusively on tennis at 12 but started playing much earlier than that.

omgclayaiken
10-09-2009, 07:48 AM
radek stepanek was 16 when he started

Mafia13
10-09-2009, 08:03 AM
radek stepanek was 16 when he started
Not acording to the ATP website.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Radek-Stepanek.aspx

tigerstring
10-09-2009, 08:55 AM
Well, he didn't go pro and I know the level is different, but we had a player that didn't start playing tennis until he was 14.

ubermeyer
10-09-2009, 01:21 PM
There was another French guy named Julien Boutter who started playing professionally when he was 25 a few years ago too

Those wacky frenchmen

why is it wacky to start then, sure it's better to start at age 20, but look at the WTA- it's basically junior tennis + Venus and Serena, and now Clijsters and Henin. I suppose it's getting better slowly...

BreakPoint
10-09-2009, 01:29 PM
radek stepanek was 16 when he started

Not acording to the ATP website.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Radek-Stepanek.aspx

Ha ha ha LOL.

Big difference between starting at 3 and starting at 16. :)

timnz
10-09-2009, 02:09 PM
Didn't former world number 1 Gonzales start playing tennis at 14 ?

BreakPoint
10-09-2009, 10:03 PM
Didn't former world number 1 Gonzales start playing tennis at 14 ?
Even if that's true, you can't get away with starting so late anymore these days.

wyutani
10-09-2009, 10:18 PM
tim henman started at 14 months.

hw is this relevant here? i dunno.

BreakPoint
10-09-2009, 10:22 PM
tim henman started at 14 months.

hw is this relevant here? i dunno.
Actually, Henman started before he was even born because his mother played tennis while he was in her womb. :) LOL

geese_com
10-09-2009, 10:25 PM
Kuerten started at 13 or 14 I believe.

Vermillion
10-09-2009, 10:33 PM
Claudio Yamus started when he was 14, I believe.

BreakPoint
10-10-2009, 02:38 AM
Kuerten started at 13 or 14 I believe.
Nope, he started when he was 6.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Ku/G/Gustavo-Kuerten.aspx

i_need_rice
10-10-2009, 07:11 AM
John Isner started when he was 11. He went to play D1 College and then at 22, he joined the tour. He's currently ranked 43.

SuperDuy
10-10-2009, 12:01 PM
Any Players Start At 12?

Woods09
10-10-2009, 12:38 PM
ljubicic started at 12

35ft6
10-10-2009, 04:02 PM
Nadal started playing when he was 20 years old.

Djokovicfan4life
10-10-2009, 05:49 PM
Haha, I love all these random numbers being thrown around with no proof whatsoever.

Jim Courier was 25 when he started.

tribunal4555
10-10-2009, 06:31 PM
Claudio Yamus started when he was 14, I believe.

This made my day.

Conquistador
10-10-2009, 06:35 PM
Ginepri dropped other sports and focused exclusively on tennis at 12 but started playing much earlier than that.

Genepri is an athlete. He looks like he could start at linebacker in the NFL.

rod99
10-11-2009, 10:09 AM
John Isner started when he was 11. He went to play D1 College and then at 22, he joined the tour. He's currently ranked 43.

no he didn't. i'm from NC and isner was always one of the top 2-3 10 and under and 12 and under players in the state.

a lot of people are just throwing stats out there that aren't true.

the only one that comes to mind was ion tiriac. he started playing competitively when he was 17. every other pro i know of played high level tennis long before this.

jms007
10-11-2009, 10:20 AM
I think all of the players mentioned here focused on tennis at 12,13,14...
But all of them started playing very early. Kafelnikov started playing tennis at the age of 7 or so. Which is the latest that I heard of.

JeMar
10-11-2009, 11:29 AM
We're hoping that Nadal will start playing actual tennis shortly after his 25th birthday.


Here's to hoping.

Jason Vorhees
10-11-2009, 11:44 AM
We're hoping that Nadal will start playing actual tennis shortly after his 25th birthday.


Here's to hoping.

Hope is a dangerous game, far more dangerous than the type of tennis nadal plays.

_maxi
10-11-2009, 12:11 PM
Marat safin started at 57, I believe.
Roger Federer started at 25, when he found this forum on google.

Come on people.. you are just saying BS XD

jserve
10-11-2009, 01:56 PM
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/jim-courier-spo/

According to this article, Courier chose tennis over baseball at age 13. Up until that age he played both competitively. He did not start tennis at age 13, that is just when he decided to focus on one sport.

T-ennis 888
10-15-2009, 06:57 AM
I'll bet if Jack Bauer started playing tennis now (whatever age he is) he would absolutely wipe the floor with everyone.

16 Slams from now - at Flushing in 2013, Jack would be declared GOAT.

wyutani
10-15-2009, 06:27 PM
who is jack?

Ventolin
10-15-2009, 07:02 PM
Stepanek was a doubles specialist untill he was 22 or 23 and had pretty much given up on a singles career. Then he hired Korda as his coach and jumped something like 400 places in a year.