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sammyboy
12-05-2009, 09:27 AM
Who are the shortest ATP tennis players that are highly ranked.

Seany
12-05-2009, 09:28 AM
davydenko....that's pretty much it, and he's not even that short.

SuperFly
12-05-2009, 09:42 AM
What's short? Under 6 feet?

_maxi
12-05-2009, 10:23 AM
ferrer....

fleabitten
12-05-2009, 10:24 AM
What's short? Under 6 feet?
And what is highly ranked? Top 100?

fleabitten
12-05-2009, 10:26 AM
If top 100 is high (which it clearly is), you got the Rochus brothers, Santoro (retired I guess), Phau...

sammyboy
12-05-2009, 10:28 AM
under 6 feet and top 100

CMM
12-05-2009, 10:33 AM
Dudi Sela.

LiveForever
12-05-2009, 10:36 AM
Rochus bros
Benjamin Becker
Gaudio
Ferrer
Fogini
Robredo
Clement
Santoro
....

Marty502
12-05-2009, 11:00 AM
I think Olivier Rochus is the shortest of them all, being 1.68 meters tall. (5'6")

Way shorter than Ferrer (1.75 meters or 5'9") or Kolja (1.77 meters or 5'10")

fleabitten
12-05-2009, 11:13 AM
under 6 feet and top 100
Personally, I wouldn't call 5'10 and 5'11 short, even for a pro tennis player. There are lots of pros that tall/ short. The other issue here is that most short tennis players lie about their height. Like Davydenko says he is 5'10 (I think) and I've stood next to him - he is not 5'10"....

stapler
12-05-2009, 11:18 AM
How about some previous world #1 Lleyton Hewitt? I dunno how tall he is, but I highly doubt he is 6 ft or taller.

T1000
12-05-2009, 11:26 AM
How about some previous world #1 Lleyton Hewitt? I dunno how tall he is, but I highly doubt he is 6 ft or taller.

I thinks he's 5'10" or 5'11"

veroniquem
12-05-2009, 11:30 AM
Who was the shortest guy ever? Chang?

Fliparoni
12-05-2009, 01:16 PM
Not even close. Chang is 5'8 or 5'9 I think. Rochus is the shortest guy in the top 100 that I can think of. He stands at 5'6.

Carsomyr
12-05-2009, 01:19 PM
It's rumored that Rochus might even be shorter than his official listing.

fleabitten
12-05-2009, 01:31 PM
It's rumored that Rochus might even be shorter than his official listing.
Yeah, actually almost all of them are. Hewitt was listed as 5'-11" but he's not either. It's very interesting to see these guys in person if you have the chance. The TV evens everyone out - I remember being very surprised at how tall and massive Berdych actually is.

That would be an interesting thread too - which players appear different on tv vs. in person...

dlk
12-05-2009, 01:33 PM
Seen a few athletes in my day, and they are always shorter in 'real life' than listed in media print. For example, saw Isaiah Thomas (basketball) and he used to be listed at 6'1", but really he was like 5'10"/5'11".

dlk
12-05-2009, 01:36 PM
My rule is subtract 2in. & 15lbs. So I'm 5'7" & 165lbs.:)

THESEXPISTOL
12-05-2009, 01:40 PM
Nalbandian is way shorter than the data from ATP.

Andres
12-05-2009, 01:42 PM
Nalbandian is way shorter than the data from ATP.
Nalbandian is 5'9'. Not even close to 5'11'
Coria is 5'7', not even close to 5'9

dlk
12-05-2009, 01:57 PM
I will give Isner the benefit of the doubt.

Marty502
12-05-2009, 04:39 PM
Dunno if you all mind, but Marcelo Rios is listed as 5'9" and I've stood next to him. His listed height is correct.

Haven't heard of somebody shorter than O. Rochus in the Top 100, not now or ever, for that matter.

He's shorter than my girlfriend! :D

Ocean Drive
12-05-2009, 05:54 PM
I've stood next to plenty of pros and heights are mostly all legit.

This Guazelli guy seems to think Marat is over 6'4'', he's no more than 6'4''.5

Just cause you're not actually 6'4'' doesn't mean he's taller than 6'4''.

Andres
12-05-2009, 06:11 PM
I've stood next to plenty of pros and heights are mostly all legit.

This Guazelli guy seems to think Marat is over 6'4'', he's no more than 6'4''.5

Just cause you're not actually 6'4'' doesn't mean he's taller than 6'4''.
I haven't seen him live, so I'm basing it on what HE has said out loud. He has said several times he's actually 196/197 cm, which is a tad over 6'5''. I cannot say if it is true, because I have never stood next to him.

As for the argie guys, I've stood next to pretty much all of them. Half of them are not as tall as listed. And the other half is.

And this is me, November 2007, with 6'1' Sergio Goycochea, former Argentina's national team goalkeeper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_Goycochea)

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v150/203/76/613645523/n613645523_1777878_5487.jpg

papucla10
12-05-2009, 07:49 PM
Nalbandian is 5'9'. Not even close to 5'11'
Coria is 5'7', not even close to 5'9

Nalbandian is in-fact 5'11' I have be close to him I am 5 9 and he is definitely taller than me. he looks shorter because of his weight.

Anaconda
12-06-2009, 04:51 AM
jesus!!! Even the likes of Rochus are quite a bit taller than me

Matmac
12-06-2009, 04:58 AM
How tall was Jaime Izaga, the guy who had that one famous win over Sampras?

loner1984
12-06-2009, 07:58 PM
Hahaha love this thread. Short people ROCK! Why you ask, because without shoes I stand 168cm. 5'6' thereabouts and proud of it!!!

Ambivalent
12-06-2009, 08:21 PM
Arnaud Clement is pretty short.

Ocean Drive
12-07-2009, 03:42 AM
Safin has never said he's 196/197cm, he's said that he was measured when he was 17 and he may be taller.

Look at photos of him next to Ljubicic and Berdych from the 2005 Paris final, photos of him next to J. Johansson and Del Potro. He's definitely not over 6'4.5

He does look huge in person, he looks more than 6'4'' if you were to see him just walking not so close to anybody, if i didn't know his height I'd probably go for over 6'5'' but i'd be wrong.

sammyboy
12-07-2009, 09:56 AM
Do you guys think short people have to put more effort into training so they can compete with the top players?

sdede
12-07-2009, 10:27 AM
Do you guys think short people have to put more effort into training so they can compete with the top players?

It is definitely more difficult for shorter people to compete at the high levels of tennis, but I think training is training. I'm - well, not tall - and don't train any more or less than someone taller than me, but I know that when I go to net, if I don't end the point with that shot, chances are VERY GOOD that he will end it with his next one.

OTOH, I just LOVE to play against very tall guys, 'cuz it's such a GOOD FEELING when I beat 'em! :twisted:

(a 4 - 4.5 :) )

asafi2
12-07-2009, 11:24 AM
Well maybe the listed height of these players include their height with shoes (which add about an inch to and inch and a half). NBA heights are ALL listed with shoes on (for example, MJ is listed as 6'6" but was measured by the NBA as a little bit less than 6'5" without shoes).

Snipergene
12-07-2009, 01:15 PM
Who was the shortest guy ever? Chang?

I think Harold Solomon was around 5'6".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Solomon

OliverSimon
12-07-2009, 02:14 PM
Gilles Simon is fairly short.

LeeD
12-07-2009, 02:18 PM
Solomon seemed closer to Chang's height, around 5'7".
AlbertoBarasetechi might be the real shortest, at what BudCollins called a real 5'4".
Shortest top 100 Womens? My vote for AmadaCoetzer.

malakas
12-07-2009, 02:51 PM
Do you guys think short people have to put more effort into training so they can compete with the top players?

O.Rochus constistently beat up badly Fed in junior tours when they were of average height.We knew how this ended up-with also Fed saying :I don't get beaten by dwarfs :mrgreen:

Not saying that height was the only factor of course,but it's not a coinsidence that the average height of the top 10 is what,1.85? :)


One more reason to appreciate Olie.

Badger
12-07-2009, 03:12 PM
Yeah, actually almost all of them are. Hewitt was listed as 5'-11" but he's not either. It's very interesting to see these guys in person if you have the chance. The TV evens everyone out - I remember being very surprised at how tall and massive Berdych actually is.

That would be an interesting thread too - which players appear different on tv vs. in person...

When I first started watching tennis I thaught Federer was quite small (like 5'9) and that Nadal was a good bit taller. Federer is actually a bit taller than Nadal. You're right, I think it's a combination of the T.V and the clothes the different players wear; probably the shorts and maybe even socks.

sureshs
12-07-2009, 03:23 PM
Would this be a short list? LOL could not help myself.

Fedace
12-07-2009, 03:26 PM
Ryan Harrison. i think he is a Little guy that can serve Big,, still.

Anaconda
12-08-2009, 06:07 AM
Would this be a short list? LOL could not help myself.

HAHA you made a funny!!!

surfvland
12-08-2009, 10:23 PM
Sebastien Grosjean. He was around 5.9 but had major game, and a serve that would hit 130mph.

makenakai
12-08-2009, 11:48 PM
The rule is Male athletes lie upward on ht and wt. Size intimidates.
Female athletes lie downward in wt. Serena at one time claimed she was 135...
Most tennis pros are no different. I stood taller, next to Rosewall who was supposed to be shorter than Laver. Laver is listed at 5'9". I am 5'7". Connors looks maybe 5' 7", in his Laver match they are same height almost.