I get an annual yearbook about local players published by the local chapter of the USTA. This year's book mentioned a player (whose name I will not give out) who picked up tennis 5 years ago at the age of 43. He relied only on watching pro matches and reading instructional articles in tennis magazines. He had good athletic skills prior to this. Once he decided he wanted to compete, he directly started playing 4.5 leagues, and has since worked his way to a 5.5. This has to be true as it is straight from the USTA. But I wonder what really is going on. From what I have read, 5.5 level is about consistent 100+ mph serves, huge groundies, fantastic anticipation, and superb control. Can someone at the age of 43 who had never played tennis before achieve this in 5 years?