Could I become a Great Tennis Player?

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  1. DjokovicWinStreak

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    Hi,

    When I say great I mean top 100 at least, preferably top 20.

    I am 5'6 and around 50 kg and I do push-ups everyday. I am not very strong but I have been practicing swinging my arm at home and I think if I were to hit a ball for real I could hit it pretty hard. My workouts consist of push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, calf raises, tricep and bicep curls, finishing off with a pint of Nesquik or milk if I don't have any Nesquik powder left. I usually eat an egg in the morning with a slice of toast, and my diet I think is okay.

    Do you think with my height and weight I could become a very talented tennis player or is there no hope for me?

    Please take my enquiry seriously, and best of luck with the rest of the season. :)

    DjokovicWinStreak
     
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  2. Failed

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    How old are you
     
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  3. eidolonshinobi

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    That's a bit hard to do..

    b-u-t it takes more than working out and dieting to get you up there.
     
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  4. DjokovicWinStreak

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    I am 16. The thing is I am not that good at badminton but I heard the two sports are a bit similar. My teacher said that it looked like I was trying to play tennis.

    And about the nesquik thing, I heard that gives you a lot of protein, so why not...?
     
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  5. sureshs

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    Have you considered becoming a ballboy?
     
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  6. Mick

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    imo you can become a great tennis player amongst your friends but not amongst the pros. even donald young is struggling to make it in the atp.
     
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  7. DjokovicWinStreak

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    No, not really... but if that could get me to meet Nadal or Federer I could do that.
     
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  8. sureshs

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    16 is kind of old, buddy. Juniors I know have been playing for 10 years by the time they are 16. Unless you are exceptionally athletic and have proven it in other sports, it is not a realistic dream.
     
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  9. SStrikerR

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    Yeah, no. I'm 16 as well and have been playing for about 3 years already, and despite being a pretty good athlete and being good at tennis, I don't think I'd ever make it. I still lose to players who have been playing longer and whatnot. Especially considering you haven't played before, that's extremely unrealistic.
     
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  10. SourStraws

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    Dude I started playing when I was sixteen and I've beaten a lot of player who've been playing longer than me. Just practice as much as you can and see where it takes you dude. I'm planning to get an atp point by the time I'm done playing.

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  11. HunterST

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    Unfortunately, I don't think any current pros have started as late as 16. The latest I've heard of a person starting and becoming a journeyman player is Justin Gimmelstob at 12.

    There was a kid recently, though, named John Warden who started tennis as a freshmen in high school. By the time he was a senior, he was recruited and accepted by a D1 tennis program.

    So, basically, your size isn't your issue, it's your age. So many guys just have a huge head start on you. I think if you dedicated yourself and played pretty much every day for the next few years you could probably become a player at a DII or III college.
     
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  12. jigar

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    Consult Rochus brothers for the game plan and tips.
     
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  13. zagor

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  14. Andre D

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    why not d1? if he practices really hard with his whole heart i think he might make it, i think anyone with that ambition and will of power and self sacrifice can do it..
     
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  15. brownsfan456

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    Dude I'm seventeen and in pretty good shape. I've been playing for 9 years or so and have no hopes of going pro. And PLEASE don't compare badminton to tennis 'kay?


    But don't let that discourage you! Tennis is the best recreational sport out there! There are tons of clubs and you could always play in USTA leagues or join a league or something. Don't quit playing because you can't go pro.
     
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  16. junbumkim

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    To be honest and straight to the point, it will not happen unless you are already traveling internationally (or at least nationally) and competing against other top juniors, and putting 3~5 hours of practice per day. And, there are literally hundreds and thousands of people like this..Yet, the majority of them will never even crack the door of TOP 100.

    This is the reality of competitive junior players at your age. Certainly, there are very few exceptions...Even in these exceptional cases, they have been playing since they were 8, and competing in regional tournaments every weekend or every other weekend.

    Badminiton and tennis share one same aspect - it requires an excellent hand-eye coordination. But, they are pretty different sports..So....if you are terrible at making clean hits with shuttle-****, then your hand-eye coordination isn't probably that great.

    You don't have to be discouraged just because you can't be a professional player. There are many different ways to play tennis and have fun....Not every life is same, and you can't always be what you want...
     
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    If you read the correct posts made by wise posters here you will no doubt be top 5 by your 22nd birthday but you have to read the correct posts.

    Here are some clue to finding these masters.

    1: They say things about themselves that are very positive.
    2: They are positive that they are correct.
    3: They go crazy if somebody disagrees with them
    4: They will make many reference to how this is the modern game and it is superior to prior versions of the "modern game".
     
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  18. The Wreck

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    No, no, no. You're going about this all wrong. If you truly want to be first class (and you can be) you have to change your routine immediately.

    Forget all those other workouts. All you need to do is bicep curls. All day. Only with your right arm (or left if you are left handed). The arm and bicep is obviously the only muscle that matters when it comes to tennis and you need it to hit the ball hard like other top 100 players.

    Also drop the Nesquik. That's kid stuff. Step up to Muscle Milk. Get you some of that protein. About 400 grams a day should be enough. You may not have to really eat any other meals. Just Muscle Milk all day, everyday. That's get your right arm really big, really fast.

    The most important thing though is to just NEVER pick up a tennis racket and hit a ball. If you start hitting a bunch of tennis balls you'll undoubtedly start developing bad habits that will ruin your game and prevent you from ever reaching the top 100. As long as you never swing the racket, your form will be technically perfect, and perfect form is the only way to make it to the elite level.

    If you need any more help, I'll be GLAD to give you some more advice...
     
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  19. Devilito

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    no, but you're on your way to becoming a great troll...
     
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  20. brownsfan456

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    Hahahaha I literally laughed out loud!
     
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  21. mightyrick

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    Put in 10,000 hours of deep practice and you can be up there in the top-5.
     
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  22. SStrikerR

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    Just because they've been playing longer doesn't mean they're good tennis players. I'm talking about actual players who have been competing from a young age. IE: tournaments. I have friends who have been playing much longer than I have that I can beat easily too, but you go play someone who's been playing competitively from a young age and tell me how that goes over.
     
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  23. LeeD

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    You can do it if you try....
    At least one in a hundred billion people can do it, so why not you?
     
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  24. HunterST

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    Actually, if he practiced 40 hours per week for 5 year straight, I wouldn't be shocked if he won a round in qualies at a future's event.
     
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    To be copletely honest with you, it is not going to happen. Maybe, with a lot of financial support, and training time, a D3 or D2 school might pick you up, but not much more than that...
     
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  26. formula16

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    well my advice is don't let other people tell you what you can or cannot do. Just go for it and in time you will know if you can reach that goal or not.
     
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    At your current rate, you'll become "TW Tennis Guru" at TW in no time. Nothing more.
     
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    Let the kid try, after all, we are nothing without our dreams.
    OTOH, no chance, no way, no how, you can make the ATP tour.
     
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    LOL............
     
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    Put in 10,000 hours of deep practice and you will still be a short tennis player.
     
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    I still think this thread was intended for April Fool's day, but maybe everyone's just playing along?
     
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  32. NLBwell

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    If you were the #1 badminton player in the world, you might have a tiny chance if you dedicated your life completely to tennis.
    Fred Perry was not only a Wimbledon champion but a champion table tennis (ping-pong) player.
     
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  33. GuyClinch

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    Take one step at a time - rather then trying to see the whole picture at once. Make your varsity tennis team first - be the #1 player. And then take it from there..

    If your the #1 player on your varsity team and dominate the area you will get recruited by a college. If you go to a DII or better college you can dominate there and think about going against the pros and so on..

    This is how greatness is usually achieved IMHO. No one says hmm I wonder if I can be the greatest surgeon in the world... Okay I can now time to do it..

    No these guys get the best grades in school, go to the best medical school, get the best rotations in med school etc etc. And then they end up as the best surgeons..maybe.

    In this step by step way you keep things in perspective. If you struggle just to make your varsity tennis squad...then you won't get a tennis scholarship and so on. And you can go persue more realistic interests.
     
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  34. 5263

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    You can become very, very talented, but highly unlikely that you will ever be a tennis great.
     
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  35. 10ACE

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    You have a better chance at stand up- have you considered giving that a shot at a local comedy shop.
     
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    Too much gluten to ever be a top pro.
     
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  37. goober

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    At 5'6" and doing 50 pushups a day you have strong base to eventually do 100 pushups a day. Based on this information, I think you could be a tennis champion.
     
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  38. pyrokid

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    Play for the love of the sport, not because you hope to be a pro. Because realistically, that's not gonna happen. Tennis takes too much time to learn, and players Hit their prime very early.
     
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  39. jdubbs

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    Come on he said serious answers only. And lets face it...100 pushups could get you top 50, easy.

    But to get to top 5, you'll have to bump that up to 250 pushups a day.
     
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  40. Larrysümmers

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    im sure you could get good enough to play future events. yeah you are going to have to train like a mother humper to get there, but i dont think it is impossible.
     
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    The OP has been banned by a couple of other usernames as well. This thread should be deleted.
     
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  42. pushing_wins

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    cant believe some of u guys took him seriously
     
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    I know the guy is banned now, but he could make it as a pro, but in the LAST 10. Dude, it's hard. I wouldn't do it at all, I mean, they say cut down on GSCEs and stuff, and focus more on tennis than your education, and by the time you are finished on the tour, you will be working in McDonalds looking back when you only played one decent match against a pro. You won't even have the joy of playing in tournaments that actually matter, anyway. So if you want to be a bin man, or a guy selling potatoes, or someone who stacks the happy meal boxes in McDonalds, go for it. You will only get a good life after tennis if you are known by millions for tennis. You have to pay millions for medical, travel, tourny entries and all that stuff, anyway..
     
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