How long did it take you to get to the level you are today?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by GarrettReid, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Fay

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    You go Girl !
     
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  2. Cindysphinx

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    Thanks!

    Yesterday, I wore the first tennis skirt I ever bought, after I figured out nobody played tennis in running tights. A Nike white skirt (not a skort!) with a red logo, a gray blaze and a pocket in the back, very short. That it still fits is a minor miracle! :)
     
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  3. mlktennis

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    high 3.5 now- took about 7yrs to develop a strong foundation. I'm in my late 30's now.

    First picked up a racquet while vacationing in California and a few family friends asked if I would like to play. I picked up a racquet and played like it was racquet ball and did pretty good. Flying around the court, I thought this sport was easy. Boy was I wrong!

    Tennis came at the perfect time, settled in my career and family life stable.

    First 2-3 yrs wasted just hitting around with same 1-2 guys trying to win and not really getting better. Thought I was 4.0 easy -but just another 3.0 pretender.

    Got a few new partners of various styles who are solid 3.5 players. The typical pusher, counterpuncher, all courter and the big hitter...haven't found a s+v'er yet. Took my beatings and now dishing more than I get :)

    last 4 yrs seriously devoted to the game and progress has been agonizingly slow breaking bad habits, building everything from the ground up and getting mentally tough. Did everything on my own via video/ internet and talk tennis (thanks). Finally giving up some hard earned dough for some lessons. Prob could have got here much quicker with regular lessons earlier but the journey has been a fullfilling one.

    It will prob take me another yr or two to really compete and win with a solid 4.0...and we'll see if I plateau there or I can make a run toward 4.5 tennis. Alot depends on my body -if it holds up, if I can find the right pro to help take me to the next level, new hitting partners to continue to challenge me...and mentally if if will continue to have the passion to keep improving. We'll see....
     
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  4. GarrettReid

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    This really sounds like me. :p
     
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  5. mlktennis

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    yeah, people think their best 1 in 10 shot is their rally shot and wonder why they lose to the pusher. It's humbling to realize just how much better each 0.5 level is. I used to think I might make 5.0...uh...nope...not unless I can turn back the clock ten yrs.

    That's why I love the...'oh I've been playing about 9 months, I'm prob a 4.0'.
     
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  6. goober

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    I actually know quite a few people who have done this as adults. But the thing is almost all of them stay at 4.0 or go to 4.5 and that is far as they go. I haven't actually met someone who started tennis in their 30s or 40s that became a legit 5.0+ level player. It is not really how fast you get there. Most recreational players top out at 4.0-4.5 no matter how long it took them to get there from what I have seen.
     
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  7. Lunaticalm

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    Not as fast as I wanted to. I started tennis two years ago getting a few lessons here and there with the intention to be as well-rounded a player as possible in 3 months but unfortunately, family issues and other responsibilities were getting in the way of my tennis. It also didn't help that I have no regular hitting partner to play with so my skills stagnated. I actually hadn't played since July 2009 to May 2010 but I'm playing now again, about 4 to 5 times a month with a paid coach (I know, pathetic) since I can't find a regular hitting partner.

    As for my repertoire of shots and physical abilites, my forehand is potent but can breakdown in the course of the match. 2 handed backhand is quite solid but not enough pace. As for the serve, it's actually my favorite shot as it is very consistent. Thanks to FYB and Tennis.com, I learned the slice and topspin serves pretty quickly but my flat serve needs more improvement. Terrible net skills and touch shots, average movement, but improved stamina courtesy of some pilates, some footwork drills and Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred.

    As for NTRP rating, I am really not familiar about this, but if I rated myself now, maybe about a 1.5.
     
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  8. GarrettReid

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    You're surely higher then 1.5.

    A 1.5 is someone who just walked on a tennis court.
     
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  9. Lunaticalm

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    Oh, okay. Thanks for the clarification.
     
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  10. new_tennis_player

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    Well, it depends on your coaching (if any) and how serious you are.

    I was probably around 3 in high school when I first tried tennis. But I never improved since I didn't have any coaching and wasn't serious about the game.

    Now, in my thirties, I've been slowed by injuries, which leave me with large gaps of time where I can't/won't play.

    I'm still 3.0! :)

    I'd say I have close to 9 months of total tennis experience (playing on average once a week). But, I've only been really interested with the intention of improving for 3 months.

     
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  11. AlexDK09

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    I've been playing since 2003 I guess and I've always been a 3.0. The reason is because I just didn't played many tournaments, only three per year or so. I started playing tournaments again this year and I play in 3.5 tournaments (ending up playing against 4.0-4.5 players in cat 3.5 :shock:). I'm aiming to play approximately 7-8 tournaments in 2011 and I'm trying to become a 4.0-4.5 player.
     
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  12. pyrokid

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    Just like...

    oh about 60% of my life...

    Not seriously until the last few years though.
     
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  13. Vertiz

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    Started playing tennis seriously in 09. Played for 5 months in '09 and elected to not play indoors during the winter because of track and field. Played from march 2010 - now which is 6 months. In total I have 11 months of serious tennis and I am a 4.0 player.
     
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  14. ProgressoR

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    It took me about 8 months to reach my current level.

    And yes, I am rubbish.
     
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  15. Winning Ugly

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    Trust me, it is possible. I know guys who love the game but whose athletic ability or physical limitations/injuries keep them from ever getting enough wins to get bumped. It's like golf -- at some point you reach a plateau that fits you and it is hard to break thru. My wife is a very good athlete and won consistently for 10 years at 3.0 but never got bumped until she quit her 3.0 team and convinced a friend to play her frequently on her 3.5 team. 30% wins at that level, and no matches at the 3.0 level, is apparently what it took for her to get rated up. I also know a guy who played college tennis at a pretty high level, but a succession of knee injuries, some weight gain, and only playing once/week has him down to 3.5 and he loses 70% of his matches there -- his game would probably not get bumped up if he happened to be rated 3.0 and only played against 3.0's.

    3.0 is NOT a beginner where I play. Not that it's a great level of play, but at our club I see plenty of 2.0-2.5 hackers (not all "beginners," some are 10-15X/year players) and enthusiastic 3.0's who just won't get better.
     
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  16. jhick

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    Not sure. I started playing around 10-11 yrs old and then progressed through high school, where I'm guessing I was maybe a 4.0 player (I played the top doubles position on a strong HS team). After that I played 3 years for a D3 college team in Wisconsin and got up to 2nd singles there. After all of that I started USTA. Played one season at 4.0 and got bumped up to a 4.5 real quick. Then I was competitive in singles for quite a few years at 4.5 and went exclusively to doubles after having kids. Got bumped up to a 5.0 last year based on the major shift movement from the USTA.

    I would venture to guess that I'm currently a high 4.5/low 5.0 doubles player and average 4.5 singles player at this point.
     
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