Is 5 11 tall enough to become an ATP pro

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  1. Netzroller

    Netzroller Semi-Pro

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    Well, maybe I wasn't very accurate.
    Fact is, the average tennis player is now taller than 80 years ago. One reason might be that people (in developed countries) are generally taller now and thus a guys playing tennis is also more likely to be tall.

    However, it is a fact, that shorter guys, don't win lots of titles anymore. While I agree that the skills that were important a long time ago, new qualities are now required to be more succesful. And athleticism is probably the most important of them. Small guys often lack the firepower. But they also don't have an footwork and speed advantage over the 185cm guys like Rafa.

    When was the last time 5'7' won a slam? How many guys that size won slams back in the old days (Laver was 5'7')?
     
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  2. VGP

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    I've always been curious as to Olivier Rochus' height, as I'm not tall either....

    Thought I'd mess with the earlier pic and use the net height as a reference (36 in) to measure both Rochus and Karlovic.

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    I know they're not standing up straight, but it seems their reported heights may be accurate.
     
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  3. CDestroyer

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    Sure its tall enough. Look at Ferrer top 5 in the world for several years. It would help if they were super fast though.
     
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  4. goober

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    Having stood next to Rochus in person I can assure you he is not 5'6". He is closer 5'4-5-5".
     
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  5. Limpinhitter

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    Hahaha! I've read this several times before. I just don't understand how a string that is 3 times stiffer than gut has made the game quicker or faster.
     
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  6. Limpinhitter

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    The "old days!" Hahaha! So, what has changed? With a few exceptions like Johnston (5'8"), Riggs (5'6"), Rosewall (5'6"), McKinley (5'6"), Laver (5'8"), Chang (5'9"), Goudio (5'9") who else in that size range has won major championships? Who among today's players can you point to who is more athletic than McKinley, Laver or Chang?
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Good question and many people don't get it. They think modern polys are more powerful. Actually, they are deader and allow the ball to be hit very hard and with spin. But the increased speed/spin and the deader string don't cancel each other - the additional control actually results in faster shots due to taking bigger cuts on the ball.
     
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  8. VGP

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    I was just trying something off the pic. Just curious, is he taller or shorter than you?

    With regards to height and string, maybe being able to create wider angles in baseline to baseline rallies and in having to deal with more hop off the return of serve favors taller players.

    Olivier Rochus has been doing well in Newport the last few years and the ball just stays lower there.
     
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  9. Povl Carstensen

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    More spin allows quicker shots to stay in.
     
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  10. Magic of tennis

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    yes I think that is good enough ht
     
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  11. goober

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    He is shorter than me, but I am not that tall. One of them women that was there was 5'3" and he was just a little taller than her- not by more than an inch or two.
     
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