Is there a chance that I can go pro?

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  1. Manus Domini

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    I self-rate myself as a 4.5 tournament player, though I have never played a tournament. My serve probably averages about 130-135, though I have never used a radar gun. I have only played for a few years, but I crushed my self-rated 3.5 friend 6-2, who beat his self-rated 3.0 friend. Also, I am capable of an eight-minute mile (the pause to drink a bottle of water after every 400m not included) and can dash the 100m in 19.3 seconds. I am 35, 6'2", and weigh 140 lbs.

    My play-style is S&V and chip&charge, and I modeled my slices and volleys off Nadal, since John McEnroe praises his volleys as the best in the modern day.

    I am a righty, with a 2hbh, and I make heavy use of the topspin ground-strokes and slice backhand.

    Thanks :)

    Btw, this is a satire for all those who think becoming a pro is possible if you start past teenagehood. Even then, it is nigh impossible. This isn't meant to insult anyone, just to show the futility of trying to become a pro without really having the ability and/or necessary physical requirements.
     
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  2. AceServer

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    Is there a match video us forum members could see?
     
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    I was just playing with a few friends, ya know? ;)
     
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  7. AceServer

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    Wow, blasting those forehands. I think you should make it to ATP top 200 at least. :)
     
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  8. Mick

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    but the chinese proverb says
    "The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” :)
     
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  9. Manus Domini

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    It does, but then again, how many people do you know who picked up tennis at 19 and successfully went pro in the modern game?
     
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    anybody can be a pro. all you have to do is pay the yearly fee.
     
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  11. dozu

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    there is no such chinese proverb
     
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  12. Mick

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    google search says that is a chinese proverb

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  13. Mick

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    yeah in old days fred perry managed to do it at 18 but professional tennis is not the same nowadays
     
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  14. Manus Domini

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    Dozu: a 2.5 the game of Google :D
     
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  15. Manus Domini

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    Yeah, I know

    /Sigh

    I wish we had those days now.
     
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    I watched your video.

    Nice court coverage but IMO you fist pump way too much.
     
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    some years ago, i watched a documentary about roger federer on espn and early on, his parents weren't sure if he could make it as a tennis pro. they gave him a timeline in which he had to reach top the 50 or quit the sport. at the time federer thought that was very difficult but he managed to do it and he went on to become the player that he is today.
     
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    Run a mile in 8 minutes is pretty poor and 100 metres in 19 seconds is really bad. Then again your 35. im only 1.65 and i can run 100 in 15-16 seconds. Oh and at 1:40 in the film your forehand cross court swing somehow hits the ball down the line. Rigged game =D
     
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    I think you need to post a video of yourself hitting against a wall for us to properly assess your game. Video of you hitting against another player is not realistic.
     
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    Interrupting the impossible. Created a modern ancient chinese proverb.
     
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    Going Pro

    I suppose your question is actually "is there a chance that I can be a successful pro?"

    Going pro is easy enough. You just need to have someone pay you for playing. That person could be your father, friend, or someone else, regardless. In fact, the definition of professional in tennis is something like "player who plays for monetary return." On the other hand, if you decline payment and prize-money and are not under contract, you are called an amateur.

    Professionals play under a completely different environment from amateurs. In other words, there is money involved. And with money, there are compromises to be made, if you become a great professional. In 1957, professional P. Gonzales was instructed by his employer, Kramer, to "carry" newly-signed pro Rosewall. This is not to say that you'll be instructed to play beneath your normal standard so that your opponent has a chance to win, but that situation may arise, and you must comply as a professional. There is no such necessity as an amateur, and you can beat the same person as badly and as often as it may be.

    Besides being a great player and a great entertainer (this is necessary in professional events and exhibitions) at the same time, you'll also need to understand the inner workings and politics of your organisation. You can make your employer lose money if you beat your opponent all the time, making further matches unexciting, and the tickets will not sell, harming both your and your employers' financial interest. It is not very different from working in a bank, and you need to obey instructions. Furthermore, as a professional, you are limited to only "open" events, and traditional tournaments will not allow you to play.

    On the other hand, you will have a stable job and income. You can see and learn from other great professionals. You can endorse and be endorsed, and be paid for it. It will be a bright future if you can manage money well.

    If you are ready to accept the challenge and compromises, you'll score a good chance in becoming a great professional.:)
     
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  24. Limpinhitter

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    You're a prisoner in a Laotian labor camp?
     
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    Forget it, you can't afford the $
     
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    lol funny
     
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    why did dozu get banned
     
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  28. arche3

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    Trolling. He will be back.
     
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    dozu is offering a $3k award to a lead that identifies the snitch.
     
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    hahahahahahahaha
     
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  31. ordinarymangoe3

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    50% percent of this is nonsense
     
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  32. Ronaldo

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    And the other side of the coin?
     
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