Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Nonentity, Oct 8, 2009.
Are there many pros that weren't growing up playing tennis, but instead took it up in their teens?
Marc Gicquel started playing professionally (for $$$) when he was 24.
I don't know when he started playing tennis, though.
all pros started early.
no there was this one guy that started when he was like 15 i think
Marcelo Rios started when he was 11, IIRC.
I think Diego Junqueira first picked up a racket when he turned 37...
berastegui started on 16th
yeah thats the guy im talking about did he play james blake like 3 years ago in rome
From the ATP website...
i believe robby ginepri started playing at 12.
fred perry started at 19... but like nobody played tennis then
im not totally sure but i think i read somewhere that jim courier started out playing little league baseball, then someone showed him tennis at 13 and he focused on tennis more. then he went to bolitteri camp.
There was another French guy named Julien Boutter who started playing professionally when he was 25 a few years ago too
Those wacky frenchmen
thats guys only like 30 years old
Shhh, enemigos abundan...
Jakob Hlasek startet with tennis at age 15.
Acording to the ATP website, he started when he was 7...
Ginepri dropped other sports and focused exclusively on tennis at 12 but started playing much earlier than that.
radek stepanek was 16 when he started
Not acording to the ATP website.
Well, he didn't go pro and I know the level is different, but we had a player that didn't start playing tennis until he was 14.
why is it wacky to start then, sure it's better to start at age 20, but look at the WTA- it's basically junior tennis + Venus and Serena, and now Clijsters and Henin. I suppose it's getting better slowly...
Ha ha ha LOL.
Big difference between starting at 3 and starting at 16.
Didn't former world number 1 Gonzales start playing tennis at 14 ?
Even if that's true, you can't get away with starting so late anymore these days.
tim henman started at 14 months.
hw is this relevant here? i dunno.
Actually, Henman started before he was even born because his mother played tennis while he was in her womb. LOL
Kuerten started at 13 or 14 I believe.
Claudio Yamus started when he was 14, I believe.
Nope, he started when he was 6.
John Isner started when he was 11. He went to play D1 College and then at 22, he joined the tour. He's currently ranked 43.
Any Players Start At 12?
ljubicic started at 12
Nadal started playing when he was 20 years old.
Haha, I love all these random numbers being thrown around with no proof whatsoever.
Jim Courier was 25 when he started.
This made my day.
Genepri is an athlete. He looks like he could start at linebacker in the NFL.
no he didn't. i'm from NC and isner was always one of the top 2-3 10 and under and 12 and under players in the state.
a lot of people are just throwing stats out there that aren't true.
the only one that comes to mind was ion tiriac. he started playing competitively when he was 17. every other pro i know of played high level tennis long before this.
I think all of the players mentioned here focused on tennis at 12,13,14...
But all of them started playing very early. Kafelnikov started playing tennis at the age of 7 or so. Which is the latest that I heard of.
We're hoping that Nadal will start playing actual tennis shortly after his 25th birthday.
Here's to hoping.
Hope is a dangerous game, far more dangerous than the type of tennis nadal plays.
Marat safin started at 57, I believe.
Roger Federer started at 25, when he found this forum on google.
Come on people.. you are just saying BS XD
According to this article, Courier chose tennis over baseball at age 13. Up until that age he played both competitively. He did not start tennis at age 13, that is just when he decided to focus on one sport.
I'll bet if Jack Bauer started playing tennis now (whatever age he is) he would absolutely wipe the floor with everyone.
16 Slams from now - at Flushing in 2013, Jack would be declared GOAT.
who is jack?
Stepanek was a doubles specialist untill he was 22 or 23 and had pretty much given up on a singles career. Then he hired Korda as his coach and jumped something like 400 places in a year.
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