this isnt fair

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by tennisboy21, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. tennisboy21

    tennisboy21 New User

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    when i was 14 i was 5ft10 and now im still about that height maybe 5ft11.
    i think my growth was stunted as i had severe depression anxiety and trauma.
    i havent even filled out, i still have a childs physique but iam athletically built but only for a 15 year old.

    i feel like now that iam 21 i am playing at a disadvantage to other men.

    so unfair i would have been so much better now i was national level at 14.
     
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  2. BubbleSpear

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    O yeah? I am 15 and I'm 5' 2". And I'm taller than my parents. :confused:
     
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  3. TennisPlayer11

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    im 14 and im 5'1"
     
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  4. SageOfDeath

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    This should be posted in the rants and rave section and you can still focus much on conditioning, height is an advantage but there are shorter players who can hit over 100 consistantly I mean 5" 6 short.
     
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    Who was that Italian dude at Wimbledon who lost to Roddick in 5 but beat Karlovic in the previous round? Braccialli or something? He was like 5'10" and he was serving some 135+mph. Gotta be a record for under 6' ers.
     
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  6. nViATi

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    well takao suzuki is only 5'10" and he can hit 127mph flat bombs. just work on it
     
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  7. troytennisbum

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    Also, keep in mind that at 5'5", Rochus is 3-0 agains 6'10" Karlovic !

    There are many great, world class players who are around 5'10 !!

    If you are indeed at a "disadvantage" to other men in this sport of tennis, I highly doubt it is because of your height. Perhaps it is more likely simply due to your tennis skill.
     
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  8. strcmp

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    um 5'11 is taller than the avg mens height.
    If you have an unathletic build, that is most likely your own doing, barring genetics. Start going to the gym and get stronger.
     
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  9. goober

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    I would love to be 5'11". I don't think that I have played anybody shorter than me in awhile and I am 5'7". I have found that height is not that important on the 4.0-4.5 level. Fitness and speed seem to be more important. There is a disadvantage on the serve but it seems most they guys I play are slow and in average shape.
     
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  10. tennisboy21

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    yes im am 5ft11 or very close to it, maybe 5ft10.5 but im saying i havent spread out since 13 -14 i still have tiny little hands like kids and also my whole body is just child like.
    im muscly but im not builtb like an adult.

    im 21
     
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  11. Rickson

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    Growth rates vary from person to person and if you haven't grown since you were 14, that wouldn't be uncommon. I know a guy who was 6'2 at 13 and guess how tall he is today. He's 6'2. As far as your physique is concerned, you can fill out on your own by eating more and lifting weights. Too much cardio will definitely hold you back from "filling out", but if tennis is your first love, keep it up and don't worry about your past depression. Blaming the past is beating a dead horse. Move forward and be happy.
     
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  12. Mahboob Khan

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    Yes. I was about to give Rochus example. He is quite short but he moves very well. He has a great extension on his serve, he has excellent ground strokes, excellent touch, and excellent court sense.

    Instead of whining, work at your game and display a positive attitude. If you cry no body will wipe out your tears because we are in this cut throat sport. It's your own hard work, your own esteem, your own pride. Success routes through disappointments and frustrations!
     
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  13. diredesire

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    don't complain man. I'm asian ;)

    I.E. I was about 5'1" at 13-14... now i'm 5'5"... barely...
    w00t


    I can serve a 105, but i hardly go for it that high.
     
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  14. RiosTheGenius

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    I'm 5'9" and it's never been an issue.
    it'd be nice if I were a couple of inches taller, but it's ok. if that's what you got just run with it. Olivier Rochus is the best example. great player and only 5'5".
    same thing with your body type. you look at skinny JC Ferrero and you would never think how powerful his forehand is until you see it.
     
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  15. jackabee

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    I'm 14 and i am 5'9
     
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    Tennis is more a mental game than a physical one. Don't bolster your physical "disadvantages" with mental ones as well.
     
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  17. Mahboob Khan

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    You cannot win matches just by mental strength. The following ingredients must be in place enabling the mind to take over (or to make an exit):

    -- Technical soundness (how to hit the ball)
    -- Tactical soundness (how to play the point)
    -- Physical strength (speed, strength, stamina)
    -- Mental strength.
     
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  18. ta11geese3

    ta11geese3 Semi-Pro

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    dude I'd LOVE to be 5'11... I'm 18, asian, and like 5'4" ish. Sigh.
     
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  19. tennis-n-sc

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    Change your screen name to "Tennisman21". You may not get any taller but you will feel better.
     
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  20. me too
     
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  21. Venetian

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I can't believe someone is depressed about being 5'11". Is this some kind of ridiculous joke? That's over the average male's height.
     
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  22. what is the average male's height?
     
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  23. EliteNinja

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    5'11" and you're complaining?

    I wish I had your problem.

    I'm asian, 24 and 5'5" 130lbs.

    I'm the asian Olivier Rochus!
    Too bad I'm not even an eighth as good as he.
     
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  24. EliteNinja

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    5'11" and you're complaining?

    I wish I had your problem.

    I'm asian, 24 and 5'5" 130lbs.

    I'm the asian Olivier Rochus!
    Too bad I'm not even an eighth as good as he.
     
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  25. thejackal

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    I'm asian and 6'2"
    ........(I'm gonna get flamed)
     
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  26. Turning Pro

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    Im asian and 5"7 or 8.......think im still growing,but 5"11?...........stop getting depressed you cokehead.
     
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  27. golden chicken

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    no, he's depressed because he's 5'11" and hasn't grown into his height yet.

    but don't worry. i was 5'2 and 98 lbs at 14, 5'7 and 110 at 20, and i've finally begun to put on the weight at 22 and 5'8. now i'm 130 and when my technique is on, i can hit pretty hard serves.

    use your (assumed) speed and your height to get to net and pressure your opponents. you don't need to be strong to step into a volley or slice approach
     
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  28. s_andrean

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    I'm 17, about 5'8-5'9, and about 150lbs.

    The juniors around my age down the club are (nearly) all 6'+.

    People alway said I was short for my age, which was kinda annoying, and that was one of the reasons why I changed my game from a sort of 'get the ball back in court without hacking' to being a power player.

    I can hit 110mph on my first serve, averageing about 100. Big forehand,solid backhand, with my movemnet around court being one of my strongest parts of my game.

    Size does not always mean that you can't be a good player, or that you can't get power. When you beat a decent player who is 6'5, the feeling you get is brilliant.

    Size doesn't matter (although unfortunately for us people who are vertically challenged, being tall does help).

    p.s 5"11 is not short!
     
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