When did you start to learn tennis?

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When did you start to learn tennis?

  1. Younger than 3 years old

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  2. Between 3 and 5 years old

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  3. Between 6 and 10 years old

    12 vote(s)
    16.9%
  4. Between 11 and 15 years old

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    28.2%
  5. Between 16 and 20 years old

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  6. Between 21 and 30 years old

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  7. Between 31 and 40 years old

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  8. Between 41 and 50 years old

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  9. Between 51 and 60 years old

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  10. Older than 61 years old

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  1. crystal_clear

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    Younger than 3 years old
    Between 3 and 5 years old
    Between 6 and 10 years old
    Between 11 and 15 years old
    Between 16 and 20 years old
    Between 21 and 30 years old
    Between 31 and 40 years old
    Between 41 and 50 years old
    Between 51 and 60 years old
    Older than 61 years old
     
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  2. ronalditop

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    i started year and a half ago. i learned pretty quick. now i can beat people who before i thought i never could beat.
     
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  3. crystal_clear

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    I guess you have a coach, am I right? One year of tennis lessons is equivalent to 5-10 years of self-learn.
     
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  4. CHOcobo

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    my first time playing was for a high school gym class. but that was it, just for the class. i really got into tennis when i was 23.

    thats not true. i only started a year ago and i can beat my friends with a lot of experiences. i practiced a lot.
     
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  5. serveitup911

    serveitup911 Semi-Pro

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    I started when I was 8 and have been playing seriously ever since!
     
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  6. westside

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    I first started playing seriously when i was 12 years old.
     
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  7. ronalditop

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    i had a coach for the first 5 or 6 months, then i just practice and play matches with friends. im pretty good at sports.
     
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  8. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    You guys place too much emphasis on coaching.
    If you learn later in life, like 24 (me), coaching is less important. I already played 3 years of varsity football and basketball in high school. I already ran track and fenced for Jr.College. Picking up tennis, it took me maybe 3 years to play semi successfully in OPEN class in the SanFrancisco area. Note we're not the best in tennis, but we're not any country hick city either!
    For me to get to Open class starting at age 12, it would take maybe 7 years WITH coaching.
    As an adult athlete, I only needed and got the occasional tips from some former Pro players, and that was maybe once a month.
     
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  9. Djokovicfan4life

    Djokovicfan4life Legend

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    When did I start playing tennis? Around age 10 or so.

    When did I truly start to play the game? Around the age of 17.
     
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  10. Lotto

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    I started playing when I was 7 and a half. My dad's a coach so he set the framework and more advanced coaches brought my technique to the level it's at now. At the moment it's nearly impossible to bring it on any further through normal lessons so I'm doing video analysis on technique and I have 4 hours in two days starting this friday. 6:00-8:00 on Friday nights and 3:30-5:30 on Saturday afternoons. I also have fitness training from 9:00-10:00 on Tuesdays and 2:30-3:30 on Fridays. So, I'd say my training schedule is going to get hectic. Fitness training's a right pain in the arse though. Good for me but you're pushed to the limit and you HAVE to do it if you're in the squads :evil:
     
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  11. JMS

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    When I was 13 or 14.
     
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  12. Djokovicfan4life

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    This is great to hear. An understanding of work ethic and the desire to be the best is critical in your development as a player.
     
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  13. RoddickAce

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    Started when I was seven, but was never serious about it until 3 years ago.
     
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  14. tennis_balla

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    Ahh the memories....
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  15. nalbyvsfed

    nalbyvsfed Rookie

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    im 17 now, i play since 16 and 7 months
     
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  16. Sublime

    Sublime Semi-Pro

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    That distribution looks like it came out of a statistics book :)
     
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  17. Djokovicfan4life

    Djokovicfan4life Legend

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    Haha, awesome. A mini McEnroe in the making.
     
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  18. SourStraws

    SourStraws Rookie

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    15 years old


    S.S.
     
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  19. crystal_clear

    crystal_clear Professional

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    You bet~:)
     
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  20. StumpyDaMooseGod

    StumpyDaMooseGod Rookie

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    Started playing at 14 almost 15 at that time though. Didn't take it seriously until almost 16. I'm 16 right now.
     
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  21. tennisdad65

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    started and played A LOT for 5 yrs in my 20s.. then quit for 15 yrs or so (thanks to my kids!).. and took it back up again last year (now in my 40s)
     
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  22. TnTBigman

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    My pops brought my sis and I when we were around 8-9 to the local public courts to play. They only had two courts. Still do, and they had a seniority/advanced level priority for the courts at the time. Newbies couldn't play between 4 -10 pm. We'd be there around 2-3 pm in the hot sun. The sort of ok players did want to knock with the newbies. My pops was a 3.0 at the time and I hated tennis at first, casue my pops would be upset at me for not returning the ball straight back to him :D . After a few months, my sis dropped out, but me and pops we still play there. Formed and joined many clubs, played and hosted many national, and Borough tournaments. Had a great tennis life there. Guess who got court priority now :D . tsk tsk When will these newbies learn. "Whats the score now? Match Point?!? Nice."
     
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  23. Syfo-Dias

    Syfo-Dias Semi-Pro

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    I didn't start playing tennis until I was in college. Now I wish I had started much younger. When I was a kid and teenager I was into extreme sports like BMX, Skateboarding and Snowboarding. I've got the messed up ankle and broke arm with hardware to prove it. :)
     
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