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Wolfdale 12-01-2012 07:35 PM

Is 5ft 9 tall enough for tennis?
 
I know that height shouldn't be a limiting factor for a amateur player like me, but I'd like to know how much height affects tennis playing after all. Would I have a huge increase in performance if I were 6 ft 2, for instance?

I'm a 3.0~3.5 player, still developing much of the game aspects. I also know that it's hard to answer that, but in case of a 5.0 player who is 5ft 9, is he able to serve well despite his height?

How does Ferrer, for instance, being on the short side, compare to taller players close to his ranking?

Thank you very much for the answers!

Headshotterer 12-01-2012 07:38 PM

Ferrer is top ranked because he works very hard and competes his best. In lower levels, this is not as common so any physical advantage is big.

t135 12-01-2012 07:40 PM

Comparing pros to 3.5 rec players isn't going to give you any real answers. It's apples and oranges.

Wolfdale 12-01-2012 07:45 PM

I'm very sorry, I posted it on the wrong area, could it be moved to Tennis Tips/Instructions? I meant to post there!

db10s 12-01-2012 07:50 PM

My coach is 5ft 10, he won in futures... As a big server..... He just has REALLY good technique, his forehand and serve were ATP good, but his backhand held him back.

TheCheese 12-01-2012 08:17 PM

Until you get to a pretty high level I don't think height is really going to limit you that much.

goran_ace 12-01-2012 08:31 PM

Heeght/reach irrelevant. Coverage is determined by quickness and footwork.

NLBwell 12-01-2012 08:35 PM

Olivier Rochus at 5' 5" got to #24 in the world.
Don't worry about it.


Benjamin Becker is 5' 10" and was one of the hardest servers in the world.
If you are 5' 9", maybe you might top out at 134 mph first serve speed (if your form is good enough).

Lots of advantages to being shorter and quicker in tennis offsetting advantages that taller players have in certain areas.

boramiNYC 12-01-2012 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goran_ace (Post 7042254)
Heeght/reach irrelevant. Coverage is determined by quickness and footwork.

agreed. advantages and disadvantages for both short and tall. maximize your advantage and attack opponents disadvantage. winner is the one who does this better.

SystemicAnomaly 12-01-2012 08:53 PM

Marcelo Rios (former ATP #1) and Michael Chang (former ATP #2) were both 5'9".

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Sumo 12-01-2012 09:08 PM

At the rec level, height is the last thing anyone needs to worry about.

Kenzik 12-01-2012 09:31 PM

Yea don't even worry about it.

OHBH 12-01-2012 09:43 PM

At the amateur level height is very helpful for taking care of moonballs and moonballers, but that is about it.

y11971alex 12-01-2012 10:48 PM

Absolutely.
 
K. R. Rosewall, at the very top '50s to '70s, was 5' 7"

R. Laver, 2 calendar year slams, was 5' 9"

corbind 12-01-2012 11:10 PM

Reality is it is something you're born with and cannot change. So if you are 5', 5'9", or whatever -- embrace it. I feel height has an impact on serve. As a general rule, the taller the player, the harder it is to return his serve.

I greatly dislike returning serve from a guy around my height (6'2") or taller. The angle of the served ball coming down from the sky is greater and often with pace. Against average-height servers returning is easier.

Still, a short guy with a good kick serve will damage me more than a tall dude hitting flat as Incan just block those back. Kick serve gives you great clearance over the net no matter your height.

Half the guys on our college team were at least six foot and the most successful ones (except one) were in that group.

Finally, being tall has advantages everywhere on the court. But the MAIN thing is talent and application. Tall guy who is lazy versus short guy who works hard -- who wins? Guy who is naturally talented but lazy versus guy who practices his tail off -- who wins?

dominikk1985 12-01-2012 11:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Headshotterer (Post 7042172)
Ferrer is top ranked because he works very hard and competes his best. In lower levels, this is not as common so any physical advantage is big.

yes. It is hard to get in the top10 at this height but even the top100 are very possible if you have good technique, talent and fitness.

at 3.5-5.5 it really shouldn't make a big difference. also don't limit yourself to pushing. footwork is even more important at your height but guys like rochus are offensive players albeit no real power hitter. even ferrer got a lot more offensive in the last years (taking the ball early and make the opponent run) and grosjean had a hge FH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qejr9i0oKd8

tennis_balla 12-02-2012 09:48 AM

No, 5ft. 9 is too short for tennis. Your opponent will have trouble seeing you on the other side of the court. You should not play tennis at all, so sell your rackets.

SStrikerR 12-02-2012 12:05 PM

Yes, if you get taller your technique will improve and you will automatically serve 30mph harder. You can't play tennis.

Coach Chad 12-02-2012 01:03 PM

Height is something that you cannot do anything about...down through the years, tennis champions have come both tall and short...do not concern yourself with it.

dominikk1985 12-02-2012 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by y11971alex (Post 7042356)
K. R. Rosewall, at the very top '50s to '70s, was 5' 7"

R. Laver, 2 calendar year slams, was 5' 9"

Yes but you forgot to mention that a modern 3.5 is too much for those old guys:D. that was stone age:)


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