I think that if you're truly serious about this, you need to quit your job and pay for a full time academy/coach. The guys you'll be competing with in the qualies for main draw futures tournaments all practice full time. Out of a typical 8-10 hours of training per day, only 1-2 hours is spent playing tennis, the rest is on conditioning and drills.
Even if you go into debt initially, your winnings at Open and Futures tournaments should more than pay for the cost.
If you're not willing to take this step, sadly, you're just another in a long line of delusional rec players wanting praise for trying to "go pro." It's disrespectful to the profession to try to assume you can get there part time. At least the 41 year old in the other thread was trying to do this full time.
Last edited by jdubbs : 06-22-2011 at 08:17 AM.