Originally Posted by jdubbs
But that's a far cry from actually getting ATP points! There's no way a 4.5 or 5.0 would get there unless he's 14 and on the path. It just doesn't work that way in tennis.
My grand uncle took up tennis in his mid 40's and became a very competitive player in a few years (that was a long time ago). He was pretty athletic, but nothing more than that. I do not see why a player who is already very solid, could not become much better with proper conditioning and practice. He is not talking about becoming a pro, just getting one ATP point. Commitment, persistence and some luck is all he needs. One potential snag is that proper coaching may be necessary for him to improve beyond a certain point.