Originally Posted by Mitch Bridge
The top junior in the world has a 12 hour day, 6 days per week. This includes meals, massage, mental work, tennis training 3x daily, fitness 2x daily, physical therapy, studying video. The goals need to match the work. References from 20 years ago or even 5 years are not relevant to today's players. It is a truly global sport with only 250 men and 150 women making a good living at it. The competition is absolutely fierce. Soccer stars, basketball stars, martial artists, golfers: its 24/7. They played all day to become amazing! Tennis players have to do the same. Rusedski had 150 mph serve. Isner is 6'9. These guys can break some of the laws that others had to live by. There are many paths to play by but really only one to the top: all day/every day.
Just to play devil's advocate here
On the one hand I do see evidence today in a lot of sports where
kids are playing every day, but the injuries have skyrocketed.
Kids have injuries today that were unheard of 20 years ago.
And it is all from overuse.