Originally Posted by Clemson_tennis
Also very few players are making breakthroughs at young ages now. Most make breakthroughs in the pro tour around age 20-21 which is the age of a college junior. Going to college for a year or two is not that damaging. Lots of top juniors haven't top anything when they decided tonot go to college. Players like Cesar Ramirez who was a top player.
Agree. That's why I like a year of college and if you end up at the top of NCAAs then go for it, but even then it doesn't always work out. Then you don't trade that life experience away. Which leads to this question (which maybe a thread of it's own), in the last few years, of those going pro early (prior to college) or after a year or so, who is doing well enough to say it was the right decision? It seems we talk about them going pro then they disappear from conversation....are there any standouts that went pro early - say before 19 or 20 - on the tour now?