Originally Posted by jdubbs
Point is though, you can take a stab at the tour at 22...players are all older anyway nowadays on tour.
It's definitely doable and surprising how many folks don't get it still. The days of Capriatti, Agassi, etc turning pro in their early teens are pretty much over. College is a more viable option than ever to get quality competition before making the leap.
I dont have a tennis prodigy in my house, but if I did they would be enrolling for the spring of college tennis at a minimum. Unless they were to completely dominate, they'd dabble in the pros only during the summer and fall. The safety net of a near free education with free training is too much to pass on.
But, to each their own. College isn't an ideal environment for everyone.