Originally Posted by TheCanadian
Thank you for joining this forum. It's great to have the opportunity to chat to somebody who's actually living the life many of us wished we had.
My first questions: many top juniors did not make an equally successful transition into professional tennis. In fact, some had relatively mediocre pro careers. Why do you think this is so?
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
Do you think a below average height in professional tennis is a significant hurdle today?
At what age did you start playing tennis and what kind of regimen did you follow? For example, how much time a week did you spend on a court at the age of 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, etc. And now? How much time did you spend in the gym and on fitness? And now?
I assume many coaches at a hand in your development, would you like to mention some names?
How many hours should a kid spend in (private or otherwise) lessons in a typical week versus practicing? It seems to me that too many parents spend a fortune on lessons when a kid should be practicing and playing matches.
It's a tough question to answer, as the reasons for either success or failure are quite different for everyone. Some players didn't succeed were that they didn't train hard enough, others were set back because of injuries, and some others just never had what it takes to be a top pro from the start.
My short term goals are to be around the top 500 by the end of this year, while the ultimate goal is to be the #1 player in the world and winning Grand Slams.
I first tried playing tennis around the age of 5, but I didnt start playing on a regular basis until I was 7 or 8. Even then I only played a few times a week. I would say I got a lot more serious about my training when I was 10 or 11 years old. I don't really remember how much I played exactly back then, but it wasn't as much as I needed to, as I had trouble finding hitting partners.
At the moment, a typical training day would include around 4 hours of tennis and 2 hours of fitness, although this can vary greatly depending on what we are focusing on at any given time.
My dad definitely deserves most of the credit for developing me until I started working with Tennis Canada, midway through the year I turned 15. Afterwards, I started working with Guillaume Marx and Jocelyn Robichaud, who are still my coaches at the moment, as well as Kieran Foy as my fitness trainer.
That last question is also tough to answer, as it really depends on the player's needs at the time. I would say its good to do about 50% lessons and 50% matchplay and sparring with other players, typically.