# 5'7" Diego Schwartzman reached ATP #11

#### TimeToPlaySets

##### Legend
Diego is awesome.
The guy took a set off Novak, arguably one of the best players who ever lived.

#### Stretchy Man

##### Professional
People who say 5'9" de facto can't be a pro player are factually clueless.

Nobody has ever said that. I bet you are the first person ever to put that bizarre sentence together.

#### racquetreligion

##### Hall of Fame
As soon as Diego is no1 then he will admit he is only 165cm.

Future Bae

#### TnsGuru

##### Professional
Shorter players know they have a disadvantage and must be mentally/physically strong to compete at the highest level. You put Shwartzman's brain into a Kyrgios skull and you have a GS champion. Taller players have easy power with all that extra leverage but a smaller player needs better timing and sense of anticipation/footwork.

Diego plays tall with a lot of heart while bigger more gifted players tend to be small upstairs.

#### helterskelter

##### G.O.A.T.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterexample

The sentence "short players can't be top ranked pro players" is FALSE.

because logic...

In logic, and especially in its applications to mathematics and philosophy, a counterexample is an exception to a proposed general rule or law. For example, consider the proposition "all students are lazy". Because this statement makes the claim that a certain property (laziness) holds for all students, even a single example of a diligent student will prove it false. Thus, any hard-working student is a counterexample to "all students are lazy". More precisely, a counterexample is a specific instance of the falsity of a universal quantification (a "for all" statement).

#### TimeToPlaySets

##### Legend
Of course height is an advantage.
I said that "height is vastly overrated in tennis", as proven by Diego.

#### -NN-

##### G.O.A.T.
Imagine what his ranking would be if he was actually 5'7".

#### ghostofMecir

##### Legend
Of course height is an advantage.
I said that "height is vastly overrated in tennis", as proven by Diego.

Is this some type of shtick or are you just obtuse?

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#### Service Ace

##### Hall of Fame
I'd rather be the last ranked player in the Universe than be Diego's height and in the top 20.

#### timnz

##### Legend
I believe Michael Chang was only about 5'8" without shoes, and he was a solid #2 for a while. So at least you have that.
And Rios at number 1 at 5' 9"

#### timnz

##### Legend
I concur. Chang was maybe 5.6, and one point from number 1; Rios was number 1, both were in the Sampras era. Connors was 5.9 maybe. Diego is more like 5.5. Johan Kriek won 2 AOs at 5.7 in the prePoly age. Laver 5.6, Rosewall 5.6 back in the day. These are not just pros, they were TOP pros in tough eras. Diego top 11 in the world... people skoff like that´s nothing...hahahaha. Also my personal fav. Henin, 5.3 maybe, schooled the Williams when she was world number 1 in WTA.
Laver was 5' 8.5"
Look at Photos of him standing next to 5'6" Rosewall.
Chang was 5'8" or 5'9"

##### G.O.A.T.
When someone mentions Schwartzman , it is like a booby prize.
Yea, short players can technically make it to pro, and Schwartzman is the given example.
But no one really mentions it in a serious context.
He is dismissed as if he's an ATP 500.
A mere technicality.

I had no idea 5'7" Diego Schwartzman reached ATP #11
He is currently a top 20 player. TOP 20.

If 5'7" can reach top 10, then height is vastly overrated in tennis.
He is ahead of tens of thousands of taller players.
Fallacy of Exception.
Height obviously matters but Diego has overcome it through great skill. He still won’t win slams due to serve.
I say this as a fellow short guy.

#### Lleytonstation

##### Talk Tennis Guru
Diego is awesome.
The guy took a set off Novak, arguably one of the best players who ever lived.

Diego is a beast.. For his height. His biggest victory is beating Nishikori who was ranked 6. He has very consistent groundstrokes and can stay in any match, but eventually he does not have enough weapons to hurt the top guys consistently.

He reminds me of a poor man Ferrer who will keep coming at you, but is ultimately delaying the inevitable.

#### papertank

##### Hall of Fame
Diego is the extreme exception, not the rule. The dude is jaw-droppingly talented. His return stats constantly rival Nadal and Djokovic’s. However, having stats like that is really the only way someone that short could get to the top. His serve is just too vulnerable. It’s not even a bad shot, he just can’t get the angles on it that a 6’0 person can get, much less some of the giants of the game. If Diego was half a foot taller, he’d be a number 1 player.

#### ABCD

Laver was 5'8''.

##### Bionic Poster
I'd rather be the last ranked player in the Universe than be Diego's height and in the top 20.

#### Luka888

##### Professional
Diego is a great player. I admire him so much. True fighter. Ladies, I'm straight, but I also have to say he is so good looking. Better looking than AZ. Let's hope he can do some serious damage at RG.

I just like him so much. The thing is what you can do with Dear God gave you. Yes, he is physically short but he is also MUST TALLER than many other tall players. One of my favorites.

#### Sysyphus

##### Talk Tennis Guru
"All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?" – Monty Python's Life of Brian

More or less TTPS's mindset when appraising what height ever did for a tennis player.

#### guitarra

##### Professional
Well done, Diego!

##### Bionic Poster
Diego is a great player. I admire him so much. True fighter. Ladies, I'm straight, but I also have to say he is so good looking. Better looking than AZ. Let's hope he can do some serious damage at RG.

I just like him so much. The thing is what you can do with Dear God gave you. Yes, he is physically short but he is also MUST TALLER than many other tall players. One of my favorites.

Lol finally someone else admits Diego is bae af.

Start at 45 secs..... ughhhh lol

#### Gary Duane

##### G.O.A.T.
This is also why shorter players were more competitive in the wooden racket era - it was harder to overpower players with better technique before racket technology advanced.
Good point. It's pretty obvious the balance has changed, and I would put very little emphasis on reach, which I think is exaggerated in importance. The elephant in the room is the serve itself. When you look at service stats it is very clear that they go up and down, in general, according to height. You have guys under 6 foot who have better service stats than much taller players, but when you take all players under 6 foot and compare them with guys much taller, the difference is obvious.

Something obviously has changed. You can say that Laver only did so well because there were not many tall guys around with good coordination, but I find that unlikely. More likely it's about the change in 2nd serve statistics. You had guys way back who could fire off canon shots, but that was on 1st serve. No one had the kind of 2nd serve statistics as today's players get with poly. You can even see the difference comparing 2nd serve stats from the 90s with today's.

#### IowaGuy

##### Hall of Fame
Good point. It's pretty obvious the balance has changed, and I would put very little emphasis on reach, which I think is exaggerated in importance. The elephant in the room is the serve itself. When you look at service stats it is very clear that they go up and down, in general, according to height. You have guys under 6 foot who have better service stats than much taller players, but when you take all players under 6 foot and compare them with guys much taller, the difference is obvious.

Something obviously has changed. You can say that Laver only did so well because there were not many tall guys around with good coordination, but I find that unlikely. More likely it's about the change in 2nd serve statistics. You had guys way back who could fire off canon shots, but that was on 1st serve. No one had the kind of 2nd serve statistics as today's players get with poly. You can even see the difference comparing 2nd serve stats from the 90s with today's.

I agree with you.

For example, basketball in the 1960's-1980's had plenty of tall, coordinated guys such as Bill Russell, Pete Maravich, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale, Moses Malone, etc.

It's not like there were a bunch of 5'9" guys dominating the NBA in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's because of a lack of tall guys with good coordination

#### ABCD

##### Hall of Fame
I agree with you.

For example, basketball in the 1960's-1980's had plenty of tall, coordinated guys such as Bill Russell, Pete Maravich, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale, Moses Malone, etc.

It's not like there were a bunch of 5'9" guys dominating the NBA in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's because of a lack of tall guys with good coordination

https://runrepeat.com/height-evolution-in-the-nba

#### 1H-Backhand

##### New User
I guess it must be useful when every ball that you have to hit is an overhead...

#### IowaGuy

##### Hall of Fame

Although declining in number, players taller than 6'9'

So, actually fewer NBA players taller than 6'9", whereas tennis has more. This is good supporting evidence for tennis equipment technology to be playing a role, versus basketball equipment technology which is essentially stagnant...

#### Gary Duane

##### G.O.A.T.
I agree with you.

For example, basketball in the 1960's-1980's had plenty of tall, coordinated guys such as Bill Russell, Pete Maravich, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale, Moses Malone, etc.

It's not like there were a bunch of 5'9" guys dominating the NBA in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's because of a lack of tall guys with good coordination
I know. People ignore the changes in the game itself. When you change the equipment, you change everything. I grew up using wood, and I quit before everything got changed over. As I've said before, my job and life style stopped me from playing tennis, and I'm not the kind of person who can stand doing anything without total commitment. So I hung it up. I'm frozen in time as a player. I know damned well what I see today was not possible with what I played with. You see players today hit 2HBHs with the "wrong" foot splayed out to the side, and they all do it. Try that with an old heavy wood and gut racket. With those clubs you had to be prepared. No one hit a wristy shot on the forehand the way you see from guys like Sock and Kyrgios. Every shot had to be prepared with a follow-through. Just think of trying to hit a tweener with Laver's racket. People think young players suddenly invented these shots and the old timers were too slow, too uncoordinated and too limited to do such "athletic" shots. Try skidding on concrete with the shoes we used to wear.

Something has changed the balance of serving so that the ace count keeps going up and up, and 2nd serve stats are through the roof.

Take a look at this:

https://www.atptour.com/en/stats/2nd-serve-points-won/all/clay/all/

To get to just one player from the 90s you have to go down to Muster, and Kohlschreiber is in 10th place. The stats for guys who started playing in the 80s are all wrong, so you can't get a good read on the guys who were still playing in the 90s whose records are incomplete.

Now look at grass:

https://www.atptour.com/en/stats/2nd-serve-points-won/all/grass/all/

Sampras is #63. Agassi is #40, and Agassi's stats should have gone up because he converted to poly, right? But again both started before the ATP started keeping stats, and you absolutely can't trust the ATP, which is horribly sloppy.

What we can see is the almost total dominance of modern players. Is that logical?

Now you look at 2nd serve return points, which has to show the opposite, and it does:

https://www.atptour.com/en/stats/2nd-serve-return-points-won/all/grass/all/

Murray is #20, Djokovic #52, Federer #111. The balance between serving and returning has been utterly destroyed by modern rackets and poly, and the 90s was in no way at all like the 50s, 60s and most of the 70s.

That's why we see so many TBs today. No one can break serve any more in comparison to what things used to be like.

#### Apun94

##### Hall of Fame
Have a bunch of pics with him at Cinci with him in his flip flops. He is legit 5'5" to 5'6" territory.
Pics or it didnt happen

#### kevaninho

##### Hall of Fame
We've been through this a million times and Diego is about 5'5. Definitely a short dude. Incredible success given his height, but he's the exception that proves the rule.

Current (as of Monday) top 10:
Djokovic, 6'2
Zverev, 6'6
Fedr, 6'1
Delpo, 6'6
Anderson, 6'8
Nishikori, 5'10
Thiem, 6'0
Isner, 6'10
Tsitsipas, 6'4 (official, I think he might be taller).

Nishikori is not 5'10 LOL

#### deaner2211

##### Semi-Pro
When someone mentions Schwartzman , it is like a booby prize.
Yea, short players can technically make it to pro, and Schwartzman is the given example.
But no one really mentions it in a serious context.
He is dismissed as if he's an ATP 500.
A mere technicality.

I had no idea 5'7" Diego Schwartzman reached ATP #11
He is currently a top 20 player. TOP 20.

If 5'7" can reach top 10, then height is vastly overrated in tennis.
He is ahead of tens of thousands of taller players.
If you look at the best players in the history of the modern game, they are between 5'10" and 6'2", therefore saying that someone under 5'9" does not have a chance to be successful on tour then you might as well say that players over 6'3" does not have a chance either.

#### deaner2211

##### Semi-Pro
It might be 5 ft 9 if you average all the ages/demographics of men in the US but certain sectors are much taller. I bet the average height for young upper middle class men is close to the atp top ten average and thats where most US tennis players come from.
What a silly comment. So NBA players (who are taller that ATP players) comes from the upper middle class?

#### Purplemonster

##### Hall of Fame
Shorter players know they have a disadvantage and must be mentally/physically strong to compete at the highest level. You put Shwartzman's brain into a Kyrgios skull and you have a GS champion. Taller players have easy power with all that extra leverage but a smaller player needs better timing and sense of anticipation/footwork.

Diego plays tall with a lot of heart while bigger more gifted players tend to be small upstairs.

If you put Schwartzman’s brain into Kyrgios’ skull, social media would be a lot worse off.

#### Purplemonster

##### Hall of Fame
What a silly comment. So NBA players (who are taller that ATP players) comes from the upper middle class?

Brilliant

#### King No1e

##### G.O.A.T.
When someone mentions Schwartzman , it is like a booby prize.
Yea, short players can technically make it to pro, and Schwartzman is the given example.
But no one really mentions it in a serious context.
He is dismissed as if he's an ATP 500.
A mere technicality.

I had no idea 5'7" Diego Schwartzman reached ATP #11
He is currently a top 20 player. TOP 20.

If 5'7" can reach top 10, then height is vastly overrated in tennis.
He is ahead of tens of thousands of taller players.
This isn't news. The GOAT is 5'8".

#### Enga

##### Hall of Fame
Lol finally someone else admits Diego is bae af.

Start at 45 secs..... ughhhh lol

Lots of smacks and claps going on in the locker room

#### TimeToPlaySets

##### Legend
Holy crap look at Fed dominance

#### Stretchy Man

##### Professional
You know it's a video of Federer's best points right?

#### TimeToPlaySets

##### Legend
putinseva is only 5'4"
Just beat Osaka 5'11"

#### TimeToPlaySets

##### Legend
Thomas Fabbiano is 5'8"
and is taking TittyPasta to a 5th set ?

#### UnderratedSlam

##### G.O.A.T.
5'7 is generous...he looks a few inches shorter.

I'd love to see him win RG someday.
Without.

My parents reaction was basically 'lol wtf no chance in hell'
He is no more than 163 cm. At the most. Maybe even less.

When he "shook hands" with Djokovic today there was at the very least a head's length difference there.

Since Djokovic is 188 there is no way in hell Schwartz is 170. That's sci-fi.

It makes me wonder how much of the official ATP height/weight info is believable.

IMDb claims Richard Gere is 180. No. He is also less than 170. Everyone's lying and cheating.

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#### Third Serve

##### Talk Tennis Guru
Is TTPS still around these days?

#### HBK4life

##### Hall of Fame
Is he short? I wish they would mention it on tv. Maybe with graphs and charts.

#### VashTheStampede

##### Professional
He is no more than 163 cm. At the most. Maybe even less.

When he "shook hands" with Djokovic today there was at the very least a head's length difference there.

Since Djokovic is 188 there is no way in hell Schwartz is 170. That's sci-fi.

It makes me wonder how much of the official ATP height/weight info is believable.

IMDb claims Richard Gere is 180. No. He is also less than 170. Everyone's lying and cheating.

Diego does look shorter than 5'7". Listed heights are often exaggerated.

He has so much power in his groundstrokes though. He might be the hardest pound for pound hitter I've seen.

#### Shaolin

##### G.O.A.T.
Diego does look shorter than 5'7". Listed heights are often exaggerated.

He has so much power in his groundstrokes though. He might be the hardest pound for pound hitter I've seen.

Olivier Rochus was tiny and hit big as well. I saw him beat Wawrinka in person then he took a set off Fed the next round, in Fed's prime.

#### VashTheStampede

##### Professional
Olivier Rochus was tiny and hit big as well. I saw him beat Wawrinka in person then he took a set off Fed the next round, in Fed's prime.

Another great example. I saw him in person too and I think he was shorter than Diego.

#### The Guru

##### Legend
Olivier Rochus was tiny and hit big as well. I saw him beat Wawrinka in person then he took a set off Fed the next round, in Fed's prime.
He's got an even H2H with Djokovic in 6 matches too

#### megamind

##### Legend
He's really 5'5''-5'6''
I can’t stop laughing at your new avy. Someone help me

D

#### Deleted member 771911

##### Guest
My dad is a casual fan but he'll watch this exho and has a real interest in it. Anyway, when we talk, all he wants to talk about is how short Diego is. And how good Djokovic is, which I hate!

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