Height-Weight/Size for tennis players?

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
My friends and I were discussing this-- tennis players don't want to be tiny like distance runners, because they have to make a lot of quick movements, but don't want to be too big because they have longer matches and have to make quick adjustments. We see a lot of guys in the 170-190 range weight wise, but I'm curious as far as opinions-- what would "ideal" weight be for male players at these heights? How much does it depend on playstyle?
5'8"
6'0"
6'4"
 

kimguroo

Legend
6'-1" is ideal height for tennis in my opinion.
Seems like Over 6'-1" players start to have slightly slower movement.
Over 6'-3" players might be strongest servers but their movement is not quick enough (Ronic might be a good example).

Monfils might be only exception but his mentality is one of worst.
 

shindemac

Hall of Fame
My friends and I were discussing this-- tennis players don't want to be tiny like distance runners, because they have to make a lot of quick movements, but don't want to be too big because they have longer matches and have to make quick adjustments. We see a lot of guys in the 170-190 range weight wise, but I'm curious as far as opinions-- what would "ideal" weight be for male players at these heights? How much does it depend on playstyle?
5'8"
6'0"
6'4"
My height is 5'8". I feel somewhere in the 130s is a good range. For kids or females, it might be much less. They haven't had a chance to fill out yet. It gets worse than just tennis, because you need your body for different things. For health reasons, there's an ideal weight. For multiple sports, there's competing interests. For social reasons, you might not want to go below a certain weight.

Even with my ankle injury, I feel slow but people tell me that I'm fast. I also slowed down over the years too. But if you start smaller and lighter, than you'll be faster. You can't really expect bigger guys to be as fast unless they put in a lot more work.

Height/weight will dictate what you are good at. If you are aware of this, then you can excel. For concreteness, 5'8" is too much of a disadvantage in basketball. When you try to play at the highest levels, you will reach a ceiling. It is also not considered good for serving, but serve is my biggest strength.
 
There is a fairly big range for different body types even at the same height. I stand 6'3.5" and over the last 5 years have weighed between 215 and 183 at various times (183 was during and after a bout with pneumonia and was way too skinny). For me, my ideal weight for tennis is about 195 or so. I have buddies who are the same height but with a more lean body style (smaller waist, shoulders, and skinny legs), who would be down right chunky at 195.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Depends on the game you like to play.
Pusher's would be best short, like 5'6" to 5'10".
Huge server's would best be 6'4" +.
All around players somewhere in between, with 6'1" to 6'3" the best player's in the top 5.
 
My friends and I were discussing this-- tennis players don't want to be tiny like distance runners, because they have to make a lot of quick movements, but don't want to be too big because they have longer matches and have to make quick adjustments. We see a lot of guys in the 170-190 range weight wise, but I'm curious as far as opinions-- what would "ideal" weight be for male players at these heights? How much does it depend on playstyle?
5'8"
6'0"
6'4"
I think height is a huge advantage, you just need to be able to move really well. Taller people have better served generally which is a huge advantage. I would say there is not idea size as long as they can move. The bigger the better
 

Bluefan75

Professional
I think height is a huge advantage, you just need to be able to move really well. Taller people have better served generally which is a huge advantage. I would say there is not idea size as long as they can move. The bigger the better
Not only that, but the additional reach you get from being tall is huge. If I come to the net, at 5'8", a decent player has a decent chance of passing me and not being too stressed about it on the shot. A 6'4" guy doing the same, and now all of a sudden the guy hitting is thinking he needs to be pinpoint accurate, or hit it as hard as possible. And the lob needs to be perfect.
 

Noveson

Hall of Fame
My friends and I were discussing this-- tennis players don't want to be tiny like distance runners, because they have to make a lot of quick movements, but don't want to be too big because they have longer matches and have to make quick adjustments. We see a lot of guys in the 170-190 range weight wise, but I'm curious as far as opinions-- what would "ideal" weight be for male players at these heights? How much does it depend on playstyle?
5'8"
6'0"
6'4"
Honestly I think the better athletes tennis gets the more we will start seeing 6'3" plus guys in the game. There's a ton of guys that size out there that are plenty mobile, but tennis doesn't get most of them because they end up playing basketball, soccer, or football.

Watch the NBA for a year and guys like Curry, Lillard, and Westbrook will convince you
 

Enga

Hall of Fame
Im somewhere around 5'8" I think playing at a chubby 170 lbs. I feel like a player my height should shoot for no higher than 150.

All heights benefit from being on the lighter side for their height.
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
Honestly I think the better athletes tennis gets the more we will start seeing 6'3" plus guys in the game. There's a ton of guys that size out there that are plenty mobile, but tennis doesn't get most of them because they end up playing basketball, soccer, or football.

Watch the NBA for a year and guys like Curry, Lillard, and Westbrook will convince you
I think of a guy like Garnett in his prime and wonder what that would be like-- as tall as Ivo, but could move as well as most NBA guards...
 

wings56

Hall of Fame
My friends and I were discussing this-- tennis players don't want to be tiny like distance runners, because they have to make a lot of quick movements, but don't want to be too big because they have longer matches and have to make quick adjustments. We see a lot of guys in the 170-190 range weight wise, but I'm curious as far as opinions-- what would "ideal" weight be for male players at these heights? How much does it depend on playstyle?
5'8"
6'0"
6'4"
I think you could pull up the ATP website and just find the pros with the corresponding heights and look at their weight.
 

wings56

Hall of Fame
Ferrer: 5'9" - 160lbs
Bautista-Agut: 6' - 168 lbs, Simon - 160lbs
6'4" = Monfils: 177lbs, Kyrgios: 187

There's going to be a range of weights at every height.... I'm not sure if there is an ideal. I think ideal is what suits your body and gamestyle.
 

Bluefan75

Professional
Ferrer: 5'9" - 160lbs
Bautista-Agut: 6' - 168 lbs, Simon - 160lbs
6'4" = Monfils: 177lbs, Kyrgios: 187

There's going to be a range of weights at every height.... I'm not sure if there is an ideal. I think ideal is what suits your body and gamestyle.
What is those guys' body comp though? Somehow, I think the body fat % etc. for them will be quite different than for most on here with the same height and weight.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I thought it was a young Jersey Janovitch. Before injuries.
Imagine a Ferrer dude at 6'8". He'd be easily 230 lbs., with huge calves and wide shoulder's. Like Lebron James, but in tennis.
Me, with my rather inconsistent baseline game and weak mind, I wish I was 6'6" instead of 5'10".
 

WildVolley

Legend
I thought it was a young Jersey Janovitch. Before injuries.
Imagine a Ferrer dude at 6'8". He'd be easily 230 lbs., with huge calves and wide shoulder's. Like Lebron James, but in tennis.
Me, with my rather inconsistent baseline game and weak mind, I wish I was 6'6" instead of 5'10".
Janowicz always seemed to be a good mover to me, but I don't have any empirical evidence to back up what I was seeing on court. He was the only 6'8" player out there who, imo, moves like a 6'2" guy. I was actually surprised to learn how tall he was because he doesn't seem gangly or awkward in his movement.

I don't know that Janowicz's height is what has held him back in tennis. I think that he tends to hit too flat, and his serve toss is much too high. I once watched him miss something like 20 serves in a row on the practice courts.
 

Minion

Hall of Fame
I'm 6'3, 183lbs, but most of the guys I play with are about the same. That's a very common height / weight where I am.
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
I believe I read somewhere that at about 6'1" it becomes possible to serve down on the ball - flat, and get it in over the net. So based off that and the fact that arguable the serve and return of serve are the most important and second most important shots in the game, I think that a player height of 6'1" to 6'3" is the ideal or prototypically tennis player height.

Add to that strength without compromising movement, and of course mad skills/touch like the Fed.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
183 cm (6'0)
Used to be 83-85 kg (183-187 lbs)
Dropped to 72.5 kg (159.5 lbs), all of it in fat since I was also gaining muscle
Stronger and faster than I ever was

I know a lot of the pros in my height range are heavier (IIRC, Fedal are 6'1 and weigh 187 lbs), but BMI for Asians is a little different.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
What is those guys' body comp though? Somehow, I think the body fat % etc. for them will be quite different than for most on here with the same height and weight.
Agut is a lean dude. I walked past him in wimbledon and you could see every vain on him and this was before practice.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
I believe I read somewhere that at about 6'1" it becomes possible to serve down on the ball - flat, and get it in over the net. So based off that and the fact that arguable the serve and return of serve are the most important and second most important shots in the game, I think that a player height of 6'1" to 6'3" is the ideal or prototypically tennis player height.

Add to that strength without compromising movement, and of course mad skills/touch like the Fed.
It is actually 2 metres in height I heard.
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
2 Meters would be also be about 6'6", which may be the correct height if static (i.e. not jumping/using legs).

I think that 6'1 to 6'3" with the jump and arm length, is high enough for most people to hit down on the ball and get it without spin consistently.
 

NuBas

Legend
If you're talking about the professional, elite level then the weights will be much more on the leaner side. Why don't you search height weight charts?

I don't think those weights are far off from what you'd see with tennis players. It also depends on the players frame and keep in mind muscles weigh more than fat so even if they look lean they could still weigh a lot more than you expect.

I could see 150-175 @ 5'8", 170-200 for 6'0" and maybe a little more for 6'4"
 
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Deleted member 716271

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I'd say the ideal tennis player would be 6'2 180. Anything from 6'1 to 6'3 and 170-190 for a broader range
 
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Deleted member 716271

Guest
Nowadays 6 feet is near ideal for any sport but I think in tennis there isn't really an ideal height like there may be in Basketball.
I think there is. Federer Nadal Sampras all 6'1...Novak 6'2.
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
The problems is the serve. Imagine if Nishi had a killer serve? I feel like he changes direction on his feet even better than Djokovic.
 

BMC9670

Hall of Fame
My friends and I were discussing this-- tennis players don't want to be tiny like distance runners, because they have to make a lot of quick movements, but don't want to be too big because they have longer matches and have to make quick adjustments.
Let me know if you have found a way to decide if one wants to be tiny or big. ;)
 

shindemac

Hall of Fame
Honestly I think the better athletes tennis gets the more we will start seeing 6'3" plus guys in the game. There's a ton of guys that size out there that are plenty mobile, but tennis doesn't get most of them because they end up playing basketball, soccer, or football.

Watch the NBA for a year and guys like Curry, Lillard, and Westbrook will convince you
Yes, I've been saying that. I just laugh when people think I'm fast or don't believe me, since there's a lot faster guys that I've encountered while ballin'. I think a lot of folks are not athletic, and they don't play other sports so they have nothing to compare against. Guys like DRose are so athletic and fast, and yea, tennis doesn't get that really. Look at Usain Bolt vs a runningback in the NFL. Bolt makes him look like a joke.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...to-advance-as-usain-bolt-wins-100-meter-heat/
 
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