Pros with later starts..

I'm pretty sure you need to start a few years before that...like at 6 or 7. There have been a few pros that started when they were 11 or 12, and they're thought of as getting an extremely late start.
 
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TennisandMusic

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Do you know some pro player that started tennis at a later age? 16,17,18 even 19?
There is simply no way. There are pros at that age already, and the juniors who are competing at those ages are light years ahead of anyone who is just starting, and also most people who have been playing their whole lives. I'd say barring a complete miracle it is totally impossible.

Doesn't mean tennis can't be a blast to play though.
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
actually it think there was one who even reached the top 100 recently im pretty sure anthony dupuis of france turned pro and started playing really late
 

35ft6

Legend
There are tons of threads about this. Every story about guys who started playing at age 15 or 16 and became a pro of note has been debunked. Also, you see "playing seriously" a lot. Like Rios started at age 5 but only started playing seriously when he turned 14 or something. Not sure what "playing seriously" means. I had teammates who had been playing their whole lives and played in college and I would never describe them as somebody taking tennis seriously.
 

ChuDat

Professional
You can probably make pro but not like top 100 or even in the 200s. Most likely at the bottom of the ranks, the way bottom.
 

predrag

Professional
from memory...guga only started to be coached in his teen years...can anyone confirm that or am i hallucinating??
From memory, I confirm that you are halucinating.

Guga's father passed away when Guga was 8 (he was actually refereeing a tennis match when he had a heart attack).
Guga's mom then took Guga to family friend Carlos Alves who had a tennis school, and he initially rejected him, because he did not take sucha a small kids.

Regards, Predrag
 

Max G.

Legend
There are tons of threads about this. Every story about guys who started playing at age 15 or 16 and became a pro of note has been debunked. Also, you see "playing seriously" a lot. Like Rios started at age 5 but only started playing seriously when he turned 14 or something. Not sure what "playing seriously" means. I had teammates who had been playing their whole lives and played in college and I would never describe them as somebody taking tennis seriously.
I think it means to the exclusion of other sports, as a profession and not a hobby or one of many things. Like, before they "take tennis seriously" they might be playing a bunch of different sports, whereas when they "take it seriously" is when they decide "OK, tennis is going to be my career, all the others are for fun or to help my fitness in tennis".
 

VictorS.

Professional
This is what I find very interesting about tennis. In football, they had Bob Hayes who came from track & dominated. In basketball, you have Olajuwon who grew up playing soccer & handball. He was definitely the best in basketball at one point. However, it's almost impossible to find a truly elite tennis player that started late.
 

eeytennis

Semi-Pro
This is what I find very interesting about tennis. In football, they had Bob Hayes who came from track & dominated. In basketball, you have Olajuwon who grew up playing soccer & handball. He was definitely the best in basketball at one point. However, it's almost impossible to find a truly elite tennis player that started late.
You are so correct. People underestimate how difficult it is to make it on the pro tour in tennis. You could go to a world-class academy and play tennis 6-7 days a week, and even then your chances are small. Tough sport.

On a side note, didn't Jankovic start when she was 10? I heard from someone that she started later in life.
 

tonyg11

Rookie
This is what I find very interesting about tennis. In football, they had Bob Hayes who came from track & dominated. In basketball, you have Olajuwon who grew up playing soccer & handball. He was definitely the best in basketball at one point. However, it's almost impossible to find a truly elite tennis player that started late.
you can't compare a team sport with an individual sport. Not to mention tennis is one of the most all encompassing sports in terms of skill and mental requirements
 

VictorS.

Professional
you can't compare a team sport with an individual sport. Not to mention tennis is one of the most all encompassing sports in terms of skill and mental requirements
Heck, I believe Donavan Bailey, former world record holder in the 100m, started running track in his mid 20s. Maurice Greene also was a late starter.

I would be interested to see when most elite boxers start boxing. I know De La Hoya & Mayweather were boxing since they were very young.
 

nfor304

Banned
You cant compare sprinting with tennis... tennis is mostly a skills sport where sprinting is all athletic ability, and most of the best are genetically gifted. Arthurs wasnt really a late starter... he was a late bloomer though. He was a high ranked Australian junior and played Futures and challengers from 18-28 before he cracked the top 100
 

JoshDragon

Hall of Fame
Do you know some pro player that started tennis at a later age? 16,17,18 even 19?
Actually, yes. I think I've heard of a player who did start when he was in his late teens and was able to go pro. Unfortunately I can't remember who it was.:(
 
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shadows

Legend
On this subject, does anyone know when Victor Crivoi started? He's now 27 and has only just cracked the top 100 for the first time.
 

nickynu

Semi-Pro
you can't compare a team sport with an individual sport. Not to mention tennis is one of the most all encompassing sports in terms of skill and mental requirements

Please can you get your own avatar instead of copying mine its freaking me out
 

nickynu

Semi-Pro
you can't compare a team sport with an individual sport. Not to mention tennis is one of the most all encompassing sports in terms of skill and mental requirements
Any chance you will get your own avatar instead of copying mine yet tonyg
 

ChanceEncounter

Hall of Fame
you can't compare a team sport with an individual sport. Not to mention tennis is one of the most all encompassing sports in terms of skill and mental requirements
I'll tell you, for a fact, that basketball is just as much a 'skills-based' game that has even more steep requirements on natural athleticism and physical gifts. Just because it's a "team" game doesn't mean this isn't true.
 

Lionheart392

Professional
You are so correct. People underestimate how difficult it is to make it on the pro tour in tennis. You could go to a world-class academy and play tennis 6-7 days a week, and even then your chances are small. Tough sport.

On a side note, didn't Jankovic start when she was 10? I heard from someone that she started later in life.
I heard that too, she had spent most of her time playing the piano and didn't really pick up a racquet until she was 10.
 

Fate Archer

Hall of Fame
I was going to say that.

Btw, didn't Nadal started to play seriously only when he was 12? He played both tennis and soccer when he was a kid.

I don't think it's impossible to be a elite player having a late start, but then, the chances are that much tougher too.
It's way easier when you started early and already have the sport in the veins at a early stage.
 
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