Step by step to become the world number one?...

Vegito

Hall of Fame
If you have to give a guy-kid some tips/instruction he has to follow to become in the future the world number one. Which would be those instructions? Guessing economy is not an issue. If this guy follow all the tips strictly; he had big chances of being number one; or at least surely become a professional tennis player?
 
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heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
You have to be touched by God to be #1. Including brief #1s like like Rios. Some people are also gifted with strong minds as evidenced by todays Novak/Murray match.
You train a hopeful to maximize their potential.
 

Limpinhitter

G.O.A.T.
- Be blessed with rare athletic talent, speed, timing, balance and eye hand coordination.
- Start an an early age.
- Obtain great coaching from the beginning.
- Complete devotion to tennis at the expense of a normal life.
- Be blessed with good health.
- A little luck.
 
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Step 1-4
1. win Aus
2. win Fr
3. win W
4. win US
 

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Vegito

Hall of Fame
- Be blessed with rare athletic talent, speed, timing, balance and eye hand coordination.
- Start an an early age.
- Obtain great coaching from the beginning.
- Complete devotion to tennis at the expense of a normal life.
- Be blessed with good health.
- A little luck.
Interesting.
 

LGQ7

Hall of Fame
chances of being number one
Seriously, my advice is to watch Highlander. "There can be only one!"

Professional sports is very much gladiatorial. It's not like baking a cake. Like you give me the recipe and I can make an identical cake, so identical that if you make one cake, and I use your recipe and make another cake, and we have a blind taste test, you cannot tell the difference.

A good example is in boxing. Marvis Frazier, son on Joe Frazier. He's trained by his father, with all of his father's experience. But Marvis Frazier lost to Larry Holmes, who is a contemporary of his father. There's no guarantees in boxing. There's no "recipe" for success. Just like in Mad Max, "Two men enter, one man leaves."

"In the end, there can be only one!".

There's "The Quick and . . . the Dead". Whistling to Sharon Stone's movie.
 

Slash007

Rookie
By this day and age... You will need team ( obsessive manager- usually a parent, stroke coach, mental coach, strategy coach, nutrition specialist, gym coach, partners and peers) also you would need at the very least 10000 hours of practice and actual tournament experience.

You would also need focus and a reason.

And finally one's potential is limited... Most people will not reach a level over 4.5 even with all the help and time.

But talent is not enough, the level has become that high.

A good number of pros cannot reach their full potential because they cannot afford the support .

Also a maniac competitive mindset and a utter disgust for the even possibility of losing.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
If you have to give a guy-kid some tips/instruction he has to follow to become in the future the world number one. Which would be those instructions? Guessing economy is not an issue. If this guy follow all the tips strictly; he had big chances of being number one; or at least surely become a professional tennis player?
Step #1 is to carefully pick your biological parents. Genetics is a huge factor. A decent parental income is another. My choice would be to have Andre and Steffi as parents. Even then, their kids might not become #1. Chances are the expectations would be too great and their offspring would chose to excel in a different sport. Even if their kidz decided to pursue tennis, there is still not guarantee that they will be top 20, much less #1.

Case in point: Holden Seguso, son of former pros, Carling Basset and Robert Seguso. Holden played at a very decent level in juniors and at a collegiate level (UCLA Bruins). Despite his obvious talent and pedigree, I don't believe that Holden will ever make it in the pros, much less #1.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Step #1 is to carefully pick your biological parents. Genetics is a huge factor. A decent parental income is another. My choice would be to have Andre and Steffi as parents. Even then, their kids might not become #1. Chances are the expectations would be too great and their offspring would chose to excel in a different sport. Even if their kidz decided to pursue tennis, there is still no guarantee that they will be top 20, much less #1.

Case in point: Holden Seguso, son of former pros, Carling Basset and Robert Seguso. Holden played at a very decent level in juniors and at a collegiate level (UCLA Bruins). Despite his obvious talent and pedigree, I don't believe that Holden will ever make it in the pros, much less #1.
Update: Holden reached top 1000 around 2009/2010. Won some qualifying matches but I don't believe that he earned any ATP points in a main draw.
 
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GuyClinch

Legend
Have wealthy world class athletes for parents and have a kid with an irrational love for tennis instead of more popular team sports. it hasn't happened yet - but that would be the recipe...
 
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