Would you rather win your only Major title early in your career or later on?

Would you rather win your only Major title early in your career or later on?

  • Early

    Votes: 15 36.6%
  • Late

    Votes: 26 63.4%

  • Total voters
    41

FrontHeadlock

Hall of Fame
Examples of guys who won early and never again are Roddick, Chang and DelPotro.

Examples of guys who won later are Gomez, Muster, Korda.

Personally I'd much rather win later after struggling and paying my dues. There's something nice about winning a Major as the culmination of one's career.

I suppose the benefit to winning early might be more overall endorsement dollars, but mentally I think it's tougher to start on a high and then never feel like you can live up to that level. Someone like Chang for example probably savored his RG win a lot less than someone like Muster.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Semi-Pro
Examples of guys who won early and never again are Roddick, Chang and DelPotro.

Examples of guys who won later are Gomez, Muster, Korda.

Personally I'd much rather win later after struggling and paying my dues. There's something nice about winning a Major as the culmination of one's career.

I suppose the benefit to winning early might be more overall endorsement dollars, but mentally I think it's tougher to start on a high and then never feel like you can live up to that level. Someone like Chang for example probably savored his RG win a lot less than someone like Muster.
Early to create del potro alike hype and what-if scenarios.
 

citybert

Hall of Fame
Win early, get nice endorsement contracts early and secure your family’s financial future. If you win late, you might not get the same impact on endorsements.
sharapova is proof. she said she was an 18 yr old wimbledon winner when she was probably 20/21 even those 2 yrs made a difference. but it was smart and she benefited a ton. Add to that she held off on signing any major deal until she got even more klout
 

Cupcake

Rookie
Later. If I won one early, I'd keep being disappointed to not win another. And I might not realize how lucky it was to win any.

I remember how happy Goran was when he won Wimbledon. I was happy for him too. Same for Muster and Korda.

As for Roddick and Chang. In my mind neither ever really measured up after such a 'promising start'.
 

topher

Professional
I’m an American. If I won a slam young in this age of American mediocrity, I could be leading the tour in endorsements while I phoned it in for at least a decade. h/t to Roddick
 

FrontHeadlock

Hall of Fame
I’m an American. If I won a slam young in this age of American mediocrity, I could be leading the tour in endorsements while I phoned it in for at least a decade. h/t to Roddick
How is Sofia Kenin doing with endorsements? And it’s not like she’s ugly or anything. Same with Sloane. Both won Majors and are pretty. I can’t remember seeing them in many endorsement spots.
 

anarosevoli

Rookie
Early, easily. Just for the greatest imaginable feeling in the world, to come back to a slam as former champion: This is even more enjoyable than winning itself because winning is just being afraid to lose until MP converted. Question to me is like asking if you want one or ten slams.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
You'll have a much greater appreciation for it if you win it late.

Look at how much it meant to guys like Fognini or Isner to finally win a Masters title in their 30s. Imagine if those were major titles.
 

Devtennis01

Hall of Fame
Later. If I won one early, I'd keep being disappointed to not win another. And I might not realize how lucky it was to win any.

I remember how happy Goran was when he won Wimbledon. I was happy for him too. Same for Muster and Korda.

As for Roddick and Chang. In my mind neither ever really measured up after such a 'promising start'.
But isn't that more our expectations than theirs? We are saying they never measured up. That's our perspective, but maybe not theirs and maybe not everyone's, right?
They may have been very happy to have won their slam and come to terms with not winning more or not even expected to win more. I don't think guys who work that hard feel entitled to slams.
 

Cortana

Hall of Fame
Legacy-wise earlier. Winning a slam at 20 is a massive achievement.

But psychologically later. You will enjoy it much more if you fought 15+ years for it.
 

Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
I would win it whenever my opponents were peaking and the field was considered to be "strongest", defeating the best players in the world back to back. Would be talked about a lot in the years to come and any multi-Slam champs would be subjected to ridicule for losing to a MUG like myself.
Particularly if I was over 30
 

Nole_King

Semi-Pro
Examples of guys who won early and never again are Roddick, Chang and DelPotro.

Examples of guys who won later are Gomez, Muster, Korda.

Personally I'd much rather win later after struggling and paying my dues. There's something nice about winning a Major as the culmination of one's career.

I suppose the benefit to winning early might be more overall endorsement dollars, but mentally I think it's tougher to start on a high and then never feel like you can live up to that level. Someone like Chang for example probably savored his RG win a lot less than someone like Muster.
Ask what is remembered more. Delpotro or Chang's first GS win or Ivanisevic's only win.
 

BackhandDTL

Hall of Fame
Winning after 17+ years of blood sweat and tears would be truly remarkable.

Beating Davydenko in the WTF final would be a dream come true
 
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