The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis? - MensTennisForums.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
BAMJ6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,414
                     
The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

I've been following tennis for a while since 1992. Andre of course being my all time favorite. He won a bunch of slams been a legend, grew up watching his image the whole deal. But it wasn't until years after he retired that I took this sports lesson.

Mine was tennis prime and average retirement ages are at 5+ years earlier than other sports. I never had to think about that because Andre's 2 primes were the years other athletes primes were supposed to be, he was effective well into his 30's, and retired at a typical 36 years old. The players from my past that preceded him also were great, effective and retired at similar ages (Mac at 35 and Connors at 41)

It was only after Andre left that it hit me that tennis players peak and retire much earlier than other sports. Players barely hitting 30 or retiring in their late 20's for the average player while in other sports like LeBron, Wade, Howard, Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Amare, Carmelo. And David Wright and Granderson and Pujols in baseball were still effective to all star to HOF players at the same ages as retiring tennis players.

Do posters here understand my thought process?
BAMJ6 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 06:36 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 934
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

Jon Lovitz's Court Calls.
Travod is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 06:48 AM
country flag n8
 
n8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canberra, Australia
Age: 31
Posts: 7,309
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

You've got to start young. I mean, training regularly at 10, 11, 12. You're not much hope if you just had the occasional hit with the folks growing up and decided to get serious at 15.
n8 is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 07:08 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Age: 26
Posts: 318
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

The belief that 'nobody could have seen it coming' is a myth in most cases.
Lurking is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 07:11 AM
Registered User
 
moon language's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: at Tanagra
Posts: 2,399
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

The smallest reduction in explosiveness in tennis can have major ramifications. It's different than other sports where a loss in explosiveness due to age doesn't stand to alter the entire complexion of your game (for example an NBA player can still be effective with their shooting, assists, etc while only their defense and ability to create space off the dribble suffers as they slow down).
moon language is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 11:57 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 11,913
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

there are many different sports : it just depends which sports you're comparing with.

In gymnastics or in swimming, peak and retirement ages are much younger than in tennis.

useless old guy
duong is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 01:37 PM
When You're On The Poster
 
Johnny Groove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Age: 26
Posts: 40,979
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

Anything in life is possible.

If #100 in the world can beat a 2 time champion, and a player outside the top #1000 can beat a top 20 player, both of which have happened very recently, anything can happen.

Follow my Youtube Channel for all my matches
Follow me on IG for the latest news, vids, pics, and memes
Quote:
Originally Posted by Novak Djokovic
Obviously, you play a lot of mind games with yourself, but it is important to always believe that you can play your best, perform your best, and in the end, your convictions are stronger than your doubts.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
If I took the time to respond to every criticism that came across my desk, there would be no time for constructive work.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Humphrey Bogart
The only thing you owe the audience is a good performance
Quote:
Originally Posted by Niccolo Machiavelli
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Johnny Groove is online now  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 02:34 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 11,913
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

if the question is "what I've learnt with time", it's that people talk a lot about "shots" but legs make for quite 50% of modern tennis.

useless old guy
duong is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 02:47 PM
Slacker
 
Time Violation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Mount Sharp
Age: 37
Posts: 14,351
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

Quote:
Originally Posted by BAMJ6 View Post
It was only after Andre left that it hit me that tennis players peak and retire much earlier than other sports. Players barely hitting 30 or retiring in their late 20's for the average player while in other sports like LeBron, Wade, Howard, Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Amare, Carmelo. And David Wright and Granderson and Pujols in baseball were still effective to all star to HOF players at the same ages as retiring tennis players.

Do posters here understand my thought process?
Yup, Gasol making top $ and he's well into his 30s, while here anyone except Fed is being considered washed up after 27 or so

“There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
Time Violation is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
BAMJ6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,414
                     
Re: The biggest sporting fact that you guys took away from being exposed to tennis?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Taejin View Post
Yup, Gasol making top $ and he's well into his 30s, while here anyone except Fed is being considered washed up after 27 or so
My exact point. I never considered 27 as past his prime/over the hill because in the big 4 sports and boxing it's prime age. Agassi when he was 27 I never thought was washed up, just that had a bad year that he needed to respond to. In other sports, any proven good player can have a bad year and not be washed up and come back to be good again.
BAMJ6 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome