latest a pro picked up a racket - MensTennisForums.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
country flag Rex
Registered User
 
Rex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: The Tennis Courts
Age: 27
Posts: 985
                     
latest a pro picked up a racket

i am kinda interested in what was the latest a player has ever first picked up a racket, and still become a respectable pro....

like ages-- in terms of years old.

just curious.....

Nieminen- The lucky lefty of tennis.
Sampras- The hairy champion of tennis.
Ferrero- The mosquito of tennis.
Srichaphan- The Thai- ger of tennis.
Safin - The of tennis.
Bagdatis- The quotesman of tennis "my coach will watch, i will sleep with my girlfriend"
Kiefer- The naive guy, "yeh, me and seb are good friends"
Santoro- The double handed wizard of tennis.
Lopez- IS my hair right? IS my lipstick right?
Moya- The tatoo and muscles of tennis (although nadal kicks his ass in that department).
Tipsarevic- The tatoo of tennis, competing with moya.
Djokovic- Stole Jiri's surname

Sorry if I left out your favourite, just PM me to let me know-- thanks.
Rex is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:31 PM
Registered User
 
Effka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 740
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Marcelo Rios at 11 yo

You probably have no idea who the guy in my avatar is.
Effka is offline  
post #3 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:34 PM
Not a Registered User
 
El Legenda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: US of A
Posts: 30,181
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Ljubicic at 9- only took him 16years to became top 10 player

thats why he is just coming around. he started late. he is like 21 year old now

El Legenda is offline  
post #4 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:35 PM
_._._._._._
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Age: 32
Posts: 72,524
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Sanguinetti at 93
adee-gee is offline  
post #5 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:36 PM
Registered User
 
Papakori's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Tokyo
Age: 26
Posts: 4,369
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Wayne Arthurs, maybe I think he started at something like 13 and didn't get help until 17 My figures are probably wrong

SweetingNishikoriIsnerBrands
BemelmansBozoljacDarcisRobredo
FucsovicsMalisseSoedaTrevisan
Papakori is offline  
post #6 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:36 PM
Registered User
 
Papakori's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Tokyo
Age: 26
Posts: 4,369
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Quote:
Originally Posted by adee-gee
Sanguinetti at 93

SweetingNishikoriIsnerBrands
BemelmansBozoljacDarcisRobredo
FucsovicsMalisseSoedaTrevisan
Papakori is offline  
post #7 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:39 PM
Registered User
 
Saumon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 26,749
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Quote:
Originally Posted by adee-gee
Sanguinetti at 93

todd martin was older i think

Saumon is offline  
post #8 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:42 PM
Registered User
 
nermo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,977
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Quote:
Sanguinetti at 93 posted by Adee-gee

{O mankind! We created you from
a single (pair) of a male and a female,
and made you into nations and tribes,
that ye may know each other
(not that ye may despise (each other). }

The most honorable call for peace all over the world...
( The Quran)
nermo is offline  
post #9 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 09:53 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 247
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

One of the really good players from the distant past started @ like 12... I remember a commentator mentioning how rare that was but I can't remember the name... maybe Edberg or Wilander or someone like that but I don't remember... it was a long time ago when it was mentioned.
cartmancop is offline  
post #10 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 10:08 PM
Registered User
 
case's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 2,132
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

I was kinda shocked how young most of the top players did start.
case is offline  
post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 10:38 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 18
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

i probably picked up a racquet n started to play when i was 7, but i didn't get serious wit it until i was around 14 maybe. i don't think when one picks up a racquet n plays for the first time matters as much as when the person starts to play seriously.

i remember hearing about a top 50 player starting to really get serious wit tennis at the age of 16. i'm guessing 'serious' means when becoming a pro is your goal, and you are actively working towards that goal.
TheMaster is offline  
post #12 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 10:39 PM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
ae wowww's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Age: 27
Posts: 8,972
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rex
i am kinda interested in what was the latest a player has ever first picked up a racket, and still become a respectable pro....

like ages-- in terms of years old.

just curious.....
Mate, getting worried that you won't make it?

Bag it, don't worry... Wayno Arthurs didn't start training til 18, I think he was also 11 when started playing.

Jim Thomas - Max Mirnyi - Jordan Kerr - Rohan Bopanna - Andy Roddick - Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi - Ilia Bozoljac - Chris Haggard - Jan-Michael Gambill - Donald Young - Nathan Healey - Lleyton Hewitt - Jamie Murray - Olivier Rochus - James Blake - Vince Spadea - Tim Henman - John Isner - Travis Parrott - Paul Goldstein - Tim Henman - Wes Moodie - Arnaud Clement - Michael Russell - Jeff Coetzee

Surbiton Trophy Challenger 1998-2008


Jim Thomas Official Site


Jeff Coetzee Official Site
ae wowww is offline  
post #13 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 10:42 PM
Registered User
 
jole's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 10,759
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Cyril Saulnier started quite late.

Andreev - Cilic - Dolgopolov - De Bakker - Djokovic - Gulbis - Haase - Hrbaty - J Johansson - Kucera - Kuznetsov - Russell - Simon - Sweeting - Thron

Dominika Cibulková
jole is offline  
post #14 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 11:14 PM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 24,604
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Quote:
Originally Posted by adee-gee
Sanguinetti at 93


Bilbo's grandma at....how old is she Bilbo? She is still kicking several asses out there
Horatio Caine is offline  
post #15 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 11:16 PM
Registered User
 
Domino's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Everywhere
Age: 34
Posts: 2,635
                     
Re: latest a pro picked up a racket

Dent started playing at 11, but didn't train to be a player until 13. However, some may not find him to be a respectable player.

Yogurt
Domino 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