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Why do tennis player call it quits around age 30

After they cross that mark...its down hill from there...
almost all other sports age 30 is the time when a player is entering his prime...basketball, baseball, football soccer , boxing

could it be that they start so early and burn out at 30...
but most pro players in any sport start out early...there is a player in baseball who is 48..
Jordan played when he was 39-40....


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Individual sports are tougher, you've got no team-members to share the responsibilities with and/or blame for loses, all the spotlights are on you, you travel alone (or joined by a small entourage), if you get injured you lose ranking points and money (unlike footballers, for instance, whose salaries are secured by contracts and whose teams can still make a run to the championship while they're injured).
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The only sports where 30 is "entering" your prime is maybe golf. Most position players in football are washed up at 32, 33; 35 is getting "up there" for a baseball player and certainly is for a basketball player. What makes tennis so bad is that you're playing nearly year-round, multiple games per week, so the body gets much less rest. Add to that the stress playing on hardcourts does to the joints, muscles and bones and you get a recipe for for "old age" at 30.

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The only sports where 30 is "entering" your prime is maybe golf. .
Also marathoning you're just a baby at 30.


I think a lot of it is psychological in regards to tennis. You look at 30 and think "I'm old." The back that always hurt is hurting a bit more. You see the new teen stars take the headlines. Everyone is asking when you will retire. You are about to be married or have kids and want to settle down.

There are those who have retired way past 30. Agassi, Martina Nav, Jimmy Connors. Tim Henman looks like he'll be around for a while. I somehow doubt Federer will retire at 30.
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Re: Why do tennis player call it quits around age 30

Tennis is really hard on your body. At 30 your average players knees or back or shoulder are protesting.
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gotta figure that they've been traveling around the world for the better part of 1/2 their lives . . . aside from dealing with the physical toll of the game they're just pooped! and may even want to do things like have a baby or two and just settle down. I think the big question for these guys and gals is what they do next . . . what is their identity outside of this sport? If their entire identity revolves around being # whatever and they suddenly stop doing that then the transition could be really rough. i.e., if their perception of themselves is measured by how many autographs they sign, etc. I think that professional athletes (and juniors too) should have outside interests that give them pleasure (and even some competence) so their lives are fuller and doesn't completely revolve around THE GAME!
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Re: Why do tennis player call it quits around age 30

Also in Baseball you are standing or sitting around for most of the time... Not so difficult to do...

And in American Football hardly anyone is doing anything for most of the time... only if the commercials give them a few seconds here and there.

You can see I really don't like these two sports... sorry!
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The tennis schedule lends itself alot to this trend. Tennis in itself is psychologically and physically more demanding than many other sports. Psychologically, there's alot of focus and concentration that's needed to maintain good results. Physically, there aren't many other sports that require both upper body and lower body strength, dexterity and use. Add to that the fact that the sport is practically a 12-month season, and it takes its toll. And, as someone else had mentioned, hard courts destroy your body.
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The tennis schedule lends itself alot to this trend. Tennis in itself is psychologically and physically more demanding than many other sports. Psychologically, there's alot of focus and concentration that's needed to maintain good results. Physically, there aren't many other sports that require both upper body and lower body strength, dexterity and use. Add to that the fact that the sport is practically a 12-month season, and it takes its toll. And, as someone else had mentioned, hard courts destroy your body.

We should get rid of hard courts .... Just play on grass & clay .....What about indoor carpet-->>> is that OK on the body
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As was said tennis is an individual sport meaning when the match is on you have to be focused 100% of the time and you can't take 'breathers' and let your team mates make an approach to score the goal/basket.

Add to this the fact that there is no set time for a tennis match unlike the other sports- you can be on court for one and a half hours or five hours. Plus tennis is constant stop and go action- and this is what really wears the joints and limbs down. You need to have this explosiveness only to stop it immediately, turn change direction and explode again.
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Maybe Henman can break this trend.

Lee and Gicquel are having career best years at the ages of 30 and 29 respectively.

Also Ljubicic, Stepanek, Blake and Gonzalez all seem to be peaking in their late 20s.
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We should get rid of hard courts .... Just play on grass & clay .....What about indoor carpet-->>> is that OK on the body

I think so too! The term "hard court specialist" does not exist. Its basically inbetween clay and grass and should only be used for the masters cup to be fair.

Other sports can be learned easily but tennis is a slower build up. Once u have the tactics, technique and fitness and footwork, ur only starting and thats around age 16 MIN.

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I think so too! The term "hard court specialist" does not exist. Its basically inbetween clay and grass and should only be used for the masters cup to be fair.
There are loads of players who specialise on hard and carpet courtsand are weak on both clay and grass. Ljubicic, Blake, Haas, Hrbaty, Safin etc.. These players would all be considered weak on both clay and grass. It's not just about the court speed. There are some important similarities between grass and clay, which some players just cannot cope with.

But I would agree that the number of hard court events should be reduced. We need more major grass tournaments at Masters Series and International Series level.
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There are loads of players who specialise on hard and carpet courtsand are weak on both clay and grass. Ljubicic, Blake, Haas, Hrbaty, Safin etc.. These players would all be considered weak on both clay and grass. It's not just about the court speed. There are some important similarities between grass and clay, which some players just cannot cope with.

But I would agree that the number of hard court events should be reduced. We need more major grass tournaments at Masters Series and International Series level.

You have a point...And there are different types of har courts as well but in general, you see more difference between the game on clay and grass. Eventhough there are "hard court specialists" they can be baseliners, good at the volley or have a varied game. Eg. Roddick is great on hard courts but he just cant volley.

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After they cross that mark...its down hill from there...
almost all other sports age 30 is the time when a player is entering his prime...basketball, baseball, football soccer , boxing

could it be that they start so early and burn out at 30...
but most pro players in any sport start out early...there is a player in baseball who is 48..
Jordan played when he was 39-40....

You sort of answer your own question right there.

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