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12 year old.. any hope???

Hi!Im Asif and i am 12.I have a very hard,flat serve which is consistent as well as an explosive forehand which i can blast down the line or even crosscourt.My backhand is not as powerful as my forehand but i time it very well and place it well.My volleys are good but my movement and mental strength arent too strong. I just want you guys to be honest and tell me if i have a chance in the pros.I started when i was like 6 or 7.

Ive taken part in a few local tournaments.I ve reached the final in one, semifinal in another.

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Re: 12 year old.. any hope???

Hello Asif. You have plenty of time to improve and turn pro. While 12 may be a bit late if you want to reach the top 10, making a living out of tennis is more than possible.

And I'm not discouraging you. You may very well make it to the top 10 if you have the talent. Just that you'll have to work much harder than others.

Impossible is nothing.
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By the way, having time is not enough. You need to be really special to make it to the top 100.

You, your coaches and people who have seen you play will be able to say if you have the talent or not. I can't tell that from reading your post on a messageboard.

Best of luck, whatever you do.
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Re: 12 year old.. any hope???

I don't know, as far as i know a pakistani never reached the top 100, sho why should you be the first player to achieve that?

It's just my opponion

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I don't know, as far as i know a pakistani never reached the top 100, sho why should you be the first player to achieve that?

It's just my opponion
Have you considered the possibility that few Pakistanis have even attempted to become professional tennis players? I'm guessing that we're dealing with a small sample size.

The history of a country of producing top 100 players is not reason, by itself, for one to give up hope of becoming a good pro. For example, how many top 100 players has Thailand produced? How many has Luxembourg produced? How many has Cyprus produced? It's a good thing that Paradorn Srichaphan, Danai Udomchoke, Giles Muller, and Marcos Baghdatis didn't quit simply because of the track record of their countries of producing top pros.

That said, the odds are stacked against a player from ANY country of becoming a top 100 pro. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't pursue it if you and other knowledgeable people around you think you have talent that is worth developing.
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That's true

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Re: 12 year old.. any hope???

e.g Leading 5-2 against my friend. Blew 2 match pts and ended up losing 7-6(6)

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e.g Leading 5-2 against my friend. Blew 2 match pts and ended up losing 7-6(6)
Thats rough, ive done the same thing. Tennis is 90% mental and 10% physical. I used to get results like that until some good advice came my way and I had to be told over and over. The advice was "its just a game" and "holding back and playing safe will make you lose every match" because I used to play safe and just get the ball into play. If you can get a good coach that will teach you a very good mental game and you work extremely hard everyday then I would say you've got a pretty good chance at playing Davis Cup someday, just based on the state that Pakistan is in now. I'm not saying you will be top 10 or anything but it sounds to me like you lack discipline on the big points. Watch a couple of lleyton hewitt matches and you'll see the most mental tough head in tennis, also if your footwork isnt good watch lleyton hewitt some of the best feet in tennis aswell. Good Luck.
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Re: 12 year old.. any hope???

thanks a lot.

My problem is that i net backhands that would other wise have been winners.Yeah, Ive gotten quite a bit fasteron my feet.Sometimes my shot selection is Sub-Par

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Re: 12 year old.. any hope???

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I don't know, as far as i know a pakistani never reached the top 100, sho why should you be the first player to achieve that?

It's just my opponion
5-6 years ago no one would have imagined a player from Cyprus in top 10

keep training Asif,time will tell if you can succeed or not. Better not regret after a few years that you didnt give it a try

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That will be the last victory of Rafa for quite some time.. With his joke mentality and pathetic game, I hope the disgusting player loses every single match next season. He's disgraceful. He should just retire. He's a joke.
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Also go to the ATP site and look up the number of players Lithuania has at the moment. Then get some inspiration from the next small nation star after Baghdatis - Ricardas Berankis.
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btw, is there a Legg Mason juniors?

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I think you need to go to the tennis academy.
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Re: 12 year old.. any hope???

Well it is hard for someone living in Pakistan to make a living from tennis. One of the best ways would be if you moved elsewhere. However before that you must train as much as you can and if possible be coached by someone who is a good trainer. They can teahc you alot about your technique and you can improve first. Play some more tournaments and maybe if you start winning them you have a good shot. Basically it is hard for people to move away when they are young, but as I said it must be difficult in Pakistan to make a name, so its the best to move away, however hard it may be and get trained in a country like France (where Baghdatis trained). However first you need to prove that you are good enough for such academies to take you in. Something you can only do by training and hard work put in on the tennis court.

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If you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything IMO

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