You go, Johnny!
MariaV, one of the few people on the planet (literally) who has always believed
Originally Posted by safin-rules-no.1
Xristos has actually already retired, iirc.
But even he will tell you he didn't have the same passion as I.
Originally Posted by Unforced Terror
What about being a hitting partner?
I have no interest in being the next Thomas Drouet.
If I am good enough to be a hitting partner, I'm good enough to play on the tour.
Originally Posted by Deathless Mortal
I'm not gonna tell you how to raise your kids, but what exactly example would you be giving them by answering "I didn't make it because I wasn't good enough, but kept wasting my life on it."?
It's one thing to tell your kids to chase their dreams, but teaching them to be realistic is also very important, don't you think?
Not many succeed in tennis and there's no shame in not making it when you know you gave your best.
I'm sorry mate, but the way you're going, you're bound to have a painful reality check when you reach 40 and realize you can't keep playing for 10 more years hoping that something will drastically change and you'll become a regular ATP level player.
Well I have several bones to pick with this post.
1. I am not wasting my life on it. Not going for it would be wasting my life.
2. This "be realistic" phrase that I hate. Realism is relative. Was it "realistic" to get to the moon? Was it "realistic" to climb Everest? Was it "realistic" to sail west from Europe and find land?
3. As for the drastic reality check, etc., well, we gonna see, won't we?
post some videos of yours and I'll tell you what to change.
I'm starting to take to heart this journey to the breakthrough
I am David Ferrer size, great speed around the court, very strong forehand, very solid and powerful one handed backhand. My net game can improve, and my serve can improve, also my return of serve.
Careful now, or he'll tell you to go f**k yourself
like he did me when I questioned his claim that he was as fit as Djokovic.
I agree with you though, reality checks are unpleasant but they can salvage your future.
Nevertheless, who am I to stand in between a man and his dreams? I still dream I will act with Pacino and Deniro in a gangster film.
Good luck to Johnny Groove, and I hope he makes it
Now, now, this is not entirely accurate. Yes I did tell you to fuck off, but I never claimed I was as fit as Djokovic.
Thanks for the support, regardless, even if you are being sarcastic.
OP is U.S. 4.0-4.5 level which is closer to beginner than it is to ATP #1000.
This is not even a delusional individual with big dreams. It's just a 2+ year troll attempt.
<runs back to the tennis only forums>
Well, we gonna see.
wasn't Lorenzi a U.S. 4.0-4.5 level just a few years ago too? JG has set a long term goal, it's up to him to make it happen (and I think it is provided he receive some form of coaching)
I have already had 7 months of coaching, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, so I know how to play. The problem has always been overcoming injuries, having money to play events, and my serve, specifically my toss height.
^No, he was a pro. Not a top pro, but still 6.0 or 6.5 (7.0 is top 150-200)
I'm a 4.0 and 18- can likely be 4.5 by end of college- and I have 0 hope of ever being a pro- but I won't tell JG what to do or not
Well we have different goals in life, that is fine.
Johnny should retire for his fans.
Its so hard to be an ATP pro. You just need money. Probably 1/500 pro's are rags to riches stories. Most players have parents who make 100,000-1,000,000$. Tennis is a rich mans sport.
Maybe if you got enough funding for a coach or personal fitness trainer it would be easier. Idk, don't want to crush your dreams boss, but back problems, plus lack of funding, does not bode too well for a tennis players success.
You are right, tennis is a rich man's sport, and it is 1/1000000000 or even more that I will make it. But there is always a chance. I've already had a coach, and I am my own personal fitness trainer. I know it is the longest of shots, but where there is a will, there is a way, and I know I will make it.
Hey Johnny, was just reading some of your updates. You've picked a hard road for yourself, but I admire how committed you are to go after your dreams and how hard you seem to be working at it. It's important not to get discouraged, regardless of what your goals are in life. Howmanytimes is right to point out that its important to think about cultivating skills that will make you employable and starting to think about securing your financial future early on, but I know you know that, and you don't need us to sit here on MTF and discourage you. I will say that as a comparable, I gave up on being a musician to finish my medical training now after taking a couple years off to record and tour. The life was hard and I know going forward I'll be much more secure financially and the time was right for me but it will definitely always be in the back of my mind that maybe I could have done something more with it. Anyways, to avoid rambling too much, just wanted to say I understand where you're coming from and wish you luck, keep up the hard work man.
I've always felt you were one of the better posters on here and this post confirmed it. Your bolded part is especially true, and the biggest thing I want to avoid. I would not be able to live with myself, I would be tortured mentally with such a thought in the back of my mind.
If you don't mind, what was the reason you stopped recording and touring? Did you lose the passion for it at all?