Hi all, new here: My tennis story + I need your help/suggestions.
Hi all, I'm 24 and an avid tennis player from the Philippines. Joined the forums for when I get bored as **** at work and to get all possible tennis info/help there is as I'm trying to make a late run for the pros.
In case you're interested, this is my tennis story:
I started at the age of 6, played casually till the age of 13, loved it so much that I asked my dad to hire the best possible coach so that I could take my game to a whole new level. I trained everyday for a good 4 years, became a successful varsity captain and played very well for my school, but not so successful as a national junior. I could beat a lot of people in practice but not in tournaments (I'm sure a lot of you can relate). Highest ranking was top 20 in the country for 16-under (out of about 200-300 regular juniors ((small tennis country)).
At 17, my dad suffered a massive heart attack and the family business went to pits and we went broke (pardon the sappy story but thought it had to be included). I had to continue my studies and at the same time, jump start the business as my dad was in recovery. Tennis had to go. For the next 5 years, tennis became a once a week/once in two week thing as I had to put all my time in supporting the family and going to college.
Just before I hit 23 , my dad had had one more heart attack and successful surgery, and the business has been doing excellent and looks to be set for the longterm(knock on wood). I was done with school and working full time. Tennis continued to be a once a week thing which I still loved with all my heart. Then I was ready for more.
I'm now 24, and I've been working on my game for a good year now, increased tennis to 2x a week, then 3, then 4, then 5, while getting in serious shape. Game is getting a lot better and my fitness is improving. Problem is that I don't have much match play (getting to that). I recently played the #28 in the country, lost convincingly 6-2 6-3 (a dominating 6-2 6-3). So that it's clearer, the #1 in the country is Cecille Mamiit who once reached the top 70 and is currently 200 level I believe. The #2 is around 800 in the world. So that tells you what the #28 would be like.
Here's my question: Is making it to the pros at 24 going 25 possible???
These are my goals so that you can answer better:
-Qualify for the Asian Games in 2010
Even if I get to 700 in the world, I feel like that could be an achievement. I'm not doing it for the money (fortunately that's taken care of). I just want to do it because it's what I've wanted to do since forever.
What do you think my ceiling is???
Appreciate all the info I can get. Hope I can contribute well to this forum.