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post #35 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2009, 02:27 PM
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Re: Where are teenagers ?

If you consider Becker, Wilander and Chang who won GS`s at a very young age, they were professionally trained since they were kids and started playing the sport seriously at a very young age. That made it possible for them to challenge guys that were older than they but who had been considerably older when they starded training professionally.
So why doesn´t this work nowadays? Because everybody starts young and plays at some Bollettieri academy or something since 10 years old. Because of this, the level of play has improved substantially, not to mention the physical aspect of the game. Top players today are so much better and stronger than before, that no 17 year old can beat them. Eventually they will, it just takes longer to get there, because the gap between top juniors and top pros is so much wider than 10-20 years ago.
Let´s face it; a 17-year old Becker wouldn´t win Wimbledon today, just as a 17-year old Chang would struggle to make it past the 2nd round at RG.
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