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Futures Qualifying

Xavier7
07-24-2008, 02:58 PM
How good exactly are the players in qualifying draws to futures tournaments. I am a 26 yr old guy of average ability who has only played tennis occasionally in the past just with friends. I have just joined a tennis club and want to start playing seiously. If I worked hard and get some proper coaching how good could I get at my age?

PiggyGotRoasted
07-24-2008, 03:00 PM
Its too hard now

LocoPorElTenis
07-24-2008, 03:05 PM
How good exactly are the players in qualifying draws to futures tournaments. I am a 26 yr old guy of average ability who has only played tennis occasionally in the past just with friends. I have just joined a tennis club and want to start playing seiously. If I worked hard and get some proper coaching how good could I get at my age?

A futures qualifying player will utterly destroy a good regular club player. I suggest you just play for fun and I'm sure you can get the thrill at club tournaments, no point in setting unrealistic expectations imo.

Matchu
07-24-2008, 03:10 PM
Its too hard now

You just crushed that guys dream with four words. To be honest man unless you are willing to travel to Africa and play future qualifying you dont stand a chance but the likelyhood of you actually beating seeded players with world rankings is very low. Unless you have played tournaments seriously at a national level as a youth I cant see how you have any chance at all. One option is if you really want it that bad, go to a country like Cameroon, become one of their top 3 players and get a WC into the main draw into their futures event win one match and receive a world ranking that will get you direct entry into most qualifying future events espically in Africa. Then you can begin your world domination of the tennis scene :haha:

JolánGagó
07-24-2008, 03:11 PM
no chance, get real, have fun.

GuiroNl
07-24-2008, 03:25 PM
A futures qualifying player will utterly destroy a good regular club player

Agreed.

Xavier7
07-24-2008, 03:31 PM
You just crushed that guys dream with four words. To be honest man unless you are willing to travel to Africa and play future qualifying you dont stand a chance but the likelyhood of you actually beating seeded players with world rankings is very low. Unless you have played tournaments seriously at a national level as a youth I cant see how you have any chance at all. One option is if you really want it that bad, go to a country like Cameroon, become one of their top 3 players and get a WC into the main draw into their futures event win one match and receive a world ranking that will get you direct entry into most qualifying future events espically in Africa. Then you can begin your world domination of the tennis scene :haha:

http://stevegtennis.com/results/2007/f-cameroon1.txt
lol. They can't even get 32 players there to fill the main draw.
I wouldn't mind going there if I had the money. :D
I need to work hard on improving for a couple of years first though I guess, and I have a couple of business ventures going at the moment. :cool:
Seriously though I don't have delusions of grandeur. I'd just like to try it out and I'd be thrilled if I could win a couple of matches around futures qualifying level.

JustJames
07-24-2008, 03:36 PM
The standard at Future's qualifying can often range from a player who has forgotten to enter the main draw and must therefore go through qualifying [so a player with a ranking of 300-800], to players with one or two [or several] ranking points who weren't ranked high enough to gain direct entry [their ranking varies on how strong the tournament is] to players who enter the odd local Futures tournament [although often guys with LTA, or equivalent, ratings of 2.1, 3.1 - i.e still very good players]. You could enter and hope to get lucky and meet a player who has entered simply for the fun of it but the liklihood is that you could meet a guy who perhaps doesn't have any ranking points but is of a county, national standard. If you are still interested in entering a tournament as to gain a gauge on the standard [and why not, it would be a good experience as long as you don't get disheartened if you get beat comprehensively] you must first register at www.itftennis.com/ipin and gain an IPIN, once you have this you can simply turn up on the opening day of a Futures tournament's qualifying and enter there and then [online entry is only available for those who already have a ranking point].

All I will say to you, as in my personal point of view,is that if you want to get the most out of the experience I would wait until you are perhaps a player of first team standard at your club and/or have an LTA rating of 4.2 as therefore you will have a certain degree of competence and at the very least be able to competently warm up with the average Futures qualifying player! Also, I would strongly recommend trying your hand at some local LTA sanctioned tournaments first to get some good matchplay and to see which standard you are at. Regardless though, don't be put off by what people on here say and aim for the skies! :yeah:

Burrow
07-24-2008, 03:52 PM
If you end up playing qualifying for a futures event, it will probably put you off playing another one for life.

Alonsofz
07-24-2008, 05:40 PM
It depends... where do you want to play a qualy?

Xristos
07-24-2008, 05:51 PM
Regardless though, don't be put off by what people on here say and aim for the skies! :yeah:

Ohh, how ironic.

Fee
07-24-2008, 05:58 PM
How good exactly are the players in qualifying draws to futures tournaments. I am a 26 yr old guy of average ability who has only played tennis occasionally in the past just with friends. I have just joined a tennis club and want to start playing seiously. If I worked hard and get some proper coaching how good could I get at my age?

What is your definition of 'hard work'? Are you willing to hit the gym for at least an hour a day and be on the courts for 2-3 hours per day? That's pro level training/preparation. I suggest you find a futures tournament somewhere nearby and go watch it to get an idea of the talent level. I would also suggest that you play as many local and club tournaments as you possibly can and once you've beaten everybody within a 50 mile radius (including the 19-21 year olds), then you might be ready to play in a Futures qualy in the UK.

If you never get that good it's no loss, you've still done something healthy and active for yourself.

Smoke944
07-24-2008, 07:04 PM
Depends where you go I guess, but what I do know is that futures qualifying draws in the US will have some guys losing in the first round that you'll NEVER be as good as. Sorry, that's just how it goes. Might be worth trying in some of the obviously weak areas, though.

Nathaliia
07-25-2008, 12:20 AM
Whatever you get, it's always an experience and adventure :). Sometimes you can get in even to challenger Q draw :)

JustJames
07-25-2008, 11:12 AM
Ohh, how ironic.

I should really clear that up: As long as you know that you are putting in 100% day in day out then you shouldn't listen to what anybody on here says. On the other hand you don't train or play tournaments yet say you want to turn pro; I would give you more support if you at least put some effort in.

Xenosys
07-25-2008, 11:29 AM
If you have the time, engage upon a rigorous training schedule of both physical and tennis work to get you into the best possible shape before you enter the qualifiers. Even if your not successful, keep pushing away and you may even be successful when you become eligible for the seniors.