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15 year old..any hope?

sharpshot
06-23-2005, 11:21 PM
Hey, My names Nick Drapeau, IM 15 almost 16 in october and i live in Trenton Ontario Canada. its about 2 hours from toronto.
Ive been playing tennis absoloutly whenever i can and i cant stop loving the game. theres almost nobody around me that wants to play Besides my friend whos a little over weight and cant hit a ball. I have a pretty good serve considering how long ive been playing "4 months" and can return most balls. I just LOVE the feel of getting on the court and hitting that ball clean across the net on a wonderful serve or perfect return.

my question is...and can you guys please be 100% honest with me, do i have any chance to play in big leagues like i see on tv, Like the grandslams or even anything smaller i just want to play the game at a greater level...make somthing from it. i dont even care about the money just..the feeling of being watched by people and playing the best damn sport there could be.
Im moving soon to a place called north bay and am going to start hitting the gym and joining a tennis club thats in the "ontario tennis assosiation" they have like a tournament every 2 weeks i cant wait to be part of some sort of league play im so exited, im even getting lessons paid for but... will anything ever develop from it? am i just too old to be pro or even a little less..

another question i have is I baught a tennis racket about 3 months ago its a white with 2 black stripe type things on it. Wilson hammer. it was around 120 or somthing.
Im almost ready to go buy a wilson ncode nsix-one tour 90 Racquet..it looks so amezing but im not even sure if its worth the money because of its hefty price...gunna get a red wilson bag too. i love the look of those things. shoudl i buy the tennis racket and bag?

Im not sure if the racket would fit me..hell the one i have now the handle seems so big and got a rubber grip tape. its also "oversize" whatever that means.
my physical attributes are..
120 pounds, small built, small arms, very fast reflexes and 1 handed back hand. im right handed.

thanks for absoloutly any help anyone can give me...and im new to the online tennis community so hopefully i can get more active around here. talk to you guys later.
thanks!

~Nick

azza
06-24-2005, 12:14 AM
No.

cdpoulin
06-24-2005, 03:04 AM
Hum well I honestly don't think so. But we never know. Look at like Fred Niemeyer from Canada, his career started at like 27! The most important thing for you if you wanna start right is to get coached by good people, get the proper technique and then you can start playing a lot...This way your basis will be good and you will only be able to build on it! Get also a decent hitting partner, if possible better than u!

As for the n-code, I have that racket right now actually. I find it incredible, the only less fun aspect is that it tends to break a string pretty easily. Im like in the play 5 hours, break one mode right now, which might make the cost of the racket go up! But you are sarting, i don't expcet the same to happen to u!

Anyways, good to see you really got into the game, as much as u seem to want to be a pro, having a passion is actually the best thing! Keep us informed!

Melvins
06-24-2005, 01:27 PM
In ATP, I don't think so. With 10 is later, with 15... :rolleyes: but we don't know, you will can make something in national and maybe in futures. ;)

Good luck and send us information.

sharpshot
06-24-2005, 04:48 PM
heh thanks, i didnt mean pro pro like Federer or aggasi..you know not that big i ment like, are there people who started playin around my age in like nationals or even provincal, and yea i really love it =) im getting some good coaching in about 14 days :P yea i have it counted down. joining local Tournaments and going to a tennis camp on jul 18th..cant wait :)

El Legenda
07-03-2005, 10:17 AM
No, i dont think so, sorry. My coach told me that by the age of 5 they can already determine whether a child can be a pro or not...

right.

Ljubicic started playing at age 9...

Rex
07-03-2005, 08:12 PM
i started when i was 10, i think that even 10 is pretty late , but i m still gonna try at the pro level, just try, if not i want to become a coach. I know you probably love the game so much, yeah everyone does, but if you want to get to that standard even future tournamnets, you play everyday. You cant just play competetively with your coach but you need to get ona practice court and practice. Like my dad feeds me ball after ball, while i get get coaching froman academy coach teaching me the technique. Plz remeber to practice, always practice, it will help you so much in the long run.

ps. if you want to go pro, you need to make sure that you are in good shape, start eating better, and work-out on a daily basis.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
07-04-2005, 07:32 AM
I'm 14 now and started when I was 4, I actualy have a coach and he told me that if I work hard I could play futures or maybe challengers but I don't even know when.....

justjord
07-17-2005, 10:59 PM
Hi
I say go for it, and be the best that you can be. If you become a pro, great, if not, have a great time playing, doing something that you love to do. :)

binkygirl
08-09-2005, 05:55 AM
I know that Josh Goffi and a French futures player named Truez never started serious tennis training until they were 15. The biggest thing that matters is training and it costs serious cash. You need to be at an academy where you split your days between school and tennis. If you can't, you could do it at home, say for instance go to school for a few hours and then in the afternoon, work for four hours with a personal coach.

CooCooCachoo
08-11-2005, 06:24 PM
It is not impossible, but it will be extremely tough. You need to be very talented in order to be successful.

I can't tell from your post if you are talented or not ;)

andrada
08-13-2005, 03:17 PM
it's late,i am 15 and i play tennis for 10 years.it's very late.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-14-2005, 07:58 PM
Hey dudes,

I start to train again on friday, I cracked up my shoulder by returning a 137 mph serve:sad: And I cracked it up while serving too:sad: It's seem to be ok now, but I'm afraid to go for the shot, because I feel a bit pain.... It's sad cause I have a tournament up next week, it's a national one. If I play good there, who knows, but I can't say what to do, to rest or to train? The doctor said I should try but stop if it's getting worse.....
I feel like playing, but not to hard, but I would be sad if I couldn't play the tournament.... next week we play under a big ballon, I love it:yeah:

adee-gee
09-20-2005, 04:23 PM
Federer_Express I hope to see you at Wimbledon one day :yeah:

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-21-2005, 09:16 PM
Federer_Express I hope to see you at Wimbledon one day :yeah:

:haha: won't happen, I hate grass:scared: I'm a claycourter:lol:

adee-gee
09-24-2005, 08:12 PM
:haha: won't happen, I hate grass:scared: I'm a claycourter:lol:

I'll see you lose in R1 then. Unless you decide to skip the event like most claycourters :rolleyes:

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-26-2005, 09:01 AM
:lol:

-*Mars*-
09-26-2005, 12:35 PM
Hey sharpshot! i know what you mean! :) i'm like 14 and i started to play a few month ago...i really like tennis and all but i'm not amazing at it i can hit balls back and all and my serve is not that bad but...i dont even consider becoming a pro! but that's just me. if becoming good at tennis is somethink YOU want and your willing to work hard for it, i say go for it! ;) i mean you never know, you might have talent! mabe you won't win wimbledon but you can still be good.

baubaby
01-30-2006, 05:05 AM
Too late for ATP but not too late to get a college scholarship. Play as many matches as you can locally and expect to lose a lot at first. If you love the game as much as you say you do you'll progress quickly. 90% of all juniors didn't choose to play tennis on their own(tennis parents) and as they hit your age they tail off on their training. If you put in 3-4 years you can catch up and get a scholarship somewhere. Work on things you can use in a real match like first/second serve, movement, return of serve and hitting with topspin......Forget about slicing, lobbing, and drop shots...Practice with the best kids that will hit with you(girls included).....Play as many matches as you can entering as big a tournament you can get into..Remember it may take a while so be really patient...Good luck..

Pigpen Stinks
01-30-2006, 05:01 PM
Realistically, it will be difficult for you, Sharpshot. To be a world class player you would need to train at an academy, like binkygirl said. Taking nothing away from your wonderful country, Canada doesn't have the competition to churn out pro-level players. There have been a few, but you would probably have to go somewhere like Florida to get the proper coaching and competition. Look at Andy Murray. He's from Scotland but had to do his training in Spain. Similarly Bagdhatis is from Cyprus but had to do his training in France.

As mentioned, this would be an extrememly costly endeavour. Second, you have to have a certain degree of athleticism. Most people could put in all the training, have the best coaching, best competition, etc, and never come close to being a world class player because they just don't have the physical tools. Can't tell you whether you do or not, but the odds are you don't.

As others have said, enjoy the game and see where you can get to. You seem to have a good attitude and that's a critical ingredient for improvement. Try to seek out the best competition and practice, practice, practice.

zicofirol
02-06-2006, 05:13 AM
I remember Macenroe mentioning a top player that didnt start playing till he was 16, I think it was Stich, but I dont remember exactly who he said, so dont hold me to that name. I know he mentioned someone cause I was impressed by that fact and 2 others in the room also heard it.

Basically if you have talent and practice hard with coach and are able to play in college for 4 years, you could get to play in futures, and if youre really good, maybe even challengers. It really depends on talent level and commitment to playing tennis. There is plenty of college players that could be playing futures and challengers but dont want to because they actually want to make a living...

You are sort of late by about 4-5 years but if youre committed, train hard now try and get in college and youll see after that your own level.

binkygirl
02-07-2006, 02:58 AM
I think he said that Stich didn't solely focus on tennis till he was 16, but had played before then. To me, that means that he probably played the junior circuit, but also made time to play organized soccer.

The top 100 in tennis make a nice living, but think about what a small group of people of that is. You can be an average CPA or attorney and make the same as what the number 70th player in the world makes.

physics
02-09-2006, 03:25 PM
99% of the time, 15,16,17,18 is too young to play with the big dogs. The pros that play challengers and futures with rankings in the 200s-300s are pretty darn good. I don't think too many juniors have a shot.

However, if you train well for the next few years maybe you'll have a shot to compete with the pros in futures and challengers. You'd have to be an amazing player to play the main events at such a young age.

physics
02-09-2006, 03:29 PM
Take American 16 yeard old Donald Young. There has been a lot of talk about him, but he has yet to prove anything. He's not fit to play with the big dogs yet. He's been getting wildcards in all of his events. He can't earn his spot the hard way, by qualifying. He can't even qualify for a challenger draw. He's gotta win 3 consecutive matches before even playing with the big dogs.

physics
02-09-2006, 03:47 PM
Honeslty, too many youngsters are filled with false hope. Instead of trying to become pro, they should focus on an athletic scholarship, which will be more useful for them in the long run.

binkygirl
02-26-2006, 06:09 PM
Honeslty, too many youngsters are filled with false hope. Instead of trying to become pro, they should focus on an athletic scholarship, which will be more useful for them in the long run.

I agree. Young needs to start battling his way from the Futures and then go to the Challengers. If he can fight his way out out Challengers, then he's tour worthy.

stebs
03-03-2006, 04:03 PM
You can be an average CPA or attorney and make the same as what the number 70th player in the world makes.

You made a good point but this is simply not true.

Take Ivo Minar:

career high singles ranking is 70 and he has only played 32 ATP matches.

He has already made $330,000 in prize money.

binkygirl
03-04-2006, 05:47 AM
You made a good point but this is simply not true.

Take Ivo Minar:

career high singles ranking is 70 and he has only played 32 ATP matches.

He has already made $330,000 in prize money.


That is his total career prize money. He's made $54,000 this year to date. He turned pro in 2002. Divide the total amount by four years and that is a bit over 83k a year. Plane tickets nor tennis training is cheap. Let's say that costs about 30k a year total. 83k minus 30k is 50k. A CPA or attorney can make that per year or even more.

physics
03-06-2006, 03:26 PM
The only way to make a decent income on the tour is by playing in the main draw of pro events. Players in the top 300 have sponsorships and discounts, but there are still expenses. Playing challengers all the time will not bring in too much money. It's all about playing the on high level and getting the chance to make $10,000's in a week.

Xristos
03-08-2006, 07:44 AM
Im 18 training hard. My coach says if I train hard eat right I can turn pro by 21.

binkygirl
03-09-2006, 07:59 PM
The only way to make a decent income on the tour is by playing in the main draw of pro events. Players in the top 300 have sponsorships and discounts, but there are still expenses. Playing challengers all the time will not bring in too much money. It's all about playing the on high level and getting the chance to make $10,000's in a week.

I agree completely. Challenger level players are barely getting by.

anserq
03-26-2006, 12:14 AM
lol, i wanna bceome pro, im 17 i started a year ago, im so good oh my goodness..

AgassiDomination
03-26-2006, 04:40 AM
:retard:

Heaven and Hell
06-18-2006, 06:42 PM
I have seen people who started at 15 that were in local competitions 2 years later or so....As well, Clarisa Fernandez ex-top 30 on women's side strated when she was 15, so you definitely have a chance. But there are always people like Martin Hingis who only needed a coupel of years to master the game, you may be one of them.

Alonsofz
01-08-2007, 07:30 PM
Marcelo Ríos started to play at 11...

Deathless Mortal
01-09-2007, 03:46 PM
I started to play on Thursday... People told me it was too late... :(

ljubicic_
01-09-2007, 04:01 PM
I started to play on Thursday... People told me it was too late... :(


Don't listen to them, you're still very young so if you want to be a pro you have to train hard, there iss still time for you

Deathless Mortal
01-10-2007, 09:02 AM
Hey, i was just joking... Of course he wouldn't take it for real... I'm 14, and I wanted to start to train, but people told me it's too late for a career, but you said you don't want to play tennis at the top level, so you could try something :)

Blue Heart24
01-10-2007, 11:14 AM
Hey, i was just joking... Of course he wouldn't take it for real... I'm 14, and I wanted to start to train, but people told me it's too late for a career, but you said you don't want to play tennis at the top level, so you could try something :)

It's never too late.
OK,maybe for me to become A Pro yes,but not for you(if you train and have luck)

ljubicic_
01-10-2007, 07:29 PM
It's never too late.
OK,maybe for me to become A Pro yes,but not for you(if you train and have luck)

You are also very young, 21, right? in that case you could play in you're career future tournemens and maybe with some luck you could be in top 200 and play challengers:shrug: but a top 50 player you won't acchieve, if you didn't tennis before!

I am also very young but i don't have the condition to run al the time:tape:

Blue Heart24
01-10-2007, 07:48 PM
You are also very young, 21, right? in that case you could play in you're career future tournemens and maybe with some luck you could be in top 200 and play challengers:shrug: but a top 50 player you won't acchieve, if you didn't tennis before!

I am also very young but i don't have the condition to run al the time:tape:

Maybe :p
For now,i dont take it too seriously but we'll see.
PS.I'm playing tennis one decade :)
Otprilike.

Blue Heart24
01-10-2007, 07:50 PM
I am also very young

Acording to your profile,i think not :sad: :tape: :lol:

ljubicic_
01-10-2007, 08:31 PM
Maybe :p
For now,i dont take it too seriously but we'll see.
PS.I'm playing tennis one decade :)
Otprilike.

why don't you take it serious? you could be the new Tuksar:p

Deathless Mortal
01-11-2007, 11:57 AM
why don't you take it serious? you could be the new Tuksar:p

Hey, why don't you try, many players acchieved their best results at age 86 :D:D:D:D

ljubicic_
01-11-2007, 08:41 PM
Hey, why don't you try, many players acchieved their best results at age 86 :D:D:D:D

the reason why i have 86 in my profile is because the only things what i'm doing if i am not on school, are on the i-net, sleeping, eating and playing with the ps2 with my buddies. i'm not excersising so i have the attidute of a old man;)

Deathless Mortal
01-11-2007, 09:47 PM
the reason why i have 86 in my profile is because the only things what i'm doing if i am not on school, are on the i-net, sleeping, eating and playing with the ps2 with my buddies. i'm not excersising so i have the attidute of a old man;)

:lol: