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latest a pro picked up a racket

Rex
11-01-2005, 09:24 PM
i am kinda interested in what was the latest a player has ever first picked up a racket, and still become a respectable pro....

like ages-- in terms of years old.

just curious.....

Effka
11-01-2005, 09:31 PM
Marcelo Rios at 11 yo :shrug:

El Legenda
11-01-2005, 09:34 PM
Ljubicic at 9- only took him 16years to became top 10 player :lol:

thats why he is just coming around. he started late. he is like 21 year old now :p

adee-gee
11-01-2005, 09:35 PM
Sanguinetti at 93 :shrug:

Papakori
11-01-2005, 09:36 PM
Wayne Arthurs, maybe I think he started at something like 13 and didn't get help until 17 :confused: My figures are probably wrong

Papakori
11-01-2005, 09:36 PM
Sanguinetti at 93 :shrug:
:lol:

Saumon
11-01-2005, 09:39 PM
Sanguinetti at 93 :shrug:
:spit:
todd martin was older i think :scratch:

nermo
11-01-2005, 09:42 PM
Sanguinetti at 93 posted by Adee-gee
:lol: :devil:

cartmancop
11-01-2005, 09:53 PM
One of the really good players from the distant past started @ like 12... I remember a commentator mentioning how rare that was but I can't remember the name... maybe Edberg or Wilander or someone like that but I don't remember... it was a long time ago when it was mentioned.

case
11-01-2005, 10:08 PM
I was kinda shocked how young most of the top players did start.

TheMaster
11-01-2005, 10:38 PM
i probably picked up a racquet n started to play when i was 7, but i didn't get serious wit it until i was around 14 maybe. i don't think when one picks up a racquet n plays for the first time matters as much as when the person starts to play seriously.

i remember hearing about a top 50 player starting to really get serious wit tennis at the age of 16. i'm guessing 'serious' means when becoming a pro is your goal, and you are actively working towards that goal.

ae wowww
11-01-2005, 10:39 PM
i am kinda interested in what was the latest a player has ever first picked up a racket, and still become a respectable pro....

like ages-- in terms of years old.

just curious.....

Mate, getting worried that you won't make it? :lol:

Bag it, don't worry... Wayno Arthurs didn't start training til 18, I think he was also 11 when started playing.

jole
11-01-2005, 10:42 PM
Cyril Saulnier started quite late.

Horatio Caine
11-01-2005, 11:14 PM
Sanguinetti at 93 :shrug:

:haha:

Bilbo's grandma at....how old is she Bilbo? She is still kicking several asses out there :yeah:

Domino
11-01-2005, 11:16 PM
Dent started playing at 11, but didn't train to be a player until 13. However, some may not find him to be a respectable player.

Horatio Caine
11-01-2005, 11:20 PM
Dent started playing at 11, but didn't train to be a player until 13. However, some may not find him to be a respectable player.

...with a moustache...no!! :haha:

But any player that makes it to the top of the game is respectable irrespective of their style, especially if they started later than many.

Domino
11-01-2005, 11:24 PM
...with a moustache...no!! :haha:

But any player that makes it to the top of the game is respectable irrespective of their style, especially if they started later than many.

Lol, very true. His late starting could be the reason why his waist is a little bigger than most, but he can be fun to watch when he's playing the net well like he can.

jole
11-01-2005, 11:33 PM
I didn't know Dent started so late. I'm sure having a father like his helped immensely, even with beginning late.

LaTenista
11-02-2005, 12:33 AM
:scratch: I seem to remember a commentator talking about Ginepri not starting tennis until 12.

I think Fish started when he was 10 or 11 but didn't fully commit to it (he was doing basketball and golf too) until he was 17 and living with the Roddicks. :lol:

David Ferrer was 8, that is old by Spanish standards, many of them started at 4 or 5.

I myself didn't take my first lesson until the day before Nadal's 18th birthday. :o

jole
11-02-2005, 12:36 AM
:scratch: I seem to remember a commentator talking about Ginepri not starting tennis until 12.

I think Fish started when he was 10 or 11 but didn't fully commit to it (he was doing basketball and golf too) until he was 17 and living with the Roddicks. :lol:

David Ferrer was 8, that is old by Spanish standards, many of them started at 4 or 5.

I myself didn't take my first lesson until the day before Nadal's 18th birthday. :o

That commentator is wrong about Ginepri. I played against him in a tournament when he was 15, and he had been playing for quite a while already.

Domino
11-02-2005, 12:43 AM
Fish started at 2. There's an article, "the best two-year old in the world" or something like that. He was the topic. So much for that, now.

ReturnWinner
11-02-2005, 12:46 AM
I think Younes at 18 or something like that
sargsian started old too

Domino
11-02-2005, 12:47 AM
I think Younes at 18 or something like that
sargsian started old too

Lol, yeah, Younes was a Janitor at the Bollieterri Tennis Academy. However, he played before 18, but didn't commit until he was 18.

jole
11-02-2005, 12:51 AM
Lol, yeah, Younes was a Janitor at the Bollieterri Tennis Academy. However, he played before 18, but didn't commit until he was 18.

I think he drove a bus to pay for his tuition, also in addition to the janitor work. Good for him, that he made it. :)

RogerRocks
11-02-2005, 12:51 AM
Hewitt played australian rules football until 13 years old, then started to pursue tennis career.........won first atp tourny with 16 years

CooCooCachoo
11-02-2005, 12:52 AM
That commentator is wrong about Ginepri. I played against him in a tournament when he was 15, and he had been playing for quite a while already.

0-6 0-6, I presume?

RogerRocks
11-02-2005, 12:53 AM
living with the Roddicks

:lol: did they share the same bed?

Domino
11-02-2005, 12:55 AM
I think he drove a bus to pay for his tuition, also in addition to the janitor work. Good for him, that he made it. :)

It goes to show you what heart and dedication can get you. I admire him for his stalwart love for the game, it shows in how he appreciates every match.

jole
11-02-2005, 12:55 AM
0-6 0-6, I presume?

2-6 3-6. :p

LaTenista
11-02-2005, 01:02 AM
That commentator is wrong about Ginepri. I played against him in a tournament when he was 15, and he had been playing for quite a while already.

:topic: How old were you then?

jole
11-02-2005, 01:04 AM
:topic: How old were you then?

I was 13 or 14. I can't remember for the life of me when the tournament was seasonally.

Action Jackson
11-02-2005, 05:16 AM
Mecir 15 and made a tour final at 18.

Action Jackson
11-02-2005, 05:17 AM
I think he drove a bus to pay for his tuition, also in addition to the janitor work. Good for him, that he made it. :)

It was very difficult for him especially coming from Morocco, but that gives him a different perspective.

a girl 13
12-03-2005, 05:05 PM
Melle van gemerden (dutch player ,atp 142) were 17 when he begin

niko
12-04-2005, 10:11 AM
I think it doesn't matter when you start it matters how much time you spend on the court how much you dedicate yourself. I started coaching my son at the age of 8 yesterday he turned 10 I basically try to break him in cause if he has to choose between XBox or tennis he'd go with XBox. I take him to the club 3 times a week I can see progress, but once he hits puberty you never know.