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Old 04-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #16
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Of course it will probably be a hindrance but honestly if you're just starting to play you probably won't be able to develop the serve into a real weapon, no matter your height... it's such a difficult shot to master and starting late will only make it more difficult. But you don't have to be a giant to serve well, when I was a junior I had a pretty decent serve and I was like maybe 170 or 175cm back then I think...

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You are most certainly at as disadvantage.

My advice: just go out there to have fun, don't be overambitious.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:58 PM   #17
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at a recreational level where pretty much everyone will have a sucky serve, your height won't matter much.

if you take the time to learn proper service technique you'll quickly compensate for any small disadvantage.

most people who start at that age just pick up the racquet and start swinging with whatever grip feels comfortable. that's fine for the most part if you just want to play for fun but at 5'3 your serve is going to be a disaster without learning some basics.
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Bow down manlet.
6'0 is short for a tennis pro nowadays.

It seems that everyone is 6'1 or taller and 6'1-6'3 is the best height range for a tennis player.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:31 PM   #20
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Yes, short people are at a disadvantage.

But that doesn't mean you can't be good at tennis while being short.

One of the greatest, Rod Laver, was 173cm tall. His main rival, Ken Rosewall, was only 170cm tall.

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You certainly give off that aura with your massive rainbow colored fangirl sig.

For the OP: Johnny Groove is right. Use your superior maneuverability to your advantage and play crafty tennis to move your opponent around. Other posters are correct that your height will make for several unique challenges, but you can still make things interesting by working hard and playing smart.
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Given your username, are you Chinese?
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I always thought Mong Mong is a girl.
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The key thing here is that you play recreational tennis. Apart from not hitting many aces you will feel no huge disadvantage; at this level skill and persistence is so much more important than what nature gave you.

I am 5 foot 8 myself and all the matches I have lost have been because the other guy has been better at tennis not because he has been taller.
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Mong Mong, Ping Pong might be your thing if the height is an issue with tennis.

But I agree with the speed comment. My badminton partner was 5ft but covered the court like the wind blows.

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Mong Mong, Ping Pong might be your thing if the height is an issue with tennis.

But I agree with the speed comment. My badminton partner was 5ft but covered the court like the wind blows.
I think height is really important when you get into competitive levels, although it wouldnt be that deciding in lower level scenarios. Thats why you hardly have anybody below 6 feet playin in the top 20. Ok some are like fognini and nishikori (both 5'10) and Ferrer (5'9) but they are big exceptions and have to compensate with moving a lot in the court. 5'3 is just way too short.
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If you are short and slow, and uncoordinated, you will have a difficult time with tennis. Short stature alone isn't too much of a problem. I've seen guys around your height play guys in the6'0'' range, and hold their own.
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