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Old 08-21-2008, 02:03 PM   #1
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Well I have been wanting to play tennis for awhile now. I would like maybe play competitively, like local tournaments and such. But I'm 19, is that to old to start to play cometitively? and if anyone has any idea's on what equipment to get for a beginner would help, if you can post some sites where I can buy stuff. Don't really have an idea for a budget right now, but lower price is better.


P.s Hello everyone! Sorry my first post is a question, just in case some of you frown upon that, I just want to get into the sport.

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Old 08-21-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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Well I'd have a few sessions with your friends first. See how much you enjoy the game. You're definitely not too old though, if you have a talent for the game it should only take you a year or so to get to a good local standard.

For racquets, I'd recommend something oversize and around 10oz in weight. Don't spend too much on your first racquet, as I'm sorry to tell you, you may find that you suck at the game or just don't enjoy it. Get something nice and cheap, then once you improve move onto a heavier racquet with a smaller headsize and you can start worrying about brands / cost, and of course things like coaching which will set you back even more financially.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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What ever your level there is ALWAYS someone who can beat you.

If you get too hung up on the winning and losing, you'll miss the point of playing tennis.

Those who get the most from tennis
1 try to be proud of their performance,
2 get healthy exercise, and
3 most importantly have FUN!

You're never too old to do those things.

my advice is to save up and get one of these amazing racquets:-
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:22 PM   #4
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I took up tennis a year ago, then aged 18. I'd certainly rank it as one of the best decisions of my life. Of the 12 months I've been playing I think I've missed 4 months through injury and have still managed to reach a decent level.

As has already been said, as long as you don't get too caught up in the winning and losing of matches. Especially when you're beginning there is plenty to be learned in every situation in every match, the scoreline is not the only important thing, when starting out I wouldn't place much if any importance on the score and the most important thing is that it's a rewarding experience. When I'm playing matches I've got to try and find that balance of intensity and fun, it's not always easy but it's always time well spent

btw if you're pretty sure that you're going to take it up then I'd definitely recommend getting coaching (either 1on1 or in group sessions which are cheaper). Tennis can be expensive, having been at it for a year I have spent hundreds of euro.
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Alright thanks guys. I wouldnt get to caught up in winning and losing. I just thought playing competitively will help build my skills. I will be looking into a coach next week hopefully.

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If you compete against 12 year old boys, you stand a chance.
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If you compete against 12 year old boys, you stand a chance.
Some of the best players in my club are in this age bracket

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I will be looking into a couch next week hopefully.
...I'm not sure that it would make much of a difference

But yeah playing matches is great as long as you learn from it.. and you will. Good luck
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Yeah sorry. I was half asleep when I replied. lol
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Some of the best players in my club are in this age bracket
Then your club sucks
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Then your club sucks
Well the national no.1 in this age bracket is in my club, there are also a few other top ranked juniors as well as one of the top coaches in the country at my club... I really don't see how this club sucks
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