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Old 09-27-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Which of these should consider a career change to doubles specialist?

The following players are all former top 10 ranked players who are now at the upper end of the age bracket for active singles players. Their current performance is either stagnating at a level well below what they (and their fans) expect of them or continuing to decline. Not that they are incapable of remaining on tour as singles players, but their current positions and level of play seem to be frustrating them and their fans.

Looking at Jonas Bjorkman as an example of a player with a similar history who has refocused his attention to doubles and has been very successful there (though he does still play some singles); which of the following might benefit by making the transition to doubles specialist?


Carlos Moya - age 29 - current rank 26 - career high rank #1 in 1999

Tim Henman - age 31 - current rank 32 - career high rank #4 in 2002

Greg Rusedski - age 32 - current rank 34 - career high rank #4 in 1997

Albert Costa - age 30 - current rank 76 - career high rank #6 in 2002

Rainer Schuettler - age 29 - current rank 85 - career high rank #5 in 2004

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Bjorkman - age 33 - current rank 81 - career high rank #4 in 1997
current doubles rank #2

Not only would refocusiing on doubles, an admittedly less physically demanding game, allow these players to remain on tour longer; but the addition of some top names to the regular doubles players ranks would enhance the doubles marketability.

What do you think about these players in particular? Do you think it would be a good move for them or not? And there may be other players in the same situation also. Feel free to add to the list. These were just the ones that came to my mind.
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Old 09-27-2005, 06:15 PM   #2
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Ferrero/Hernandez will be the #1 team next year, no one else should even bother showing up
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Old 09-27-2005, 06:16 PM   #3
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Old 09-27-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Defintely Tim Henman would make the best double's specialist on that list.
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Henman/Schuettler
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It'a about time that Schuettler went into doubles, I get surprised now when he wins!
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Defintely Tim Henman would make the best double's specialist on that list.
Yep.
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Default Re: Which of these should consider a career change to doubles specialist?

Henman is obviously the best prospect for doubles, but he's still more than able to compete in singles to be fair (even if his results this year suggest otherwise). Same for Rusedski, he's a solid doubles player but if he played it would be to the detriment of his singles, and he's still been doing pretty well in singles.
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By the way, I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure Tim was ranked higher than number 4 at one point.
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By the way, I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure Tim was ranked higher than number 4 at one point.
I pulled those numbers off their ATP player profiles and his says #4.

Whether they are correct or not
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I pulled those numbers off their ATP player profiles and his says #4.

Whether they are correct or not
Hmm, I thought he'd reached number 2 or 3 at one point, maybe a Timmy fanatic can clarify it for us
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Henman is obviously the best prospect for doubles, but he's still more than able to compete in singles to be fair (even if his results this year suggest otherwise). Same for Rusedski, he's a solid doubles player but if he played it would be to the detriment of his singles, and he's still been doing pretty well in singles.
Gosh yes, anyone still ranked in the top 50 is certainly doing fine in singles. Many pro players make a career of tennis and never get into the top 50. But my point is that these guys have done better than that and seem now to be agonizing over evry loss. So might they be happier if they adapt to doubles play and get back to the top echelons there.

Henman seems like one who would do well at doubles without making major changes to his game. Whereas others like Moya would have to adapt more. But if they could commit to the change, could they be successful; and would they be happier with success there instead of continuing to be frustrated with their singles play? I think that when questions about "retirement" begins to come up in postmatch interviews then players ought to start considering all their options.
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I don't think any of those five are exceptional doubles players... so none.
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I don't think any of those five are exceptional doubles players... so none.
You're right about their past performance at doubles but they rarely or never play it. Singles has been their focus and they haven't wanted to distract themselves from that game while they were at the top of it. But I think they all have the ability to play great doubles if they start to get experience there.

Well, actually, I've never seen Schuettler play; so I know nothing about his game . But since he's fallen the furthest of the group, I just figured he might be willing to try something new.
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