For sure! My idea was to earn enough without having to worry about money for at least 10-15 years after the career was over. Then I realized that the leap it takes to go from no man's land (anything upwards of 200 basically) to ATP level was not worth the risk. Anything below 50k annual savings was no option. I closely followed some careers of players my age such as Rainer Etzinger who ultimated peaked in the 150s and the infamous Daniel Köllerer (rank 55 peak) who coincidentally played mixed doubles with my now wife before we met. The first earning around 200k in his career and using it all for the tour life, the later ending up just shy of a million which he can live off as far as I have heard.ATP#700 is ATP ranked
Ok sounds like we had similar experiences
Would you have quit tennis if you can make $20k/year top 1000? $50k/year top 500?
Long story short: The first path was something I might have been capable of, Köllerers likely not (in terms of talent).
Personal background story, don't read if you are not interested, I warned you^^
By the time I had to study for my final year in high school, I had my first real girlfriend and started to play hockey 3 times a week as well.
That ultimated led to dropping tennis and I didn't touch a racket in 5 years. 16 years later I am fat and play 3 times tennis a year, barely beating my 70y old father (who to this date plays 3-4 times a week and was really really good back in his youth). Funnily enough when I get asked by co-workers to play tennis I usually do it to see their faces in utter disbelieve how a super fit 25 year old 4.2 ITN player gets absolutely humiliated by a father of two in horrible shape in his mid-late 30s.