Yeah, I'm also scared of the same thing as Erik. I'm bright in academics, but now I dread sitting in an office, and just thinking, I could've been...
The problem with TK's advice is that my parents aren't rich by american standards, (if we moved back to india we'd have money), and I doubt that they could pay for IMG or something.
I also don't know if I'm good enough for a scholorship.
Are there any good academies in india?
Oh, i've just turned 13 btw
and I'm really scared mostly, because there is this boy who's 11, and he's already playing challengers.
I'm a girl, and even if I make it through the college circuit, I don't know any girl who went into the wta after collegiate.
yeah lol, true.
Who knows, I might turn out to be talented and do really well!
My family's played racquet sports for generations (badminton, table tennis) so, i have a chance.
i played when i was younger, but we moved, and i took it up a few months ago. i've improved really quickly, and am at the level of a high 2.5 or 3.0. i think it's mostly because i'm really motivated, and have done martial arts and stuff.
just as a question lawn tennis, when did you start playing? you seem like your really into it.
Martial arts is really becoming popular everywhere. It's so much more interesting than boxing or wrestling.
I only started playing tennis about nine months ago. You are right in guessing that I am crazy about tennis. I like playing other sports like basketball, football, and baseball, but tennis is my passion. When I was younger, my Dad and Uncle would play tennis.. I would watch and after they were done, I would play with my older brother, but it never lasted more than ten minutes. We just didn't have junior equipment nor somebody there to motivate us. So yeah, it's been about nine months. I'm actually at a 3.5 level and I've beat 4.0 players. *sigh* ...if only I had started many years ago :)
Came in late here....
And totally depends on your growth spurt period. If you grew fully by 14, don't expect to make the pro tour first or second rounds now.
If you are still growing, your chances are much better, you have a chance until your main growth spurt is over 7 years.
Good training, genes, and NO INJURIES the 3 keys.
i still have a few inches in me, so yeah.
Greetings Erik and Welcome to TennisW.Com.
I am truly sorry that I wasn't able to greet you when you first joined our Community but as you can clearly see, we have some real fantastic Members here willing & ready to make you feel right at home.
Ok to the Meat of the Matter as they say ...The question you ask is as old as who's the GOAT and no one ever seems to have the Nuts & Bolts answer to this .
Passion - Ability - Determination - Financial Backing - Sacrifice - Focus
And if all of these attributes are no problem for you, changes are you're still going to face the incredible chance of failure to succeed to the Pro Level (maybe).
Get your business plan together so to speak. Figure out what you're willing to have happen in your life and what you're willing to settle for and Do Not Allow those lines to get blurred. In other words, let's say you decide that fighting your way to the Pros is proving to hard some days and you run across an offer to coach or work as a hitting partner for someone who is working their way to the Pros. Do you say to yourself, ok I tried and it didn't workout so I guess maybe I should just do this instead?
Well that's for you to decide of course BUT I'm thinking that would be the very point where you've given up on your dream and there's not a single Player on the Circuit that didn't start from a dream, the only difference is, they stuck with it through everything. It's a test a One's Resolve and you will be tested all along the way. You will get beat by Players you think you are better than and that will make you have 2nd thoughts on if you're actually good enough, etc.
There will be times when training is the last thing in the World you want to hear. You will not want to get up and run for miles and then hit the Gym and then hit tennis balls and then back to running again for some more miles.
You're going to miss a lot of parties that your friends go to while you're training and that little guy sitting on your shoulder is going to be asking you why are you doing this when you know deep inside you're not good enough for the Pros so you're missing your best years at that very moment. And the sad thing is, many days, your going to believe that little guy and blow training off.
I really like what my friend TennisKing says about Playing & Playing to win etc. In the beginning when you're learning how to fly, what you & your Coach should be focused on is playing matches to see where your strengths & weaknesses are. Your Coach should be writing so much info down He/She gets Writer's Cramp. Things like >
Backhand Under Pressure
Forehand Under Pressure
Serve at Breakpoint against.
Do you know when to come into the Net ... on & on
So my suggestion to you is figure out what do you really want and give it a real chance to succeed before you hang it up. New faces show up on the Tour every year. Most don't get pass the Quallies but if you stick with it, one day you will actually win 3 matches and find yourself in the main draw of something but it doesn't stop there, it keeps going for another 7 (right?)
Coach! Thanks for that awsome answer, i recognize myself in the "little guy on the shoulder" part that's telling me to stop. Anyways thanks again for your post, help'd me alot.