Here are some of the professional tennis players who started late and got the recognition they deserved at an older age. Contents. Stan Wawrinka. Malek Jaziri. Ivan Lendl. Time Henman. Janko Tipsarevic. Goran Ivanisevic. Final Thoughts.
Apr 17, 2015. #24. wercide said: Starting late for a tennis player is at 10 years old, at 18 is almost impossible to enter the TOP 100, and definitely impossible to win a Grand Slam. Even with an amazing, out of this world talent, there are certain skills that need to be developed while growing up.
The only example that comes to my mind is of John Isner. He turned pro when he was 22, after playing college level tennis for many years, which can be considered late by many standards. He is a noted top-20 player and has upset the likes of all-time greats like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. However, he got his major breakthrough in Wimbledon 2010, when he was 25.
Bubba Watson was a marginal late-comer to the sport, first taking up the club at age 6. So is there any hope for Dan McLaughlin, who is attempting to go pro at age 33?
French player Cedric Pioline began playing tennis between the ages of 16 and 17. Being the offspring of two outstanding volleyball athletes, he was undoubtedly born with impressive athletic ability. In 1989, just a very few years after taking up tennis, he became a professional tennis player.
This is not always the case however, and history proves that some of the best athletes in the world were late bloomers. This means they may not have started playing the sport until they were in to their teen years (or possibly even later), or perhaps they did not show any skill or talent until they were much older and took everyone (including ...
At the age of 15 is very late for a tennis player to start. However, it all depends on what are you shooting for. If he wants to go pro, it is definately too late. If he wants to play high level college, it is probably also too late. However, if his passion is for tennis, his love for the game may make up alot of grounds for his age.
Joel Embiid didn't start playing basketball until age 15, or training to become a pro until age 16, and was drafted 3rd overall. Tim Duncan didn't start playing basketball until his freshman year of high school, and is now widely considered among the best to ever play. Steven Adams didn't star playing until age 15, and was later drafted 12th ...