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What age is a good age to start playing tennis?

I'm just wondering about this. Is 5 years old too young?


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Im hoping 25 years isn't too old

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oh and also, what racquets do you recommend for young beginners (5-8 years old)?


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Well to be a bonafide grandslam winning champion with endorsement deals up the wazooo then it is only acceptable to begin training in the womb. Have your pregnant mother start with a daily excersise regiment of crunches along with light jogging and shadow tennis forehands and backhands on the local court. Being on the court helps facillitate a sense of connectedness to the court for the fetus, ie you. Next you should have your pregnant mother listen to tapes of john Macenroe bitching out linesmen, chair umpires, and random ballkids while she goes to sleep at night. That way the fetus, you, will develop the neccessary thick skin to survive the cut throat junior circuit.

Also it is highly reccommended to have Richard Williams come your pregnant mothers home and rub her belly three times while singing a spritual and making outlandish predictions. This way you, the fetus, will have absorb his uncanny ability to deflect the barbs and arrows of the media so your tennis dreams will never be under seige.

Then have your pregant mother fly to zurich to meet with dearest who she must convince to sew you a tennis raket bag made out of her hair. Since ancient peoples believed power rested in hair this tennis bag will bestow upon you, the fetus, all the neccessar finesse skills and tricks and tactics melanie molitor possesses.

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i think its best to start young so u can develop ur skills but not 2 young cos u may get bored with it.
i suppose u can look at what happened to jenny capriati and learn from that.
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Well to be a bonafide grandslam winning champion with endorsement deals up the wazooo then it is only acceptable to begin training in the womb. Have your pregnant mother start with a daily excersise regiment of crunches along with light jogging and shadow tennis forehands and backhands on the local court. Being on the court helps facillitate a sense of connectedness to the court for the fetus, ie you. Next you should have your pregnant mother listen to tapes of john Macenroe bitching out linesmen, chair umpires, and random ballkids while she goes to sleep at night. That way the fetus, you, will develop the neccessary thick skin to survive the cut throat junior circuit.

Also it is highly reccommended to have Richard Williams come your pregnant mothers home and rub her belly three times while singing a spritual and making outlandish predictions. This way you, the fetus, will have absorb his uncanny ability to deflect the barbs and arrows of the media so your tennis dreams will never be under seige.

Then have your pregant mother fly to zurich to meet with dearest who she must convince to sew you a tennis raket bag made out of her hair. Since ancient peoples believed power rested in hair this tennis bag will bestow upon you, the fetus, all the neccessar finesse skills and tricks and tactics melanie molitor possesses.

NOW YOURE READY TO PLAY TENNIS, well once your born that is....
lol@tennis RAKET bag made out of melanie's hair

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5 isn't too young its just about right.

If its your son/daughter intraduce them to tennis and get them to play everynow and again if they ask to play more let them.I don't think its advisable for children to play tennis seriously till about 8/9

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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2003, 08:21 PM
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it depends

if you want to raise a tennis champion, no older than 6

if you just want them to play for fun, no younger than 8
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Clarissa Fernadez, began like at about 14-15, she made the semis of Roland Garros.
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Actually, I'm pretty sure Clarissa had been playing tennis since she was young, but started training for the pros at 14 or 15.
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 2003, 04:52 AM
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Unless your goal is to become a pro, no age is a "bad" age to start.

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any age is a good age to start playing tennis that's what makes it such a great sport but if you want the player to be a pro it is probably best they start young. as soon as they can hold and swing a racquet then they can play i think some start at the age of 3. i'd say 7 or 8 is a good age but if they like watching tennis at a younger age then it is good to see if the like playing it so basically from the age that they find it interesting. but clarissa fernandez only began playing tennis at the age of 15. she is 22 this year and was 21 when she got to the semis at RG so if a person has the talent then they can usually catch up to their peers if they start late because they actually understand the game whereas when you are young you're more or less just hitting the ball because it is fun not having any real understanding of the game.
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I tried at 15, failed gave up And now aren't I just a bitter and twisted bitch The rest of my family all played tennis from when they were young and are all pretty good (not pros or anything, though). But it's not for everyone. You shouldn't push young kids into learning a sport they may not like. I was always more a footy gal

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4-5 is the perfect time to start playing.

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