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Been playing for about 2 years... still a newbie compared to some of you guys!
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1985,great fun and a nice career with the chance to meet lots of lovely people.Nothing to beat the feeling of a big ace.
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Started Playing at 16 when I was 5'6'' and 200 lbs. My only concept of a serve was the McDonalds drive thru. Luckily, with tennis and raisin bran, I've stayed 5'11 160 for almost 15 years now. I love tennis!
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Congratulations on picking up a great sport! Hope your tendonitis is getting better!
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3 months ago I play once a week (taking lessons with tennis coach)

My biggest success up to date is that I learned to hit my serve in
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Late 2007 when I was 13

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I started in my teens but only started to play a lot in the last couple of years. I think I have improved a lot in the last couple of years if I should say so myself. Especially my serve and volleys which were non-existent before.
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I started later in life after some other sports in my mid twenties. I've been playing for 12 years now.
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Five or so
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Re: When did you start playing tennis?

when i was 10 until 13
then i stopped
started again when i was 15
then stopped
and now i play
im 23 yo
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I've been watching tennis my whole life, but only recently started learning how to play by reading tutorials on sites like http://protennistips.net and http://fuzzyyellowballs.com
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I started playing 7 years ago So when I was 10!

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11. When I moved to Aus, I got interested in tennis. Hit against the wall, and broke the air conditioning system () and a light

A lot better now, practicing against a wall is good motivator to play tennis, but detrimental to your game
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I was five, i just watch Maria beat Serena in the wimbledon final and i wanted to be just like her

I was never too serious because i had/still have school, travelling, violin, coaching for maths and English, soccer, hockey...

But it still remains my favourite sport, and im pretty good eleven years later

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Re: When did you start playing tennis?

I was twelve! My parents were club players who did not encourage me or my brothers to try the game at all, but I wanted to play the game "like Dad" more than anything. When I told my mother this at age 10, she said, "You'll never be as good as your father, so why bother?"

Yeah, REAL nice. No "Special Snowflake" childhood for me.

But I'm glad. I took-up the game on summer breaks, showed quick talent for it and had natural athleticism, and by age 15 I was able to enter a club tournament where I met my Dad in the second round and beat him in three sets. AWKWARD but wonderful! He categorically refused to play tennis with me again.

I left home at 17 and took tennis with me as a lifetime sport, through college studies (that I paid-for, THANKS MOM & DAD), business interactions, club line-ups, and basic "weekend warrior" fights at local parks -- (if you're ever in a town that doesn't have at least ONE public tennis court, you're in the wrong town.)

I joined the USTA in Northern California in the late 1990s as a 4.5 player and was undefeated in my league for the first season ... until the very last match when I faced the only other guy in the region who was undefeated ... both of us 13-0 for the season, and he beat me 6-4 6-2. I was a big hitter with good movement ... he was a pusher who ran like Michael Chang (and looked like him). Bummer.

But I beat him two weeks later to win my first USTA club event and was bumped up to 5.0.

I won one more regional tournament as a 5.0 player and reached two additional finals before my shoulder went off the boil with chronic tendinitis. I rehabbed it and went back to tennis and won a few more local events and loved my league matches.

Tennis has given me some of the best memories of my life, and it has enabled me to meet some of the nicest people in the world -- friends for life, whether playing competitive matches or late-night doubles get-togethers with lovely people. I value the sport and what it has given to me.

Best Tennis Memory Ever: Meeting a slightly overweight girl who loved tennis but never thought she could play the game, and spending a whole summer teaching her how to really play, and seeing the look on her face when she beat another, SKINNY BLONDE girl in a local tournament. She still plays the game and loves it.

That was worth more to me than winning a couple of local USTA events or league honors.

And all because, at age 10, my own mother said I should never bother to take up the sport.

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