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chuvack
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:58 PM
I couldn't help noticing, how few players have retired in the last few seasons. Ruano Pascal is 35, Sugiyama is coming on 34, Grabin and Tanasugarn are 31, Schnyder is 30, Mauresmo nearly 30 as well. What do all these players have in common? That none of them look like they are going to quit the game any time soon...

*JR*
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:54 PM
...Schnyder is 30
The Peppermint Puzzle has a Career Criminal to support. ;) I fucked up his attempt to gain control of @ least one potential "new cash machine" (Sania, who has a lot of endorsement loot, though fairly modest prize money thus far). He'll keep Patty Playing until she's 40 if he has to. :shrug:

MLF
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:40 PM
Age is really not that huge a deal in tennis, your speed and fitness can still be just as good in your '30s as it was in your '20s. On the pro circuit it just tends to be people get fed up with the travelling and have less motivation to work as hard as they did in their '20s having been training for so long. If you don't mind the travel and keep up the workrate there's no reason why anybody can't be competitive in their '30s.

chuvack
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:53 PM
Age is really not that huge a deal in tennis, your speed and fitness can still be just as good in your '30s as it was in your '20s. On the pro circuit it just tends to be people get fed up with the travelling and have less motivation to work as hard as they did in their '20s having been training for so long. If you don't mind the travel and keep up the workrate there's no reason why anybody can't be competitive in their '30s.


your post, while it may be theoretically correct, begs the question of why it has been unheard in the last 20 years, for players to achieve meaningful results in singles past the age of 30/31. No player aged 30 or older has won a Grand Slam in nearly 2 decades (I believe the oldest Tier 1 winner since Navra retirement is Tauziat at 31). If it were so easy as you say for players to play effectively into their mid-30s, surely there would have been some examples of such players.

Hayato
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:04 PM
Rossana is 33 :)
She was playing pro tennis in 1989, before I was even born :hearts:

chuvack
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:05 PM
Rossana is 33 :)
She was playing pro tennis in 1989, before I was even born :hearts:


sorry, I should include her and also Craybas.

chuvack
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:39 PM
The Peppermint Puzzle has a Career Criminal to support. ;) I fucked up his attempt to gain control of @ least one potential "new cash machine" (Sania, who has a lot of endorsement loot, though fairly modest prize money thus far). He'll keep Patty Playing until she's 40 if he has to. :shrug:


Schnyder has a game which has stayed nearly the same for a long time, and I can see her remaining in the Top 50 for several more years. Even now she is still dangerous on her day.

What's this about Schnyder and Mirza, do you have some personal connection with the entourages.