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simonsaystennis
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:10 AM
I was reading the thread about the players who achieved the most under 20. It got me thinking, with the current age restrictions on tour, will we ever see any more "Teen Queens" like Hingis, Seles, or Graf were early in their careers? What are your opinions on the restrictions. If a player is good enough to play on the circuit full time, should they be regardless of their age? Is the rule denying them valuable experience that can only be earned from playing matches and thus causing the players to develop more slowly? Or is the rule a good thing, protecting promising young players from going down the path that Capriati did early in her career?

Volcana
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:18 AM
I was reading the thread about the players who achieved the most under 20. It got me thinking, with the current age restrictions on tour, will we ever see any more "Teen Queens" like Hingis, Seles, or Graf were early in their careers? What are your opinions on the restrictions. If a player is good enough to play on the circuit full time, should they be regardless of their age? Is the rule denying them valuable experience that can only be earned from playing matches and thus causing the players to develop more slowly? Or is the rule a good thing, protecting promising young players from going down the path that Capriati did early in her career?The latter.

What's better? A five year career that starts at fourteen, or a ten year career starting at ae seventeen? The WTA did good with the age rule.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:32 AM
I personaly think 16 is a fair age to play full time on tour with parental guidance :bounce:.

Shvedbarilescu
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:40 AM
I think the WTA tour has it just right now. It means we will get players emerging slightly later but we should get few burnouts and longer overall careers. This has to be a good thing.

ArturoAce.
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:20 AM
I like how it is now.

Prevents us from getting those crazy parents who push their children to extreme limits. its not good at all, no matter how good they are. children should be children. but i guess that can be a kind of ignorant opinion in my part.

gopher
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:49 AM
The rule is good, there would be soon twelve-year old russians with money-starved parents on the tour.

Henin and Clijsters started when they were 16 at the Tour. They retired before they were 25. Says enough I think .

Hazel
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:44 AM
Age 16. Look at Robson and all the press attnetion she is getting. If she flops it could put her off. Physically girls are still developing at 14 and 15 and given the emphasis on hard courts and having to play so many tournaments I don't think it's good to have all that pressure before 16.

Karolina_Sprem
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:53 AM
I think they should start full time playing at the age of 18...before that age they should be allowed to play max 6-7 tournaments including 2 slams...everything before the age of 16 shouldn't be allowed to play on pro tour...
I mean, look what has happened with all players who started playing tennis at the young age on the tour...or they've had serious injuries (examples of Hingis, Seles, Sharapova...) or they've had big personal problems (Lucic, Dokic) or they've just disappeared due to medias pressure, or they've retired in their early 20s due to chronicle injuries (Bedanova)...

M-K
Jun 21st, 2009, 11:34 AM
I'm a little bit torn on this suject. In a way I think that its totally up to the parents/coaches and of course the player herself to decide how many tournaments she will play. 'Cause I mean I always think its really interesting/fun to see a really young rising star break through. But then again, I totally understand why WTA wants to protect players from burn-outs and crazy parents/coaches.