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theFutureisNow
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:25 AM
I was bored, so I looked up the heights of everyone in the top 50. While nothing is ironclad, I think most people might be surprised at just how strict the height requirements are to be a top level tennis player.

top 10

5-3-
5-4-
5-5-
5-6-x
5-7-
5-8-xx
5-9-xx
5-10-xxx
5-11-x
6-0-
6-1-x
6-2-

top 20

5-3-
5-4-
5-5-
5-6-xx
5-7-xx
5-8-xxxx
5-9-xxx
5-10-xxxxx
5-11-x
6-0-
6-1-xx
6-2-x

top 50

5-3-x
5-4-x
5-5-xxxx
5-6-xxxxx
5-7-xxxxxx
5-8-xxxxxxx
5-9-xxxxxx
5-10-xxxxx
5-11-xxxxxxxxx
6-0-xxx
6-1-xx
6-2-x

-The height requirements for the top 10 are pretty strict. If you are shorter than 5-8 you generally aren't strong enough. Taller than 5-11 and you're too slow. It takes exceptional athleticism or shot making ability to overcome this.
-The top 50 is a little more relaxed, but just about every girl on tour is taller than the average woman's height of 5'4".
-The gap between 5'11 and 6'0" might be because some girls are reluctant to call themselves 6 feet tall.
-If you are a junior girl who is under 5'5" or over 6'0", don't think of tennis as an investment, because it probably will not pay off.

Frontin
Jan 26th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Tennis players are about the same height as models. Models are much lighter though lol

The best women's tennis players in the last 20 years are generally 5'7" and above. (Ju is of course the exception)

The best men's are around 6'0"-6'3".

Crockett
Jan 26th, 2011, 10:25 AM
-The gap between 5'11 and 6'0" might be because some girls are reluctant to call themselves 6 feet tall.
Most of the world would measure in centimeters, not feet and inches. Even among those that do use feet and inches, most professional female athletes would not find it embarrassing to be 6 feet tall.

Rainie Conner
Aug 7th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Seriously? Really? You're joking, yeah?

BEST HEIGHT? WTF!

BlueTrees
Aug 7th, 2011, 03:56 PM
5-10

Lisickinator
Aug 7th, 2011, 03:56 PM
over 9000

HeySafZvoneRenka
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:16 PM
6"0' and 6"1'
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

smarties
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:19 PM
What's the point, the heights that you give are based on the profiles from the WTA site, right? everyone knows they are mostly wrong...

theFutureisNow
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:24 PM
What's the point, the heights that you give are based on the profiles from the WTA site, right? everyone knows they are mostly wrong...

The point is that the height range to have the best chance at success is narrower than most people would guess.
Also, being very tall is a disadvantage. The more over 6 feet you are the less likely you will succeed. Most people know that short girls tend to fail, but they aren't as aware of the height disadvantage.

As for the reported heights, they aren't that far off. If the height errors are random then it would not change the conclusions.

Tezuka.
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:31 PM
175cm-180cm imo.

Caipirinha Guy
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Soon we'll have in tennis 6'3 girls like this:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/198963_1795170892297_1630466149_1750350_7574912_n. jpg

Actually I saw the match of the girl above on clay and I haven't seen worse clay court moving than hers :spit:

HeySafZvoneRenka
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:46 PM
Soon we'll have in tennis 6'3 girls like this:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/198963_1795170892297_1630466149_1750350_7574912_n. jpg

Actually I saw the match of the girl above on clay and I haven't seen worse clay court moving than hers :spit:

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she looks taller than that:scared: :scared: :scared: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :crying2: :crying2: :crying2:

starin
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:47 PM
The perfect tennis body is Venus Williams. Tall with reach but still fast. She probably has the best tennis body in the history of the game but too bad her tennis is so erratic.

Sammo
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:48 PM
177 cm

HeySafZvoneRenka
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:49 PM
The perfect tennis body is Venus Williams. Tall with reach but still fast. She probably has the best tennis body in the history of the game but too bad her tennis is so erratic.THIS!!!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:

Caipirinha Guy
Aug 7th, 2011, 04:50 PM
she looks taller than that

Probably she is. :p Two years ago she was almost like Sharapova. http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRBOqB1MkZ5GAhi3aiFGMhXJnNjDZwrF rHqHCyUedwgQ_YE9U4F&t=1
btw. her name is Maciejewska. she's in ITF junior top100 so it seems that in juniors such height is not a disadvantage. ;)