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Adrian.
Oct 14th, 2011, 08:07 PM
I started it in summer 2009, so while being already 17 years old :sobbing:

what about you guys`? :D

Berlin_Calling
Oct 14th, 2011, 08:36 PM
Played around as a child with my parents, but actually started playing around age 10. My parents hired a coach for me at around age 13, so I could be competitive on my high school team which won a bunch of New England championships, and I went down to Florida to either the Evert Academy or Saddlebrook to train every spring break and during the summer. Did not play as much in college, but now that I'm graduated, I try to play at least two to three times a week. But I'm convinced I'm past my peak and aren't as competitive now, than I was back in highschool :sad:

edificio
Oct 14th, 2011, 08:42 PM
14 years old

I play hit and miss, hit and miss. :)

GoofyDuck
Oct 14th, 2011, 08:45 PM
On a blue monday

Chip.
Oct 14th, 2011, 09:16 PM
I've been playing since I was twelve. :) Started with an after school club :lol:

Adrian.
Oct 14th, 2011, 09:32 PM
I've been playing since I was twelve. :) Started with an after school club :lol:

12 is also late, isn't it? :p

joe87
Oct 14th, 2011, 09:33 PM
I startet in May 2011 :tape:

Now I can't believe why I didn't play earlier. :o

Craig.
Oct 14th, 2011, 09:35 PM
June 2008.

SwingVolley93
Oct 14th, 2011, 10:11 PM
June 2007. :cheer:
So, when I was 11. :)
Edit:
wait...Im 19 right now so...omg the math is confusing me. :facepalm:

ce
Oct 14th, 2011, 10:12 PM
2003, so that means i was, hmm, 13 :tape:

MK Ultra
Oct 14th, 2011, 10:14 PM
When I was 4.

Matt01
Oct 14th, 2011, 11:04 PM
9 or 10, can't remember :o

The Dawntreader
Oct 14th, 2011, 11:12 PM
11. So 2001.

lang26
Oct 14th, 2011, 11:21 PM
7 or 8

lang26
Oct 14th, 2011, 11:23 PM
12 is also late, isn't it? :p

never too late wont you try ITF event If i right alot players get started off there

Craig.
Oct 14th, 2011, 11:41 PM
June 2007. :cheer:
So, when I was 11. :)
Edit:
wait...Im 19 right now so...omg the math is confusing me. :facepalm:

:tape:

Keadz
Oct 14th, 2011, 11:50 PM
^ :lol:

I actually don't know. I think when I was about 10.

My first trophy was like 2003, runner up in under 14 doubles at my tennis club. I have passed my peak :sad:

SwingVolley93
Oct 15th, 2011, 12:19 AM
I started in 2007 right before my freshman year of High School. :) And I became #1 on the team in 2 years :cheer:

Berlin_Calling
Oct 15th, 2011, 12:20 AM
I started in 2007 right before my freshman year of High School. :) And I became #1 on the team in 2 years :cheer:

Clearly, the level of your high school team wasn't very high... :tape:

SwingVolley93
Oct 15th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Clearly, the level of your high school team wasn't very high... :tape:

You're an idiot I took lessons at my country club non stop twice a week, every month, after 2 years I was good enough to be #1..and our team won league sectional 3 years in a row. Sit down. :kiss:

Berlin_Calling
Oct 15th, 2011, 01:42 AM
You're an idiot I took lessons at my country club non stop twice a week, every month, after 2 years I was good enough to be #1..and our team won league sectional 3 years in a row. Sit down. :kiss:

Doesn't matter if you trained at Bollettieri's five hours a day, five days a week... Two years is two years. Just sayin... :dance:

SwingVolley93
Oct 15th, 2011, 09:14 AM
Doesn't matter if you trained at Bollettieri's five hours a day, five days a week... Two years is two years. Just sayin... :dance:

I played soccer and baseball since I was 5...it's not like I was un-athletic. Tennis became natural, not the finest technique but great anticipation and knowledge as well as athleticism. :wavey:

claypova
Oct 15th, 2011, 09:21 AM
never, though i really should :o i self-taught myself :lol:

Yoncé
Oct 15th, 2011, 09:27 AM
When I was 10 or 11 because I had played and quit every other sport imaginable :sobbing: tennis is the longest I have been playing a sport. I didn't actually know if I was good until I played a U16 tournament when I 13 and won :D And I haven't even had a proper coach :hysteric:

jrollaneres25
Oct 15th, 2011, 01:54 PM
I startet in May 2011 :tape:

Now I can't believe why I didn't play earlier. :o

So you watched for 4 years before actually playing??

joe87
Oct 15th, 2011, 02:04 PM
So you watched for 4 years before actually playing??

I'm watching since the end of 2005, so it was actually more than 5 years. :lol:

jrollaneres25
Oct 15th, 2011, 02:11 PM
I remember when I actually sat down and watched my first tennis match when I was 18. July, 2000. My best friend at the time called me up and told me to watch the Williams Sisters play. He said it was rare that they played each other.

Before then, I had no clue on how the scoring system operated nor did I even know much about the Sisters. I actually thought the were twins and from Africa :lol:

So I turned it on and they were playing on Grass. It was a semifinal encounter and Venus was up 3-2. From there I began watching the match with a lot of interest. Chrissy Evert and Johnny McEnroe were commentating and it just enhanced the first-time experience.

They were athletic and super intense. I knew then that I had found another sport to play. At the time I had ran Cross Country, Track-N-Field, played Soccer, Basketball, and Football.

That September, after the Olympic Games and the US Open, I picked up my first racket. I have not put it down ever since

Aryman3
Oct 15th, 2011, 02:31 PM
Many years ago. when I was 28

Mikey.
Oct 15th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Probably about 10, though I didn't really care or start seriously really enjoying it until I was 18-19.

jrollaneres25
Oct 15th, 2011, 03:20 PM
I'm watching since the end of 2005, so it was actually more than 5 years. :lol:

Wooooow.:eek: How'd u manage not to pick up a racket??:help:

joe87
Oct 15th, 2011, 06:27 PM
Wooooow.:eek: How'd u manage not to pick up a racket??:help:

Well, the first 3 years it didn't even come to my mind to start playing, don't know why. :shrug:
Then I was thinking about playing more and more and I finally started this year. And now I even can't stand it if I can't play for one week or more. :lol:

Adidas Dude
Oct 15th, 2011, 06:47 PM
I started playing when I was 7yo and did group lessons until I was 10.

I was watching tennis on TV all the time one summer and this one time, my dad was driving past some tennis courts where lots of kids were having lessons. He noticed me watching them and signed me up for group lessons for the following term. It was probably the only time in my life where I willingly went to participate in something without giving it a second thought. I had never played before so I didn't know what to expect or know how good I could be.

In my first lesson, I was shown by an assistant coach how to swing a forehand and then he got me to do it. He fed me 5 shots and I hit EVERY single shot over the net! I surprised myself and the coach, who wasn't convinced that I had never played tennis before. The assistant coach told the head coach what I had just done and I was quickly taken aside to join the head coaches' group. After 3 months, I was put into an older group, which meant that I was hitting with 11 and 12yo kids. I was so scared of them because (to me) they were hitting the ball really hard and I was nervous that they would hit me. I know that they didn't like me because every time we had to pair up, no one wanted to go with "the little kid." Anyway, what I had over the "big kids" was that even though they hit harder than me, I could still get the ball back over the net more times than them. I learned to play smarter. I didn't grow up to be very tall at all, so those early experiences came in really handily!

After a year, I was invited to join the head coaches' training squad. This was for kids who showed tournament potential. I had seen some of those kids hit just before their training and I had dreamed of one day joining them, but maybe not until I was in high school. So there I was, a Year 4 kid, hitting with 13, 14, 15yo teenagers! I wasn't as scared of them anymore because of my first experience hitting with older kids. I did that squad for two more years and played regional junior tournaments.

The next step, however, was being invited to join a State training squad. I was so happy to get an invitation in the mail. It was like getting a letter from Hogwarts haha! Sadly, I was forced to decline the invitation because the timing of the squad clashed with classes that I had to do outside of school. I wanted to drop those classes and play tennis instead but my parents wouldn't allow it. My parents said that I could join the State squad once I was in Year 8. I was somewhat placated by that. After all, it was only another 2 years. It felt like a lifetime!

When the head coach heard that I had declined the State squad invitation, he was quite dismayed. He had to write in to the State tennis association with a list of potential players, get a scout to come down and watch us play. Of the 10 names that the head coach gave the scout, only 3 invitations were sent out. It was me, another boy (who was better than me - he always beat me in tournaments!) and the best girl in our group. We were all 10yo at the time and were good friends. I didn't know any of that and felt so bad. If the head coach only knew how badly I would rather be training than doing educational classes! So he suggested to my parents that I do private lessons instead. He felt that I had outgrown his squads and needed more special attention. The other two kids were already doing private lessons. The head coach made a sales pitch to my parents telling them that he could take me to a professional level and that I could play tournaments around the world like his son does (or rather, did). My parents said that they would think about it to his face, but later in the car, said that the coach was just trying to make money off of us. That was the last time that I was ever at his coaching school. :(

I didn't give up on tennis. I kept playing. I used to hit against the wall EVERY SINGLE DAY. When I started attending private school, they offered tennis as a sport. You had to go through a trials process and any kid who was anyone (not all, but most) attended one of those 7 private schools and played tennis for them. I was at one of them. I passed the trials easily and made it into the top team but took note that I was also in a team with State-ranked kids. They were REALLY good. We practiced twice a week and played against one of the other private schools on Saturdays. There was surprisingly a lot of bitchiness amongst the boys in the top team. I was the target of a lot of abuse because I wasn't State-ranked and didn't play tournaments that offered junior ranking points.

We played an inter-house competition at the end of every year and I was the top player for my house. I beat two of the State-ranked players, who were ranked 2 and 3 on our school team. We won the cup that year! So amazing! We didn't have a strong team either and not everyone on the team actually played tennis as their chosen sport. It was pretty rag-tag. But what some of the lower-ranked guys lacked in technique and finesse, they made up for in tenacity and persistence. It was such an honour to play alongside those guys. I was never invited back to join the State squad because I had no one to vouch for me anymore. I didn't care so much. I still had 4 years left of high school and was just happy to be playing as often as I liked at school.

I'm going to stop there with my story because it's already gone past the thread title, which was, "when did you start playing tennis?" and I've already answered that haha.

I'll leave it there by saying this: I'm not the sort of person to give up easily, but I don't think I would have believed in my ability for tennis as much today if I hadn't hit those first 5 forehands over the net 26 years ago in my first group lesson.

Jane Lane
Oct 15th, 2011, 06:50 PM
I was 13 :lol: So 5 years. Around the same time I started watching tennis actually. Quit volleyball to do it since they were in the same season in my high school. :lol:

Mixal
Oct 15th, 2011, 07:56 PM
- told my parents that I wanted to play tennis at the age of 5 (18 years ago) :bigcry:

- started hitting against the wall of my home when I was 10, smashing windows many times :lol:

- finally started training when I was 12. I was better than most, played some tournamens, but I was still a nobody :sobbing:

- stopped playing when I was 15 because I went to high school in another town :sad:

- didn't pick up my racket for the next 4 years because it was too painful for me living with the fact that tennis is just not going to be my life :help:

- after that one time I played, I decided not to wake my demons ever again :tape:

- met a girl at my university who played tennis in the same town 2 years ago, had the same coach etc., decided to hit with her a couple of times to see how it goes, and it was cool :cool:

- started playing two days a week this year with some of my friends, now I'm obsessed with tennis again, this time only as a recreational player. The only problem is that my friends aren't that much into it :(

- stopped playing in July because they removed the nets from courts which were for free (I had to drive to another town anyway, but I'm not ready to pay almost $20 for an hour!) :fiery:

- planning to start again as they are about to put them back :hearts:

- somewhere deep, deep inside still hoping to achieve Muster's 2nd career :hysteric:

Adrian.
Nov 22nd, 2011, 03:23 PM
:lol: and the last story :lol:

The Witch-king
Nov 22nd, 2011, 03:40 PM
12 is also late, isn't it? :p

Late for what exactly?:confused: If you're playing for fun, excercise and recreation in general it really doesnt matter what age you start

Adrian.
Nov 22nd, 2011, 03:40 PM
Late for what exactly?:confused: If you're playing for fun, excercise and recreation in general it really doesnt matter what age you start

I meant for becoming a Pro ;)
If you play for fun, you can start with 60 or even more :cheer:

The Witch-king
Nov 22nd, 2011, 03:44 PM
I meant for becoming a Pro ;)
If you play for fun, you can start with 60 or even more :cheer:

oh is that poster planning on becoming a pro?

atominside
Nov 22nd, 2011, 03:53 PM
2006 at 12 :baby:

Super Dave
Nov 22nd, 2011, 06:30 PM
No idea. Long, long ago. I played the most while in college, though. Never had formal lessons. :sad:

How I wish now that I had done something with tennis or baseball.

Sergius
Nov 22nd, 2011, 06:41 PM
- told my parents that I wanted to play tennis at the age of 5 (18 years ago) :bigcry:

Same here. Started playing the game when I was around 13, though :o
Some years after started watching tennis on a regular basis:cheers:

Aravanecaravan
Nov 22nd, 2011, 08:58 PM
Started when I was 7. Back when racquets were made of wood and heavy as sh*t. Even the junior ones.

- started hitting against the wall of my home when I was 10, smashing windows many times :lol:



Yes, I drove my parents nuts. We had a house that was painted yellow, and every couple of months they were out painting the wall on the back porch to cover up all the mud spots from my rallies....

Barktra
Nov 23rd, 2011, 01:02 AM
2006 when my mom married my step dad because he is a teaching pro. :lol: I was 11 years old

oliverbecken
Nov 23rd, 2011, 10:23 AM
My history:

- watching tennis since I was 2 or 3 years old. My parents told me that I was staring Graf, Navratilova or Evert when they were at TV

- told my parents that I wanted to play tennis at the age of 4-5, but they told me (specially my father that is a pretty conservative and old-minded man), that it was a girly sport and that they had no money to take me to the next big village (7km), while my big brother have been taken to a town (30km from home) since he was 5 in order to play soccer :sad:

- started hitting against the wall and playing racketball in my village since I was 5-6 yo. and playing plenty of local tournaments until I was 17 and I moved to a big city.

- starting college and working part time at 18. Went mad with parties and other stuff!

- start playing tennis (with coaching) first time when I was 21-22 and I had a few savings. I remember my coach was really impressed when I told him that I never played in a tennis court before :eek:

- I did coaching for about 1 year and start playing some social tournaments in the city, but for personal reasons I quit coaching when I was 22-23. Then, only played few times with friends.
- With 25 I move to Ireland and I started tennis coaching again, and so playing tennis regularly. Now I'm in UCD team and representing my club (MountPleasant) in Dublin tournaments.

- Also, playing GLTA tournaments since last April!



The end! :wavey:

Kairi
Nov 23rd, 2011, 08:38 PM
2000, 11 years ago (age 9) :o

Geekking
Apr 4th, 2012, 08:34 PM
I went to a tennis schhol Jan. 2004 but I improve myself and stick to play 2008.

My Story:

My dad is playing tennis but he started late to this sport. He told me to teach me when I was 10-11 years old but I preferred to play basketball but I've been watching tennis matches since I was 4-5. Anyway, after seeing Sabine Lisicki I wanted to buy the same equipment and play like her and started to beg my dad to teach me how to play.

PowerWilliams
Apr 26th, 2012, 11:41 AM
My story is lame. Flat, appartment, call it how you want, I lived in these. Concrete, brick wall, I started playing on it in 2007, coz my family was annoying. Practised, more and more, and I'm kinda good now.

Ms_Maven
May 3rd, 2012, 03:51 AM
Hi Everyone! I'm new here. :)

I began playing in high school (late starter) and continued to play in college for recreation. I stopped playing after college and recently started again as a way to meet new people and stay active. :bounce:

Kəv.
May 3rd, 2012, 11:00 AM
Like 5/4 years ago. I started learning, playing in my backyard against the wall or on one of thoses things (bad racket) but i dont know where that went.
I was always interested in tennis, always watching the AUS Open on tv.

Sammo
May 3rd, 2012, 08:42 PM
In early 2008, at age 13.

tammywilson52
Jul 3rd, 2012, 06:19 AM
When I was 10 years old.

manojob
Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:14 AM
I started playing tennis at the age of 14.

bavaria86
Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:54 AM
at the age of 7

Towanda
Jul 3rd, 2012, 10:13 AM
I think I started at like 6 or 7....I had an aunt who worked on racquet assembly at the Wilson factory and she brought me one of the Nancy Richey racquets that she made. I was already interested in sports so she thought I might like to try tennis.

germarc
Sep 14th, 2012, 02:38 AM
I'm 21 and I'm thinking about starting to play tennis... Are there other people here who started that late?

Andy.
Sep 14th, 2012, 11:25 AM
Your never too old to start. Heaps of people at my club have started way later than 21.

Sammo
Sep 14th, 2012, 02:23 PM
Early 2008, I was 13 back then :p

saint2
Sep 14th, 2012, 10:17 PM
I've started at,around 10-12, and "retired" at 17 or 18, after taking beating from a kid 4 years younger than me. It was stupid, but back then I felt humiliated. I've never touched the racquet since, because I thought that if I suck at something, better not do it at all. It was dumb, and now I'd want to play again, but I have no time, and no one is willing to play with me...

Sammo
Sep 14th, 2012, 11:14 PM
I've started at,around 10-12, and "retired" at 17 or 18, after taking beating from a kid 4 years younger than me. It was stupid, but back then I felt humiliated. I've never touched the racquet since, because I thought that if I suck at something, better not do it at all. It was dumb, and now I'd want to play again, but I have no time, and no one is willing to play with me...

You have to play again.

Serena_Williams_
Sep 15th, 2012, 10:49 AM
I was 10 :)

May Hemme
Oct 1st, 2012, 11:31 AM
I just turned 40 and started playing this year! I can't believe it took me so long, but when I was growing up I was never around anyone who played, never even saw anyone play. Some friends invited me to an evening at the USO in 1999, and after they explained to me what was going on, I was hooked. I wasn't able to play myself for a few years for a bunch of reasons. My 10 year old has been playing for 6 years, and we used to hit together, but she used to yell at me for missing balls, so I had to start taking lessons to keep up with her. I play between 2 and 3 hours a week, and I've already improved enough that I have a decent backhand, and every day that I don't get at least a few minutes of court time, I'm bummed! Unfortunately I'm sidelined with achilles tendonits, but that's my own fault for not paying attention to the fact that I'm old and can't just start running around without some kind of warm up.

KatrinaS
Oct 12th, 2012, 11:44 AM
Been playing for about 2 years... still a newbie compared to some of you guys!

fast lefty
Oct 13th, 2012, 09:14 PM
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.