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cowsonice
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:52 AM
Are there any benefits of being a short tennis player??

My parents always persuaded me to try out tennis because there wasn't any major height advantages, but looking at all the top players, I think it's hard to be short and good except for Coetzer and today, Cibulkova, I guess. :shrug:

slnbb
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:57 AM
Henin, Zheng Jie, Cibulkova
serve will be a problem...just not as powerful as the other tall players

ranfurly
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:58 AM
What do you call when you come across Amanda Coetzer and Karlovic?



a: A Walking Blow Job :-P

ElusiveChanteuse
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:02 AM
Well you need to work VERY hard if you want to reach the top. Good luck.

cowsonice
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:05 AM
But are there any advantages to being short and on the WTA?

Julian.
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:08 AM
^ Yes, short players' movement are really good. Look at Cibulkova, Coetzer, Zheng Jie, Henin, etc.. they all have great movement around the court.

Jane Lane
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:14 AM
Henin is actually tall when you compare her to the likes of Cibulkova and Zheng. :lol:

Moveyourfeet
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:15 AM
^ Yes, short players' movement are really good. Look at Cibulkova, Coetzer, Zheng Jie, Henin, etc.. they all have great movement around the court.

I believe you have cause and effect wrong.
Short players do not automatically have great movement.

Short players must possess great movement to be able to compete with the bigger girls. The short girls that can't move get weeded out quickly, so you end up at the pro level with short players that have good movement and have found ways to compensate for their height disadvantage (E.g great ROS, court positioning etc).

ElusiveChanteuse
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:18 AM
^ Yes, short players' movement are really good. Look at Cibulkova, Coetzer, Zheng Jie, Henin, etc.. they all have great movement around the court.

downside of this is that you'll get very tired easily if you don't have enough stamina.:shrug: everyone can run and chase down balls but it depends on whether they want to.:shrug: If you're being short and couldn't overpower your oppponents, your only way to win the match is to just put the balls back into the court for as many as possible.:shrug:

ElusiveChanteuse
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:19 AM
I believe you have cause and effect wrong.
Short players do not automatically have great movement.

Short players must possess great movement to be able to compete with the bigger girls. The short girls that can't move get weeded out quickly, so you end up at the pro level with short players that have good movement and have found ways to compensate for their height disadvantage (E.g great ROS, court positioning etc).

:lol: :yeah:

Moveyourfeet
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:22 AM
The disadvantages far outweigh the advantages of being a short tennis player.

I suppose an advantage is that it is easier to get down to low balls. But you will receive a lot more topspin shots than slices so it's not really that helpful.

The biggest disadvantages are on the serve and ROS (due to lack of reach).
Anytime I play a short player, I know I'm going to get aces on my slice serve out wide that might ordinarily come back against a taller player.

gc-spurs
Oct 28th, 2011, 04:37 AM
Henin is actually tall when you compare her to the likes of Cibulkova and Zheng. :lol:

And me :(
Justine is like a normal sized person.

I believe you have cause and effect wrong.
Short players do not automatically have great movement.

Short players must possess great movement to be able to compete with the bigger girls. The short girls that can't move get weeded out quickly, so you end up at the pro level with short players that have good movement and have found ways to compensate for their height disadvantage (E.g great ROS, court positioning etc).

So true.

There's generally no advantage of being short in sports that involve reach... Can someone help me think of one? :(

davidmario
Oct 28th, 2011, 05:07 AM
Short players dont have to bend their knees that low plus it is easier for them to stand right in the hitting position since it is all about small steps in tennis und when you are short it is def easier to do high frequent short steps.
Also to return body serves is easier since short players dont have long wings.
Disadvantage is net coverage, serve (due to smaller angle) and side to side coverage (see how much court Venus can cover with her long limps but then again how venus' weakness is the small steps into the court).

Uncharted
Oct 28th, 2011, 10:23 AM
A good little'un, will always beat a big bad'un.

moby
Oct 28th, 2011, 01:51 PM
I believe you have cause and effect wrong.
Short players do not automatically have great movement.

Short players must possess great movement to be able to compete with the bigger girls. The short girls that can't move get weeded out quickly, so you end up at the pro level with short players that have good movement and have found ways to compensate for their height disadvantage (E.g great ROS, court positioning etc).QFT.

There are short girls that are mediocre movers - Paszek, Rezai. But then they are also heavily built and hit as big as the biggest girls.

miffedmax
Oct 28th, 2011, 01:59 PM
The average height of a WTA player is around 5'7", so they're not all Amazons. The top players do tend to be tall because right now it's such a power game, but who knows if that will always be the case?

Be realistic. The odds of making it to the WTA are very, very slim, and if you make it that far, the odds of making it to the Top 20 (where the tall girls tend to dominate) are slimmer still.

If you're short or of average height you can still be a very competitive and successful player for a club, school team, on some of the other lower level pro circuits or play college tennis (at least in the US--even if you are not an American that can be a great avenue to pay for a university degree from a top-quality institution).

I wouldn't let worries about being blown off the court by Petra Kvitova or Vika Azarenka worry me. Play tennis, have fun and get to be as good as you can. The rest will sort itself out. The worst case scenario is you will have a sport that you can play with friends all your life to keep fit, active and healthy.

Lena's bangs.

Mashabator
Oct 28th, 2011, 02:10 PM
The only benefit is probably getting to low shots, but other than that its all disadvantages. Not saying someone short cant be good though.

sammy01
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:20 PM
they are better at hide and seek :)

Mistress of Evil
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:30 PM
Nah, True Goddess can only be tall with long glamorous legs :hearts: Like Lenochka :inlove:

Dominic
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Henin is actually tall when you compare her to the likes of Cibulkova and Zheng. :lol:

Isn't Zheng listed at 5'5" ? Henin is like 5'5,5"

miffedmax
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:37 PM
Shorter people (usually) also have faster reaction times and are able to rotate their bodies better (which is one of the reasons a player like Rezai is able to generate a lot of power despite her small stature).

The fact is that except at the very highest levels your height won't be a major disadvantage, because you'll probably have better reaction times and acceleration than the tall girls you play, just as they'll have better reach and more power on their serve. Players with a Serena/Dementieva/Clijsters combination of tall girl size and short girl speed and reaction time and few and far between, and if you find yourself in a position of having to play one of them, congratulations. You are either one of the best juniors in the world or you are playing in the WTA.

I officiate at a lot of junior events, and believe me, they are not dominated by just tall girls. The winners come in all shapes and sizes, and a number of these women go on to play college tennis (which like I said earlier isn't bad at all). One of my son's coaches played college tennis and she's about 5'6; one of my fellow tennis officials I work with played college tennis and was on the USTA circuit for awhile and she's about 5'4".

Really, the last thing you should do is let nightmares of facing Kvitova keep you from playing a wonderful sport like tennis. Your smaller size does give you some advantages (generally speaking) over bigger girls, and if you work with a good coach he/she will show you how to get the most out of your natural abilities--even if you have an unexpected growth spurt and end up being one of us tall people. There are lots of girls and women who are small doing very well at every level of the game, from 12-and-Under all the way up to the WTA.

Plus the other advantage of being short is you're less likely to have me constantly demanding that you grow bangs. :p

Uncharted
Oct 28th, 2011, 03:44 PM
Am I the only one hearing this right now?

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