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Jetta
Apr 23rd, 2003, 03:45 PM
I'm just wondering about this. Is 5 years old too young? :confused:

LozHippy
Apr 23rd, 2003, 03:55 PM
Im hoping 25 years isn't too old :)

Leena
Apr 23rd, 2003, 03:56 PM
I started when I was 4... and look at me now... :sad:

Jetta
Apr 23rd, 2003, 04:00 PM
oh and also, what racquets do you recommend for young beginners (5-8 years old)?

PhoenixStorm
Apr 23rd, 2003, 04:30 PM
Well to be a bonafide grandslam winning champion with endorsement deals up the wazooo then it is only acceptable to begin training in the womb. Have your pregnant mother start with a daily excersise regiment of crunches along with light jogging and shadow tennis forehands and backhands on the local court. Being on the court helps facillitate a sense of connectedness to the court for the fetus, ie you. Next you should have your pregnant mother listen to tapes of john Macenroe bitching out linesmen, chair umpires, and random ballkids while she goes to sleep at night. That way the fetus, you, will develop the neccessary thick skin to survive the cut throat junior circuit.

Also it is highly reccommended to have Richard Williams come your pregnant mothers home and rub her belly three times while singing a spritual and making outlandish predictions. This way you, the fetus, will have absorb his uncanny ability to deflect the barbs and arrows of the media so your tennis dreams will never be under seige.

Then have your pregant mother fly to zurich to meet with dearest who she must convince to sew you a tennis raket bag made out of her hair. Since ancient peoples believed power rested in hair this tennis bag will bestow upon you, the fetus, all the neccessar finesse skills and tricks and tactics melanie molitor possesses.

NOW YOURE READY TO PLAY TENNIS, well once your born that is....

*abby*
Apr 23rd, 2003, 04:35 PM
i think its best to start young so u can develop ur skills but not 2 young cos u may get bored with it.
i suppose u can look at what happened to jenny capriati and learn from that. :)
hope that helps

Jetta
Apr 23rd, 2003, 04:35 PM
Well to be a bonafide grandslam winning champion with endorsement deals up the wazooo then it is only acceptable to begin training in the womb. Have your pregnant mother start with a daily excersise regiment of crunches along with light jogging and shadow tennis forehands and backhands on the local court. Being on the court helps facillitate a sense of connectedness to the court for the fetus, ie you. Next you should have your pregnant mother listen to tapes of john Macenroe bitching out linesmen, chair umpires, and random ballkids while she goes to sleep at night. That way the fetus, you, will develop the neccessary thick skin to survive the cut throat junior circuit.

Also it is highly reccommended to have Richard Williams come your pregnant mothers home and rub her belly three times while singing a spritual and making outlandish predictions. This way you, the fetus, will have absorb his uncanny ability to deflect the barbs and arrows of the media so your tennis dreams will never be under seige.

Then have your pregant mother fly to zurich to meet with dearest who she must convince to sew you a tennis raket bag made out of her hair. Since ancient peoples believed power rested in hair this tennis bag will bestow upon you, the fetus, all the neccessar finesse skills and tricks and tactics melanie molitor possesses.

NOW YOURE READY TO PLAY TENNIS, well once your born that is....

lol@tennis RAKET bag made out of melanie's hair

Nice one Phoenix

Monica_Rules
Apr 23rd, 2003, 04:39 PM
5 isn't too young its just about right.

If its your son/daughter intraduce them to tennis and get them to play everynow and again if they ask to play more let them.I don't think its advisable for children to play tennis seriously till about 8/9

CJ07
Apr 23rd, 2003, 08:21 PM
it depends

if you want to raise a tennis champion, no older than 6

if you just want them to play for fun, no younger than 8

Sofiane
Apr 23rd, 2003, 09:34 PM
Clarissa Fernadez, began like at about 14-15, she made the semis of Roland Garros.
There is nor rule I guess! :)

Keith
Apr 24th, 2003, 01:36 AM
Actually, I'm pretty sure Clarissa had been playing tennis since she was young, but started training for the pros at 14 or 15.

1jackson2001
Apr 24th, 2003, 04:52 AM
Unless your goal is to become a pro, no age is a "bad" age to start.

Gowza
Apr 24th, 2003, 05:01 AM
any age is a good age to start playing tennis that's what makes it such a great sport but if you want the player to be a pro it is probably best they start young. as soon as they can hold and swing a racquet then they can play i think some start at the age of 3. i'd say 7 or 8 is a good age but if they like watching tennis at a younger age then it is good to see if the like playing it so basically from the age that they find it interesting. but clarissa fernandez only began playing tennis at the age of 15. she is 22 this year and was 21 when she got to the semis at RG so if a person has the talent then they can usually catch up to their peers if they start late because they actually understand the game whereas when you are young you're more or less just hitting the ball because it is fun not having any real understanding of the game.

kell
Apr 24th, 2003, 05:05 AM
I tried at 15, failed :sad: gave up :sad: And now aren't I just a bitter and twisted bitch :angel: The rest of my family all played tennis from when they were young and are all pretty good (not pros or anything, though). But it's not for everyone. You shouldn't push young kids into learning a sport they may not like. I was always more a footy gal ;)

TM
Apr 24th, 2003, 06:25 AM
4-5 is the perfect time to start playing.

Gowza
Apr 24th, 2003, 07:24 AM
i turned 18 on the 9th of march this year and i started playing with friends once every couple of weeks in about october of last year and i've been playing comps since about the start of feb this year. and i can beat most of my friends who have been playing since they were about 8 so in my view it is never to late to start but also it doesn't matter how good you are because you can always find people that are at your standard.

salima
Apr 24th, 2003, 07:41 AM
The golden years of learning skills in sport is from 8-12. that has to do with biology and isa legcy from the time we all lived in caves.

my daughter started at 11 and now, a year later I canīt get a gamefrom her, so I guess 46 was a little too late to start :p

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 24th, 2003, 12:32 PM
The younger the better, I suspect. E.g. 12 is too late unless the brat has picked up similar skills from another sport (it would be interesting to know in the case of Clarisa Fernandez).

the cat
May 4th, 2003, 12:28 PM
No Posh. Five years old isn't too young to start playing tennis. But a five year old should be playing a couple different sports. Then over a period of time the child will decide which sports they like best. Whether it's a child, teen or young adult beginning at tennis, tennis is not easy to learn to play. Tennis is a frustrating sport. I would recommend lessons for the beginner because lessons would give the beginner the best chance to properly learn to play tennis and thus enjoy it. :D

maccardel
Jun 1st, 2003, 02:41 AM
These days u should start at 3 cos it won't give the prodigy a chance to say no since kids today can be so lazy and only want to watch barney, and silly cartoons. Getting them before they could speak will be the right time...they can never say they didn't like it and you can give the " after I've spent so much money on lessons and told everyone how good of a player you were" parent cry. The numskull will feel guilty and continue to play....it worked with my niece....

Gowza
Jun 1st, 2003, 03:03 AM
maccardel, golovin only started at 6 and she is called a prodigy.

maccardel
Jun 1st, 2003, 06:12 AM
maccardel, golovin only started at 6 and she is called a prodigy.


I was being scarcastic.

F-R-E-A-K
Jun 1st, 2003, 08:08 AM
Well i started at 12 and ive been playing for 4 years now and i wish i would have started around 7! But i think the perfect age to get it rolling would b 5.

Nikki
Jun 1st, 2003, 10:01 AM
I personally don't think there isn't a right age to start, just as long as the person who is playing is happy:)

F-R-E-A-K
Jun 1st, 2003, 10:05 AM
well it does matter where u want to go in tennis aswell!?