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I'm just wondering about this. Is 5 years old too young? :confused:
 

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oh and also, what racquets do you recommend for young beginners (5-8 years old)?
 

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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....
 

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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
 

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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....
[email protected] RAKET bag made out of melanie's hair

Nice one Phoenix
 
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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
 
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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
 

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Actually, I'm pretty sure Clarissa had been playing tennis since she was young, but started training for the pros at 14 or 15.
 

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Unless your goal is to become a pro, no age is a "bad" age to start.
 

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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.
 

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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 ;)
 

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4-5 is the perfect time to start playing.
 

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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.
 

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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 can´t get a gamefrom her, so I guess 46 was a little too late to start :p
 

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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).
 

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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
 
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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....
 
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