Professional Tennis Players Who Started Late. April 25, 2020. September 7, 2019 by Ryan. Just like many other sports, tennis is quite unpredictable. A player may spend their whole career without getting a chance to shine, only to achieve incredible feats later in their careers. Many players struggled at the beginning of their careers, and some even got ranked in the top 10, all without winning any major titles until the very end of their careers.
The only example that comes to my mind is of John Isner. He turned pro when he was 22, after playing college level tennis for many years, which can be considered late by many standards. He is a noted top-20 player and has upset the likes of all-time greats like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. However, he got his major breakthrough in Wimbledon 2010, when he was 25.
Apr 17, 2015. #16. OP, the answer to your question is NO. It's way too late, even in the Challengers, put Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods or Usain Bolt on a tennis court after a couple of years of lessons and daily play and they'll still have their lunch fed to them by world #500 smoking a cigarette.
French player Cedric Pioline began playing tennis between the ages of 16 and 17. Being the offspring of two outstanding volleyball athletes, he was undoubtedly born with impressive athletic ability. In 1989, just a very few years after taking up tennis, he became a professional tennis player.
Bubba Watson was a marginal late-comer to the sport, first taking up the club at age 6. So is there any hope for Dan McLaughlin, who is attempting to go pro at age 33?
This is not always the case however, and history proves that some of the best athletes in the world were late bloomers. This means they may not have started playing the sport until they were in to their teen years (or possibly even later), or perhaps they did not show any skill or talent until they were much older and took everyone (including ...
Nick Kyrgios started at 6, but he was also playing competitive basketball, only started playing tennis seriously at 15. Younes El Aynaoui began playing tennis seriously as a teenager, and at 18 risked everything by going to the tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida to become a professional.
Joel Embiid didn't start playing basketball until age 15, or training to become a pro until age 16, and was drafted 3rd overall. Tim Duncan didn't start playing basketball until his freshman year of high school, and is now widely considered among the best to ever play. Steven Adams didn't star playing until age 15, and was later drafted 12th ...