Late bloomers.

24 Feb

Over the past 10 years alone I have coached in excess of 25 players who have plied their tennis overseas, most of them at US Colleges. It is a great thing to see players strive and achieve their dreams. And many of these players were “also ran” juniors. What they had was the ability to not lose sight of their dreams, and to stick at the task in hand.

You don’t have to be a child prodigy to go places in tennis. In Australia we have had many examples of the “late bloomer” on the world stage – Wayne Arthurs, a doubles journeyman until his late twenties, went on to win his first ATP tour singles title after turning 30, Peter Luczak much the same; even Sam Stosur to some degree is a classic late bloomer. Top 50-100 most of her early career, now late 20’s and she is a WTA top tenner.

You could even argue Pat Rafter fits the bill – whilst he did breakthrough as a 19 year old – as a junior Rafter could not make Queensland state teams. The message here is simple – sometimes it is the player that starts late, has a real passion for the game in their more enlightened years, has not suffered “burn out” and does not take things for granted that pushes through to be the better player. This is why all juniors should stay involved and engaged with the sport. Keep chipping away at your targets and goals and look to achieve that breakthrough.

Like everyone’s Mum used to say – “Better late than never”

The PRO.

PS. check out the link which is a good example of one such player.

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