Need proof that ‘tennis maturity’ arrives around age 25?
Posted by tennisplanet on October 7, 2007
The guy turned 25 this April. He is already riding a wave of career highs, in many categories.
For the first time in his career he has reached the single digits in ranking: No. 8. Has won three of his seven career titles, this year. For the first time, he reached the semifinal of a Grand Slam: US Open this year. Considering he is a clay court player, that has to get the attention of players, planning to go deep at next year’s clay season.
It’s not that he is bursting on to the scene. He has paid his dues by being on the tour for over seven years. Standing at merely 5’9″, it is an amazing achievement when the new cut off, to just survive today, is at least 6′.
He is the new, younger and shorter version of Canas. With so much stacked against him in today’s game, it will be interesting to see how far he can stretch it.
It is always a pleasure to see hard work, persistence and laser focus pay off. Even more worthy, when done against all odds, and on the surface not friendly to you.