There is no one-size-fits-all approach to becoming a world-class tennis player. What’s more, the average tennis career is getting longer.
At the end of February 2022, more than a fifth of the world’s Top-100 male players were aged 32 or over compared to six a decade ago.
The oldest Top-100 player in 2012 was 33. Now, 11 players between 34 and 40 are operating in the Top-100. With players having more time on their side, there is less rush to dive straight into the professional game.
An increasing number are turning to the US college route, which has numerous tangible benefits that make it an attractive option.