The Relationship Between Performances at U-14 International Youth Tournaments and Later Success in Tennis

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Title The Relationship Between Performances at U-14 International Youth Tournaments and Later Success in Tennis
Author Brouwers, Jessoe; Bosscher, Veerle De; Schaillee, Hebe; Truyens, Jasper; Sotiriadou, Popi
Journal Name Medicine and Science in Tennis
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Society for Tennis Medicine and Science
Abstract International athletes appear to be getting younger and national tennis federations and coaches often identify talent based on performances at youth tournaments. Sponsors prefer to invest in young players who have good on-court results. However, not much is known about the accuracy of youth performances as an indicator for later success. This article explores the relationship between performances at international under-14 (U14) tournaments and later success in tennis. Performance progress of players was examined using a bottom up and top down analysis based on the results of 3,521 players at U14 youth tournaments and the professional ranking of 727 male players and 779 female players. The results revealed that even though good performances at young ages increase the chance to becoming an elite athlete, they are not necessary to achieve later success. Performances at U14 youth tournaments seemed to have only a relative importance in the determination of later success.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Society for Tennis Medicine and Science. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 15
Issue Number 3
Page from 21
Page to 25
ISSN 1567-2352
Date Accessioned 2011-12-13
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Sport and Leisure Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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