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Early specialization in sports: A factor to be considered in Brazilian tennis players?

Photographer: Hedeson Alves


The ranking conquered by tennis players in the International Tennis Federation’s Junior Circuit (ITFJC) has been considered an important tool to forecast results in the professional circuit. For years, Brazil stands out as one of the countries with the highest number of successful tennis players in this circuit, equating to some of the world’s greatest powers in tennis, such as Argentina, USA and France (Reid et al., 2007). Through a brief analysis of the ITFJC boys ranking it is possible to observe that Brazil had, from 2005 to 2015, 10 tennis players among the ITFJC Top 10; two of them led this ranking and six of them were among the Top 5.

However, differently than what has been observed in other countries, Brazilian success in the ITFJC has not been converted into a high number of successful tennis players in the professional circuit. While Argentina, France and USA emerge as powers in the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) singles rank with 8, 12 and 8 tennis players, respectively, among the ATP Top 100, Brazil has only two athletes in this condition (ranking consulted on 3rd of July 2016).

Professional tennis’ success is known to have a multifactorial origin. After a literature review on this topic, Crespo et al. (2003) reported that elite tennis players development is influenced by several factors, among which some are highlighted: country’s tradition in the sport; competitive opportunities; training conditions; infrastructure quality; weather; coaches level and application; access to clubs and courts; and the presence of elite tennis players to serve as a role model.

With no claim to drain the topic and admitting the scenario of low productivity of studies regarding tennis in Brazil (Cortela et al., 2016), the present study aims to debate how Brazilian contextual specificities, regarding the training and competitive system, might be impacting on the development of Brazilian tennis players during athletic development stages.

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