Mama, Don't Let Your Baby Go Pro


At 29 years old, Edouard Roger-Vasselin recently reached a career-high ranking in tennis, 65th-best in the world. He has yet to win a singles title and has earned almost $1.8 million in his career. He's 6-foot-2, wiry and unassuming—even ardent tennis fans might fail to notice him if he passed by on the sidewalk. In tennis, though, Roger-Vasselin is an exceedingly rare player: the child of a former top pro. Of all the men and women who appeared at this year's Wimbledon, Roger-Vasselin is the only one ranked inside the top 100 who had a parent who also ranked inside the top 100.


Other sports are famous for their family dynasties. Baseball has its Griffeys, football its Mannings, car racing its Earnhardts, Andrettis and Unsers. The combination of athletic genes...

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