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tennis requires concentration, but no vigilance

Hi, I am deliberately picking on you tennis buffs, but as a baseball player in a tennis family I always thought that baseball is a more demanding game.

Ask Agassi or the Williams sisters to serve with runners on base is an entirely different matter. The ball and the action is always in front of you in tennis. It does not appear to require much in the way of vigilance, just concentration.

In baseball, you have to constantly adjust with little feedback, because there are is much less action in the game. In tennis, you can show up drunk and your opponent can whip you into shape until you are playing well. In tennis, you win a point, you lose a point. You are on your own in baseball--your intensity is a purely private matter. Little in the way of give and take from your opponent.

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it requires hand eye co-ordination in particular, the ball is way smaller than basketball.
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You're joking, right? Try hitting a baseball at 95 mph when the guy has a curve or a slider as well--and of course if he hits you in the head with it, you're dead--

Ping pong and badminton also take hand eye, but nothing requires more than hitting...
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Tennis requires more running, and changing direction quickly. It also requires strength and accuracy, unlike baseball where the aim is just to hit it as far out as possible.
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OK for running and changing direction. But the ball is always in motion. You need to be patient in baseball, and then react quickly. You have the time to daydream in baseball, but you can't. In tennis it because a mere athletic match. But that's just my opinion as a baseball player.
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You are on your own in baseball--your intensity is a purely private matter.
If you think you're "on your own" in baseball - a TEAM SPORT, for chrissakes - how much more on your own would you be in tennis, an individual sport?

In baseball... there are other people on your side actively contributing towards the final result. In tennis... it's all down to you, and even your coach isn't allowed to communicate with you. That's as intense as it gets, frankly.
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Also, baseball = rounders. Over here that's what primary school girls play. I don't think anyone plays it after the age of 11. It certainly isn't a proper sport.
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You're pretty much on your own, with little preparation, when you step into the batter's box or on the pitcher's mound, or alone out there in center field. But preparing for errors that other people can make, now that is composure. You can't control that.
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Also, baseball = rounders. Over here that's what primary school girls play. I don't think anyone plays it after the age of 11. It certainly isn't a proper sport.
Thats the same with in Australia. No one plays anything like baseball over the age of primary school
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jujupassion - I appreciate the lively debate but the physical preparation involved in both sports is a given except to say that there is no way a pitcher could play the next day. Pitching is just too strenous an activity. Sure technique is an issue in both sports but no vigilance is required in tennis.
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If you think you're "on your own" in baseball - a TEAM SPORT, for chrissakes - how much more on your own would you be in tennis, an individual sport?

In baseball... there are other people on your side actively contributing towards the final result. In tennis... it's all down to you, and even your coach isn't allowed to communicate with you. That's as intense as it gets, frankly.

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Hi, I am deliberately picking on you tennis buffs, but as a baseball player in a tennis family I always thought that baseball is a more demanding game.

Ask Agassi or the Williams sisters to serve with runners on base is an entirely different matter. The ball and the action is always in front of you in tennis. It does not appear to require much in the way of vigilance, just concentration.

In baseball, you have to constantly adjust with little feedback, because there are is much less action in the game. In tennis, you can show up drunk and your opponent can whip you into shape until you are playing well. In tennis, you win a point, you lose a point. You are on your own in baseball--your intensity is a purely private matter. Little in the way of give and take from your opponent.

I'll be at the French Open this year, so proving me wrong might help me enjoy it more.
Have you ever tried playing tennis?
I think the reason that tennis is not as popular as the other sports (like baseball) is just because it is so hard to learn while basketball and baseball are things that can more or less be self-taught (very few baseball players ever take private lessons). While no sport is "easy" I can tell you that tennis requires much more time and energy than baseball (having played both at a relatively high level).
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Also, baseball = rounders. Over here that's what primary school girls play. I don't think anyone plays it after the age of 11. It certainly isn't a proper sport.
The British definition of a sport is standing around, CRICKET
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