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The difference with tennis....have u ever wondered!?

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I have always had the thought that the difference in class between a world class pro tennis player and a rec player was more pronounced than the difference in a sport like basketball, baseball, and so forth. I don't know why. And I also find it fascinating how tennis can be played on such a variety of surfaces with such a disparity in ability between the same players on each type. In many ways tennis is the most unique and engaging of sports.
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What do you mean by the class between a pro and a rec player?? If you're talking about the "classiness" of a tennis player, then I think that both rec and pro are much alike. And that is what sets tennis (and golf) apart from the other sports. You don't see people yelling at each other, smack-talking, etc etc. There is a certain etiquette that you follow, and it's just very simple, whereas in other sports, you have spitting (baseball and football) and patting each other in the ass (baseball, basketball, and football), and smashing opponents into walls (hockey).

But if you're talking about how people can be good on such different surfaces, I also think that that is what makes tennis unique. That's why I always when I hear people compare anything against tennis because they just don't know what it is and what it takes to actually be successful, whether professionally or recreationally.

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Well a rec golfer and a pro golfer can be quite close.
But a rec basketballer can't touch an NBA player.
A rec biker can't hang with a Tour de France rider.

I think the more the sport demands athleticism, the less the rec player can compete.

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Tennis is onew of a kind!
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BECAUSE tennis is all about the talent ;p
you need to be a good runner
need great reflex
you need big serve big groundstrokes
to be intelligent
need good nerves
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BECAUSE tennis is all about the talent ;p
you need to be a good runner
need great reflex
you need big serve big groundstrokes
to be intelligent
need good nerves

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BECAUSE tennis is all about the talent ;p
you need to be a good runner
need great reflex
you need big serve big groundstrokes
to be intelligent
need good nerves
Actually it's the opposite...it's not just about the talent. Tennis requires coaching more than other sports, people are rarely born with a good serve or backhand. It needs to be developed.
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Actually it's the opposite...it's not just about the talent. Tennis requires coaching more than other sports, people are rarely born with a good serve or backhand. It needs to be developed.
Then maybe instead of "talent" he should've used the words "adept at learning"

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what a load of crap. Seriously, tennis is a demanding sport but putting down other sports, thinking tennis is more difficult, is naive...

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I think that under the scoring system of tennis, slightly incompetent player has almost no chance to beat slightly better player.
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could not agree more!!!
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sports all take different skills, and that's why many different sports exist, the surface argument is tremendous for the adaptability necessary, but ultimately its the individuality of tennis, it is 1 on 1, in basketball if you're off, you get subbed, in tennis, that can't happen, and you do not have the crutch of a team to help you get by and learn on the fly, that is what is so fascinating, which is why WTT irritates me, i understand billie jean king's interest in making it similar to a team sport, but its like killing what makes tennis so unique, so, that is my comment

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Thanks to people like Nancy Loeffler Cairo and DeWonder Davis, the differential in play between local comp players like me and international 'stars' like Nancy is the least of any sport...


actually, im probably much better than them lol the reversal

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Well a rec golfer and a pro golfer can be quite close.
But a rec basketballer can't touch an NBA player.
A rec biker can't hang with a Tour de France rider.

I think the more the sport demands athleticism, the less the rec player can compete.
Well, you are partially right, Snooker isn't a sport physically very demanding but there's a difference of class between a rec snooker player and a pro.
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I have always had the thought that the difference in class between a world class pro tennis player and a rec player was more pronounced than the difference in a sport like basketball, baseball, and so forth. I don't know why. And I also find it fascinating how tennis can be played on such a variety of surfaces with such a disparity in ability between the same players on each type. In many ways tennis is the most unique and engaging of sports.
But most recreational tennis players don't get to play on different surfaces. Being from California, I have only played on a hard court.

I could not even imagine would it would be like to play on carpet, clay or grass considering I have never played on one.

So in that respect, there is a major difference between pros and rec players.
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