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How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

Honest question that just popped into my head: Since this forum is run as a business and the possibility could never be ruled out, how much of an impact would it have on your enthusiasm for tennis if it would, for some reason, close tomorrow?

I have to say that it would rob a good part of the fun for me, ever since I joined this forum I watch a lot more matches and tend to get more involved with everything.

This forum has some of the most annoying & vile people I`ve ever met on the net but still, there's enough of nice and funny people around to add value to the daily tennis experience for me. I would still watch tennis without it of course but without having anybody to talk to about it (none of my friends or family care in any shape or form for tennis), I would for sure spend a lot less time with it.

I guess one could assume that another forum would fill the void but I`ve seen big forums of other topics go down, leaving the community scattered and it was never the same again.

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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

15%? I dunno. The question is so abstract, I'm not good at sorting abstract stuff
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I pretty much agree with your whole post. Especially what you said about your family and friends not caring about tennis in any way. My friends make fun of me sometimes when they realize how much time I spend on here

Before TF, I only ever REALLY followed the Grand Slams and checked up on Maria's results from time to time. So I guess by joining TF, my love for tennis in general grew as well.


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A lot less fun. If nothing decent would pop up to replace it, I'd probably end up starting my own tennis forum.

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I would die a thousand deaths without tf
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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

Not a lot of my friends watch tennis, so it's nice to have a place to discuss the matches I watch. If TF closed I'd still be completely obsessed with tennis, but I'd miss having that outlet to talk about it.

Plus, were it not for TF I would have never been introduced to the spectacular deity that is the Empress. She'd still be Jankovic. And facepalm-worthy would never have become a part of my daily vocabulary


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Enthusiasm and a lack of sleep can be dangerous.

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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

Nice thread! You took the words out of my mouth!

It'd be less fun without TF

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It would definitely means more sleep for me..
but a lot less fun(+knowledge) following the wta

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I have to say that it would rob a good part of the fun for me, ever since I joined this forum I watch a lot more matches and tend to get more involved with everything.
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And i would miss all the funny and hot pics of all the beautyful women..
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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

Depends what one calls fun? If it was only banter then would be fun. I could do without the verbal abuse toward players and other posters. It takes a while to find some gems here. There is more of it outside of GM. It is definitely great to keep up to date.

Btw. this topic belongs among the good ones
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Yes I totally agree !

My love for tennis grew a loooot when I first arrived on TF (in 2006 then I registered and overcame my shyness and now 15k posts ), it allowed me to follow pretty much all tournaments, to know much more about other players, it sparkled any interest about journeywomen.... I was able to keep up on drama, and stuff...
And fans of course ! My brothers are into rugby, my parents dislike tennis, and the few friends I had hate tennis. They make fun of me a lot though. They love to troll me. But then they were not interested so their troll only lasted a few hours (2006 Wimbledon final rofl).

Soooo TF got very veryyy entertaining from that point of view. I was able to analyse tennis, to learn infos, but there are sites about it. The biggest difference is that I can laugh, argue, rejoice or be bitter with fellow tennis fans. I didn't feel alone nor stupid anymore for caring about a mere tennis match.

Look, my fave retired, but I keep coming here because despite all sad haters we can meet here, it's a fantastic place where I met great people and where I can still chill out about my favourite sport.
When I stopped coming here for months this year, I stopped following tennis at all. Once I came back, bam, back to Tennis land.

Last thing, I won't thank my english teachers for my level of english. Thank you TF and everyone out here. (and that helped me to pass my exams as I scored a great grade in english which saved them )

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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

This place can be fun but the worst quality about it is that it kills any form of objectivity in people. I only joined in 2008 and I have to say prior to that, watching tennis was far more entertaining (even if I didn't have a female favourite back then). I could enjoy tennis and not get too involved in wanting other players to lose or worry about people's opinions when my own fav, Nadal, lost. However on here the frequent arguments and gif wars and the trolls and certain unmentionables who seem to take their disdain too far really can put you off a certain player who they stan for, even if you try hard not to let it affect you. That's simply because that prior objectivity you held for a player has been destroyed because some peeps have annoyed you to the extent where you want to see their fav lose so you have something to bash them with. You see it all the time here, when a player loses, some people automatically start taking shots at that players' fanbase, and there's very few people on here who don't get involved in these things.

So all in all this place is definitely entertaining, but in the long run it makes watching tennis much less 'fun' due to the lost objectivity as it just leaves you wanting results to piss people off and flame them with a lot of the time rather than for your own personal objective enjoyment
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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

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I pretty much agree with your whole post. Especially what you said about your family and friends not caring about tennis in any way. My friends make fun of me sometimes when they realize how much time I spend on here

Before TF, I only ever REALLY followed the Grand Slams and checked up on Maria's results from time to time. So I guess by joining TF, my love for tennis in general grew as well.
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Not only is the site entertaining even if it can be sometimes over dramatically chaotic, emotional, and occasionally retarded its a means for conversing with other fans and a great place to get information on players.

My love for this sport grew once I started lurking/joined because my knowledge of the sport's ins and outs grew. The players were no longer stats on the tour site and people on tv, they were actually people which allowed me to not only continue my fandom of one player, but also be exposed to younger, up and coming players one of which has become my current favorite.

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Ladies and gentlemen of TennisForum, I'm just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my minivan... and run off into the hills, or wherever. Sometimes when I get a PM on the forum, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know--as much as this forum is full of nasty backstabbing people who I wouldn't want to meet in real life, it has many bits of information that I couldn't find back in the days before we could create fire, and many pleasing pictures of sweaty women in short skirts. Think of the time before this 'Internet!' Try finding the scores for a challenger tournament in your local paper, or waiting for your favorite player to show at the U.S. Open only to find that she broke her ankle at Newport and is done for the season! Try cooking popcorn on a hot rock! Try following a herd of mastodons with with a pebble in your Doc Martens! Thank you.

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Re: How much less fun would tennis be for you without TF?

I'm in the same boat as those that have mentioned none of their family or friends really take any interest in tennis. Scotland is such a football(soccer) country and I can't stand it. Maybe I'd be better off if I were a Murray fan? But I really do prefer WTA so much more.

So yeah. TF is a great way of keeping up to date with tennis and for discussing current tournies/venting etc. Things I couldn't do with friends. I also use TF exclusively for looking up results. Not really sure why. Only joined in 2010 and I can say with confidence that I'm so much more knowledgeable of the Sport as a result of some of the various threads that have been posted on GM.

I also have no issues with some of the more... unusual posters on TF. It makes for some interesting reading. I have to say that my vocabulary has expanded quite significantly and some of the GIFS in result threads give me so much life. (An example of my new vocabulary )
The inner queen in me thrives off of GM sometimes

I'm still pretty young. Hopefully I will be able to snag some good tennis fans for friends over the years and then maybe I'd spend a little less time on TF. Still. It's nice to know TF is there for all your needs. I swear my friends must have thought I was crazy last week for showing up for drinks in a downer after the Rome F (Li Na fan) . TF would understand.
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