Re: What is tennis?
(I'm not going to win any fans with this thread but this isn't being posted to antagonise anyone. I'm posting this out of genuine curiosity. Also, this issue may have been taken up before in several threads. I'm new here, so close or delete this by all means if it isn't a valid thread. Leave the though, please.)
Ok, very simple question. I'm just wondering because whenever a "pusher" is beaten this forum in general perceives it as a "win" for tennis. Is it really only hitting winners (and many UEs too) that is considered to be proper tennis?
The majority of this forum sees the pusher as "undeserving" of whatever they achieve, and deserving of whatever they don't. To those people: Is it because you find it boring? If it is then I suggest you find a new sport. How can any achievement in a professional sport be "fake" or undeserved, unless it is done by cheating? The rules of tennis accommodate for defence as well as attack, don't they? I suppose Evander Holyfield was a disgrace to boxing for being a counter puncher.
In no other sport is there seemingly such universal hate for a style of play.
I just want to know the reasoning behind the hate of "pushers" on this forum, so please respond if you have anything meaningful to say. Thanks.
Positive tennis celebrates human perfection and technical mastery. Negative tennis preys on human weakness.
The problem with negative tennis is that it mainly wins by default.
Notice that I make the distinction between positive/negative vs aggressive/defensive. It is possible to play positive tennis as a defensive player. Usually such players are called counter-punchers.
And this is before going into aesthetics.
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.