Tennis similarities with figure skating - TennisForum.com

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
Women's locker room towel-guy
 
Spirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,511
                     
Tennis similarities with figure skating

Apropos of almost nothing (besides the fact that the Figure Skating World Championships are about to start), here are some similarities between figure skating and tennis which I find interesting. In both sports:
  • The sport is extremely global and highly popular. Athletes come from all over the world, and different events are held all over the world. Athletes choose which events to sign up for in advance, and receive ranking points based upon their performances. Some of these events form a set called a "Grand Prix."
  • At these events, each discipline holds contests at different age levels.
  • Top athletes are lured to events by cash and/or gift incentives.
  • Ladies wear skirts on the field of play, unlike in any other major sport.
  • The top female athletes are, by and large, household names (Fleming, Kwan, Graf, King, etc.).
  • A good portion of the women are babes.
  • One of the sport's female icons (Peggy Fleming, Billie Jean King) is regarded as opening various doors for all other female athletes in the late '60's / early '70's. (King more so than Fleming, of course. Hell, King more so than anyone.)
  • Athletes can compete as individuals and in teams of two. Some do both.
  • The sport contains an awful lot of Russian athletes.
  • The management agency IMG has their hands in the sport up to their elbows, to the extent that they can influence the calendar of events, and represent a lot of the athletes.
  • For the most part, once an athlete has taken the field of play, they're on their own until the job is complete. The coach cannot do a thing.
  • The worldwide organization is made up of national federations or associations, each of which works with the International Olympic Committee.
  • In addition to international "regular" competition, someone started a league of teams, with each team representing a given city, and devised rules for team play and a season-long schedule leading to a league championship. These leagues aren't very well known by the public (in fact, for figure skating this just happened recently).
  • A perfect score (at least for now) in figure skating is represented by a series of 6.0's. A perfect score in tennis is represented by a series of 6-0's.

Of course there are interesting differences (beyond the obvious). In tennis, men's finals are always played last at coed tournaments, thereby signifying that that is the main event. In figure skating, the ladies' competition is always decided last, as they are the most popular.

Also: Tennis has player unions and associations. Skaters can't / won't dare form such a thing, perhaps out of fear that they'll be judged on the ice for making too much noise off of it.

And last, but certainly not least...figure skating only has one surface.
Spirit is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 09:40 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Neuchâtel
Posts: 11,064
                     
fundamental difference: not all male tennis players look like homosexuals (not that there's anything wrong with it)
switz is offline  
post #3 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 09:51 PM
Sunset, Moonrise, Winter
 
Sam L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Shangri-La
Posts: 35,188
                     
One more big similarity.

In tennis, there is the "Grand Slam" consisting of Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

In figure skating, there is also the "Grand Slam" consisting of World Championships, Olympic Games and European Championships. (This is somewhat an antiquated notion, but still)
Sam L is offline  
post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:27 PM
Senior Member
 
schris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Germany
Posts: 5,760
                     
Katarina Witt = Steffi Graf

Stefanie Graf - Queen of the Courts - The Best Single Player Ever!




Friday, 13 August 1999



"I`ve Done What I`ve Wanted To Do.

I Have Nothing More To Prove."
schris is offline  
post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
Women's locker room towel-guy
 
Spirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,511
                     
Duh! :::slaps forehead::: I forgot the most obvious (and crappiest) example. Both sports have suffered a bizarre incident in which a top-level woman was attacked in public by the follower of a rival, solely for reasons of sport.

Less than a year apart, no less.

I don't want the thread to deliniate into a discussion about all that, I just thought it was worth mentioning, because it is bizarre.
Spirit is offline  
post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
Women's locker room towel-guy
 
Spirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,511
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by switz
fundamental difference: not all male tennis players look like homosexuals (not that there's anything wrong with it)
True.
Spirit is offline  
post #7 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:33 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: In the sky with Miss Bovina
Posts: 3,702
                     
Quote:
The top female athletes are, by and large, household names
Not as much as tennis... I think even most sports fans couldn't name more than 1 or 2 skaters.

Quote:
The sport contains an awful lot of Russian athletes.
Yes, but Russian skaters win sometimes, and there's always one in Top 5. Russian tennis players suck, and have always sucked... (Sorry, Lena. )
Leena is offline  
post #8 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
Women's locker room towel-guy
 
Spirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,511
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by schris
Katarina Witt = Steffi Graf
Oh, yeah. Now if Steffi will just take her clothes off in Playboy...

I've often read (separately) that both women were hugely regarded in Germany. I've always wondered if they ever got together at an athletes' banquet or something and swapped notes. Steffi was from West, Kat from East, of course, but those two really do personify Germany's athletic output of the '80's.
Spirit is offline  
post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:42 PM
drinking
 
Linnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: condo hell
Posts: 9,490
                     
Very interesting post. Thanks, Spirit! You know, I was thinking the same thing while watching the skating on TV on Sunday

AMÉLIE ALWAYS

Linnie is offline  
post #10 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:46 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 956
                     
So who are the Venus and Serena of Figure Skating?

No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent

- Eleanor Roosevelt


Until the philosophy which holds one race
Superior and another inferior
Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned
Everywhere is war, me say war...

- Bob Marley/Haile Selassie
calabar is offline  
post #11 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
Women's locker room towel-guy
 
Spirit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,511
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by calabar
So who are the Venus and Serena of Figure Skating?
Sadly, I don't think that's one of the similarities.
Spirit is offline  
post #12 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 10:53 PM
Senior Member
 
brunof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Michelle Kwan Rocks
Posts: 4,932
                     
Poor Michelle
brunof is offline  
post #13 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 11:13 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: In the sky with Miss Bovina
Posts: 3,702
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by switz
fundamental difference: not all male tennis players look like homosexuals (not that there's anything wrong with it)
This is a biggie too...

Look at Russian tennis males: Marat, uber-babe even though he's crazy. Yevgeny, cute. Youzhny, cute.

That blonde Russian skater, whatever his name is, he just looks so fruity...
Leena is offline  
post #14 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 11:21 PM
psychotic banana
 
1jackson2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 3,022
                     
You mean Alexei Yagudin?

Tennis is Life.

V.E.S.W.
Wimbledon 00, 01, 05, 07, 08
US Open 00, 01
1jackson2001 is offline  
post #15 of 42 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2003, 11:22 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: In the sky with Miss Bovina
Posts: 3,702
                     
I don't know... something like that.
Leena is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome