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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2015, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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North Korean tennis!!1

This is not a troll thread at all. Last night I had one of these usual annoying sleepless nights (#insomnia) and I kinda randomly started to think about how I don't recall having ever seen any player from the Best Korea () in any pro draw, nor junior tourney.

After a quick search, CoreTennis gave me only 2 results: a pair of sisters, Susan and Heidy Doldan-Viales, who barely have played ever and whose name don't really sound Korean. CoreTennis sometimes gets some players' nationalities wrong, I googled the sisters' names and it looks like they're Paraguayan in the end.

So it got me to wonder: why ain't there any North Korean player apparently competing in tennis, when there are quite a few ones in South Korea? My guess is that tennis probably is dismissed as an evil capitalist sport of imperialist origins. Or maybe it's pretty obviously way too expensive given the country's economic situation?

Anybody has a clue? Does someone want to investigate on this very important issue with me?

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Nobody cares about Best Korea's tennis I bet y'all are henchmen of evil capitalistic and imperialist atlantists.: ras:

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Re: North Korean tennis!!1

I'm an evil capitalistic and imperialist but I guess in North Korea aren't interested in having professional sports. Furthermore, tennis is an international sport, and they don't like international.
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Well, sports traditionally are much encouraged in "socialist dictatorships" because they're a perfect way of adorning the facade of regimes that get so much criticism worldwide, plus in the socialist doctrine there's a strong cult of the body and of obsession with fitness as a weapon to build a prosperous socialist country; also sports are a pretty convenient way of cementing the people and getting them involved in the build of a "mutual dream" while providing some kind of entertainment - very useful when the reality of the humdrum life generally is very bleak and the restrictive regimes would cause many contained frustrations.

My guess is it's a matter of ideology - there's this typical Asian mentality of the sense of community being highly valued over individualism, and it's getting really caricatural when you're adding an uncompromising socialist doctrine to this deeply infused mentality. I'm pretty sure it's a political/ideological issue because NK do have pro teams in several other disciplines, they keep sending teams to the Olympics. They regularly organise "Mass Games" and all. I think I've read somewhere that they had some professional table tennis players. So why not "big tennis"? I think that tennis is ideologically despised as some sort of evil sort, plus as I said in my OP it's very likely that there's that problem of the cost of training a future champion and the expenses of a regular pro/traveling junior.
But I've got to the point where I wonder if there's some sort of "official veto" against this sport or something. This I'd be very interested to learn about.

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Re: North Korean tennis!!1

I want there to be NK tennis
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I had no idea this thread existed Forgive me Dear Leader.

I am confident that a Korean player could end this Fat Uncle Yank era of womens tennis. They had some world boxing champions on the womens side and they're womens football team is boss so they do know international.
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Re: North Korean tennis!!1

^ are you actually from North Korea?

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Re: North Korean tennis!!1

No, but I wish. Can't think of anything better than imposing my will on another human being.
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