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Rafe306
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:13 AM
I think tennis should be about finesse. To me the sport is an art. What do you all think??

Art=Power (my bad)

stevos
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:13 AM
In the words of Radio...

I like bofe.

cellophane
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:23 AM
I assume the second option was meant to be "power"? :scratch: I like both definitely.

darrinbaker00
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:29 AM
Would the Evert-Navratilova rivalry have been as exciting (or, for that matter, as frequent) if both had the same playing style? N-O! Variety, ladies and gentlemen, is indeed the spice of life. ;)

lecciones
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:35 AM
Tennis is actually called the Sport of Kings, and this is because the sport is supposed to value thinking more than power. There is a beautiful article about the sport done way before the power era. I will find the link here when I have the time.

-sugi-
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:40 AM
Finesse, personally, but I don't really care. I like both.

Andy.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:40 AM
For me there is nothing better than Power tennis like Masha, Mary, Lindsay, Venus and Serena at their best. Watching Venus v Masha at Wimbledon 05 was awesome.

hectopascal
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:41 AM
I don't like art at all, so I voted finesse ;) . Your choices cracked me up at work so everyone came to look at what I was reading :lol: !

hingisGOAT
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:49 AM
For me there is nothing better than Power tennis like Masha, Mary, Lindsay, Venus and Serena at their best. Watching Venus v Masha at Wimbledon 05 was awesome.

i'm trying to decide which was the best part of this match: the unforced errors, predictable rallies, lack of any variety, or the blowout second set :confused:

anyway there is no question that finesse tennis is more dynamic and captivating than power tennis. for those with an untrained tennis eye, however, i can understand the allure of fast shots

darrinbaker00
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:54 AM
i'm trying to decide which was the best part of this match: the unforced errors, predictable rallies, lack of any variety, or the blowout second set :confused:

anyway there is no question that finesse tennis is more dynamic and captivating than power tennis. for those with an untrained tennis eye, however, i can understand the allure of fast shots
Which would you rather watch: a Williams-Sharapova slugfest, or an Austin-Jaeger moonball fight from the early 1980s?

lecciones
Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:05 AM
I'd watch the controlled and constructed and dynamic shots of Martina against a powerful yet controlled and constructed dynamic shot of Monica Seles.

Ben.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:07 AM
I like both, but if i'm playing i prefer to hit with power.

Andy.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:07 AM
i'm trying to decide which was the best part of this match: the unforced errors, predictable rallies, lack of any variety, or the blowout second set :confused:

anyway there is no question that finesse tennis is more dynamic and captivating than power tennis. for those with an untrained tennis eye, however, i can understand the allure of fast shots
Did you watch that match the rallies were breath taking. And dont give me the untrained tennis eye crap. people have there own opinion you cant say finesse is more excting or captivating, to you it may be but you cant speak for everyone. Its all a matter of opinion and preference.

stefi62
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:08 AM
For me there is nothing better than Power tennis like Masha, Mary, Lindsay, Venus and Serena at their best.

Totally agree! :worship:

Lulu.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:08 AM
Power Tennis :cool:

Vacant
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:18 AM
Definitely power tennis, as some of the rallies take your breath away.

But I love to see a bit of both, it's why I love Vee vs Hingis matches. :drool:

Mina Vagante
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:25 AM
i'd much rather watch power tennis, but i dont mind watching finese aswell

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:27 AM
Both.

Though I hate the cutsie cutsie type of play. To me, it's prentencious(sp) and ultimately as unappealing as 80 UEs from blasting away from the baseline.

gotthebend
Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:02 AM
I choose "fitness" over power.:p But when it comes to long rallies, I find men's more exciting, perhaps due to their physical strength.

Louis Cyphre
Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:12 AM
I think tennis should be about finesse. To me the sport is an art. What do you all think??

Art=Power (my bad)

I vote for Art coz for me its = finesse
But now i`m :eek: :eek: :eek: How can you put Art=Power :eek: :lol:

CORIA01
Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:59 AM
Finesse By Far!!!

Ferosh
Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:07 AM
A mixture of both.

Talula
Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:14 AM
Finesse and art. Power can be exciting, but I saw the Sharapova/Dementieva match live at Wimbledon last year and it was tedious. Power has to have some art, without it power is just boring.

Golovin&Jankovic
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:24 AM
A mixture of both.

I agree

SoClose
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:13 PM
Power :)

Tenis Srbija
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:15 PM
Combined :) But more power ;)

frenchie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:31 PM
finesse for me by far!

bring on Hingis, Myskina, Chakvetadze, Kirilenko.....

BTW I don't consider the Williams sisters as pure power players. They can do a lot of things with a racket including volleys, great defense.....I love watching them play.

On the contrary, $harapova is very boring to me because all she can do is hitting hard from side to side with no variety and spray 156874321565 errors. Brrrrrrrrr

laurie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 01:24 PM
Definitely both. Don't see why that category couldn't be in the poll.

A few examples:

Brenda Schultz would hit a big serve and follow it up with a stop volley, power and touch in the same point. Mary Pierce regularly combines power with good touch shots at net, so does Amelie and Justine. Svetlana is constantly trying to improve her volleys and in fact, she always plays convetional volleys now, she hardly hits drive volleys. Steffi Graf had the powerful forehand and yet an incredibly subtle and brilliant sliced backhand.

Of course, Sampras is the perfect example in the men's side who combined power and touch for 10 years, with his big serve which had a lot of spin and his big forehand, along with an array of stop volleys, touch volleys and half volleys. Tommy Haas and David Nalbandian are also guys who can combine power and touch today.

Even Conchita Martinez who didn't have a lot of power overall, had a pretty big forehand and could hit winners off it anywhere on the court. Everyone must use power (whatever percentage is required for them) as part of their game at the highest level.

Tennisaddict
Mar 22nd, 2007, 01:39 PM
I like both for example the final at Wimby 2006 was really exciting to watch.
I do prefer the high caliber minimum errors against lots of winners all out play that Serena, Venus and Maria can and have played though. That´s just :drool: to watch.

A combination of both styles is also beautiful like Serena versus Justine.

new-york
Mar 22nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
i enjoy watching one dimensional boom-boom matches more but yeah, both is definitely the best.

rjd1111
Mar 22nd, 2007, 02:20 PM
Serena Williams:

"I don't get the credit; I use more angles than anyone," said Serena,"A lot of people started using angles because of me. In that sense, we're not getting credit.

"They're saying we're athletic or run well but don't say: 'That was a good play to hit behind that girl.'"

"They say, 'Look at the athleticism of her game.' It's never she won because she used finesse.

"I don't hit every ball hard. That's what I did when I was losing. When I first broke in the top 100 I stopped that because you can't hit hard like that.

"Some shots I will hit hard but not every ball. I'm not just using my power."

Vlover
Mar 22nd, 2007, 02:29 PM
"Power" tennis to me represents high offense, taking the initiative, creating shots, exciting and riveting tennis. Occasional drop shots, volleys, and lobs should be employed but its not a requirement by me in order to enjoy a match.

Quite frankly I find that its only so called tennis "elites" who are concerned about the "finesse" of the game. Most people who bother to watch couldn't care less about how the winners are achieved. I just appreciate more the players who want to hit winners than those who just wait for ue as a strategy. The brain power required for such strategy is beyond me. It's just logical that the person who is going to take the risk is going to have more error than the one who's just safely returning the ball.:shrug:

John.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:03 PM
I enjoy both

Il Primo!
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:07 PM
For me there is nothing better than Power tennis like Masha, Mary, Lindsay, Venus and Serena at their best. Watching Venus v Masha at Wimbledon 05 was awesome.

:worship: :hearts:

lolas
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:18 PM
It's the mixture of both. Nowadays champions must have a complete game if they want to win slams. I don't consider Serena as a power player, her game is quite complete.

miffedmax
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:21 PM
Would the Evert-Navratilova rivalry have been as exciting (or, for that matter, as frequent) if both had the same playing style? N-O! Variety, ladies and gentlemen, is indeed the spice of life. ;)

Good grief! This is like the 3rd time this week I've agreed with DB!

;) :lol:

Different playing styles make for interesting tennis.

miffedmax
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:33 PM
"Power" tennis to me represents high offense, taking the initiative, creating shots, exciting and riveting tennis. Occasional drop shots, volleys, and lobs should be employed but its not a requirement by me in order to enjoy a match.

Quite frankly I find that its only so called tennis "elites" who are concerned about the "finesse" of the game. Most people who bother to watch couldn't care less about how the winners are achieved. I just appreciate more the players who want to hit winners than those who just wait for ue as a strategy. The brain power required for such strategy is beyond me. It's just logical that the person who is going to take the risk is going to have more error than the one who's just safely returning the ball.:shrug:

I see your point, but I think we've moved beyond the time when talking about finesse was a euphimism for "I don't like Vee and Ree."

Nobody in the Top 100 just hits the ball hard, and nobody in the Top 100 plays only with finesse.

I would argue that Ree and Vee (as well as Masha, Lena D., and a few others) play a power game. That doesn't mean a good power hitter doesn't use angles, or have a strategy that maximizes her strengths as a player, or that they are just mindless ball bashers (see K. Sprem). And certainly the better power players have an arsenal that includes drop shots, slices, etc. that are made even more effective because they're less expected.

Likewise, I've seen players I consider to be more finesse based just whap the crap out of the ball--when she was on, good ol' Nasty Myskina was the mistress of hitting four or five junk balls in a row, then smacking a hard winner that caught her opponent totally off guard.

I think there's been a stigma to being labled a "power" player because it was a slap at Venus and Serena for so long (and, in truth, at Martina Navritalova back in her day).

Younger players like TOB, though, seem to embrace the description. I think it's high time everyone agreed that "power" does not equal "brainless" and that "finesse" does not equal "weak."

papru
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:58 PM
dfl Finesse

Wayn77
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:10 PM
A combination of both:

POWER+FINESSE+ATTACK = :drool:

fufuqifuqishahah
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:13 PM
i love it when someone can fuck the ball so hard but then slice a mean side spin drop shot from 500 yards behind the baseline for their next shot

tennisjunky
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:15 PM
the best tennis includes both power and finess. roger can blast with the best of them but he has good touch and feel as well. a player that combines what hingis can do and what serena (and masha) can do will be the best ever.

if having to chose one or the other. two power hitters are more entertaining for me when they're on (venus vs. davenport wimby final 2005, capriatti vs. serena, masha vs. serena)

why do people consider justine to be a finess player and not a power player. she has almost everyshot and is one of the best in finess, but her game is a power game. it's centered around power and she's one of the most agressive players on tour. just because she owns everyshot doesn't make her a finess player. the truth is she has a big bag of tricks, but for the most part she blast winners off the forehand and backhand all day long.

Volcana
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:28 PM
It's not an either/or proposition. I like as much power in the game as the players are fast enough to run down. Or knowledgeable enough to avoid having to run down. The OZ final this year was enjoyable as retribution for Serena against her detractors, but as a match it sucked. Sharapova simply isn't fast enough to track down Serena's angles when Serena moves into the court. When Sharapova is playing well, she gets pace AND depth, prevented Serena from moving in and getting sharp angles.

Henin is fast enough to catch up with more of Serena's shots, and skilled enough to hit nasty shots in return. She's also knows how to keep the game 'narrow', so Serena doesn't get as many angles to hit. Mauresmo has basically the same skillset as Henin, but she's slower. And Serena leads their H2H 10-2.

Ultimately though, power or finesse, it's all about what's going on between the ears. Which, incidently, is why coaching in tennis is bad.

Craigy
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
i'm trying to decide which was the best part of this match: the unforced errors, predictable rallies, lack of any variety, or the blowout second set :confused:

anyway there is no question that finesse tennis is more dynamic and captivating than power tennis. for those with an untrained tennis eye, however, i can understand the allure of fast shots

Just because someone's opinion is different from yours doesn't mean they're wrong. So stop getting at people just because they prefer power tennis :rolleyes:

Nicolás89
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:33 PM
my favourites have finesse in their game i just love that old fashioned style and also i like some power girls but for me the most enjoyable tennis is an equation of both

Finesse+Power= Justine Henin

KV
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:34 PM
Would the Evert-Navratilova rivalry have been as exciting (or, for that matter, as frequent) if both had the same playing style? N-O! Variety, ladies and gentlemen, is indeed the spice of life. ;)Probably not. But Navratilova - Mandlikova who both played serve & volley showed all the shots in the game more than in the Navratilova - Evert rivalry.
I like both with small adv. to the power tennis.

lynch79
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:03 PM
Finesse.

When I watch a dropshot played from behind the baseline, followed by a lob, to me THIS is tennis. We all know who uses this type of play, don't we?

Serge007
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:23 PM
roger can blast with the best of them but he has good touch
yeah. Roger is genie.

Sexysova
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:28 PM
Finesse!

winone23
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:30 PM
Power tennis :worship: :worship: :worship:

MisterMan
Mar 22nd, 2007, 06:33 PM
I would have voted for "Power" as you mentioned in the title..but you didn't give it as an option :help: :confused:

Direwolf
Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:22 PM
Finesse.

When I watch a dropshot played from behind the baseline, followed by a lob, to me THIS is tennis. We all know who uses this type of play, don't we?

yes...
very exciting...
especially if played on every point..!!!


I like Justine n Venuss style of game...
I like how both of them set up points then
go and finish it off at the NET..!!!

RJWCapriati
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:08 PM
Finesse

jazar
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:19 PM
finesse. i like to watch a player construct a point and use their mind, but i hate it when they hack. i hate it when they just try and smack a winner of every shot. that is boring