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Bjorn99
02-19-2007, 10:03 AM
versus, former champions questions.

I was just going through that special issue of photographs from 2006, that had a lot of emphasis on Agassi, but had other dramatic pictures from the past year. Well I have to tell you, I saw two pictures, that I don't think I have seen that type of athleticism in the game prior to.

Tursonov and Monfils were respectively, three and four and half feet in the air, hitting forehands at the French Open. Now, I could scarcely believe what I was seeing. I still can hardly believe it. I can honestly say, that it was something to behold. The game, which has always been very physical, HAS become unbelievably physical.

You look at players from the past and see a lot of very fit people. Navritilova, Lendl, Borg, Laver etc... were all very fit. But I didn't see anyone off the air and looking very comfortable doing it. That IS what I see being different now.

Andres
02-19-2007, 12:10 PM
4.5 feet is 1.37 meters.
I have yet to see a basketball player with that huge vertical leap. Haven't seen one.

Don't exagerate, please.

travlerajm
02-19-2007, 12:20 PM
The OP has been known to exaggerate before.

legendaryprodigy23
02-19-2007, 12:25 PM
But I didn't see anyone off the air and looking very comfortable doing it. That IS what I see being different now.

Have ya ever seen Pete Sampras do his Jumpin Overheads he looked very comfortable in the air to me

Grimjack
02-19-2007, 12:36 PM
4.5 feet is 1.37 meters.
I have yet to see a basketball player with that huge vertical leap. Haven't seen one.

Don't exagerate, please.

You clearly haven't been on a court with Bjorn's prodigies, then. The black kid with the mane of blonde, Tarzan style hair executes swinging volleys from 54" up with regularity. Future of tennis, right there.

noeledmonds
02-19-2007, 12:45 PM
http://www.geocities.com/hovav13/wc99.jpg http://www.tribuneindia.com/2000/20000122/2102b.gif
Sampras can leap pretty high you know

tricky
02-19-2007, 12:46 PM
Sampras was among the best pure athlete in tennis. Or at least the one with the greatest hops. :)

The Grand Slam
02-19-2007, 12:47 PM
That isn't 4.5 feet. :\

I'm 4'8"...

Zets147
02-19-2007, 01:03 PM
Ooo I guess I missed it when he told us about what the kids he's coaching looks like! I'll be on the look out now.

Nick Irons
02-19-2007, 01:07 PM
I don't hink anyone has a 54" Vertical Leap but the point is noted (Jordan was probably aroound 48" in his prime).

Today, the sport is populated with atheletes inside of tennis players (make sense?). That is why a Serena can come in and just destroy a Sharapova. She not only has the talent, she is a natural physical specimen. It is why a Nadal can beat a Federer; the highest level of talent and atheleticism in one package.

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/mwwells/Vince%20Carter%20Olympic%20dunk.jpg

Polaris
02-19-2007, 02:29 PM
The OP has been known to exaggerate before.
Indeed. The OP has been known to exaggerate, obfuscate, and spout a whole lot of ridiculous nonsense.

Indrid Cold
02-19-2007, 02:58 PM
He may exaggerate from time-to-time but the monfils shot is incredible. Trust me, he's not exaggerating with that one. The Tursonov one is sorta high but nothing compared to the other.

Voltron
02-19-2007, 03:00 PM
The OP has been known to exaggerate before.

Really? I hadn't noticed, he was to busy calling me a moron for me to notice. Thanks for pointing that out though. ;)

Steve Huff
02-19-2007, 07:28 PM
The net is only 3' high. The 1st picture of Sampras shows him up pretty high, but his shoes aren't even with the top of the net yet. I'm pretty sure their aren't any tennis players hitting the ball more than 36" about their normal stance.

VGP
02-19-2007, 07:36 PM
It was probably the camera angle that makes it look like Tursunov and Monfis jumped that high.

So what, jumping around like that's just flash anyway.

Dedans Penthouse
02-20-2007, 09:04 AM
hey bjorn99, they were "leaping" long before the McEnroes and the Navratilovas; long before the 70's.

This 1920's woman had as much "ups" as she had nose.


http://tennis.quickfound.net/training/suzanne_lenglen.html

Polaris
02-20-2007, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the awesome photo and the interesting book extract, Dedans. She is airborne! This, especially, was fun, "Beware lest the exercise which you are giving your right arm should lend it greater weight than the left."

If I am not mistaken, Lenglen lost one match between 1920 and 1926, and that was due to an illness. Can you beat that, Roger ? :)