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mental midget
03-02-2012, 05:16 PM
many current and former atp pros displayed promising skills as soccer players before making the choice to dedicate themselves to tennis. of that group, is there a consensus as to who had the best chance to succeed in that sport?

kaku
03-02-2012, 05:21 PM
Nadal/Murray

Andres
03-02-2012, 05:22 PM
Murray, I'd say ;)

Clarky21
03-02-2012, 05:23 PM
Muurya is pretty good.

mental midget
03-02-2012, 05:29 PM
heard about murray. roger and nadal were apparently both quite good. stich played at a very high level as well. is there anyone on the board who might shed some light on the particulars as to just how good these guys were, relative in particular, to players who went on to play professionally?

Totai
03-02-2012, 06:06 PM
Probably Messi. This is a tennis forum tho :D

Tammo
03-02-2012, 06:10 PM
Murray and Baghdatis.

ThoughtCrime
03-02-2012, 06:15 PM
Muzza or Nadal

Praetorian
03-02-2012, 06:45 PM
Anyone who's not American.

scotus
03-02-2012, 06:48 PM
Anyone who's not American.

Not a current pro, but Johnny Mac used to play on a team (maybe high school?), which may not be much, but most current pros didn't even go to high school.

norbac
03-02-2012, 06:52 PM
Isner .

DunlopDood
03-02-2012, 06:58 PM
soccer is gay!

here's proof

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/french-soccer-players-kiss-germany-victory_n_1316166.html

OldFedIsOld
03-02-2012, 07:07 PM
If were talking about kisses...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJXCqqoyUyM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za1aI8Ybxoo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbALVTsxqDQ

himynameisNIKE
03-02-2012, 07:10 PM
andy roddick

mental midget
03-02-2012, 07:33 PM
roddick, isner . . . while i'm wiping away tears of laughter, can anyone answer the original question?

rossi46
03-02-2012, 08:54 PM
Remember seeing some footage a while back of Nadal playing football (not soccer), his ball control is good and his movement is very natural.

Not entirely sure about Federer, chances are he would cry all too often.

norbac
03-02-2012, 09:12 PM
Remember seeing some footage a while back of Nadal playing football (not soccer), his ball control is good and his movement is very natural.

Not entirely sure about Federer, chances are he would cry all too often.

Yes, Rafael can throw a pigskin a quarter mile from what I hear.

Gorecki
03-03-2012, 05:06 AM
soccer is gay!

here's proof

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/02/french-soccer-players-kiss-germany-victory_n_1316166.html

and having a avatar of a semi-naked guy (nadal it seems) is very masculine!

kiki
03-03-2012, 05:24 AM
I donīt know about curren guys but Mc Enroe used to play fairly well at his high school and college (Stanford) team - he combine dit with tennis-....and Becker used to play a lot when he was a pre junior tennis player.I think he is very very attached to Bayern.

The swedes and czechs were great in ice hockey: Borg,edberg,Nystrom,lendl,Novacek.

batz
03-03-2012, 05:32 AM
Murray was offered trials by Glasgow Rangers at about the time he decided to focus solely on tennis.

Lsmkenpo
03-03-2012, 07:27 PM
http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1103/tennis.players.charity.soccer.japan/images/03-tennis-charity.jpg

Baghdatis was named the game MVP at the tennis charity event for Japan.

DunlopDood
03-03-2012, 07:53 PM
and having a avatar of a semi-naked guy (nadal it seems) is very masculine!

Hey that's me playing tennis in the summer a few years back, I'll take the Nadal comment as a complement thank you :)

Seth
03-03-2012, 08:34 PM
Remember seeing some footage a while back of Nadal playing football (not soccer), his ball control is good and his movement is very natural.

Not entirely sure about Federer, chances are he would cry all too often.

It was only a matter if time before some jackass tried to make the distinction.

kimbahpnam
03-03-2012, 08:37 PM
According this Nike commercial Federer could have been a soccer pro....could anyone same the same about the others? :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdWtpbuUEy4

Clarky21
03-03-2012, 08:52 PM
According this Nike commercial Federer could have been a soccer pro....could anyone same the same about the others? :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdWtpbuUEy4


Yes. Nadal could have been a soccer pro too,but he chose tennis instead.

rossi46
03-04-2012, 02:34 AM
It was only a matter if time before some jackass tried to make the distinction.

There is a very logical explanation why it's called football, may have something to do with the fact that the ball is kicked with the foot.

Unfortunately in Australia there is a sport called Rugby League which is referred to as football. The players are notorious for having limited intellect, not too dissimilar to american "football" players.

Russeljones
03-04-2012, 02:41 AM
Nadal by far as far as I know.

MaiDee
03-04-2012, 03:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xuZ4ycrNPs

jackson vile
03-04-2012, 10:38 AM
Remember seeing some footage a while back of Nadal playing football (not soccer), his ball control is good and his movement is very natural.

Not entirely sure about Federer, chances are he would cry all too often.

It is really cool when they display their hand foot coordination on the court. Plus you have to consider Nadal's uncle, he grew up with all that stuff.

The Baseline
03-04-2012, 10:54 AM
http://dailychuckle.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ee7a84388330134855d74d5970c-450wi

Probally nadal

robbo1970
03-04-2012, 11:01 AM
Maybe it came down to making a decision on what sport they culd acheive the greatest personal success.

Nadal - breaking into the top Spanish teams and national team would be highly unlikely if you look at who they have playing now.

Murray - playing in a mediocre league, no European club or national success.

Errm, tennis it is then :)

rossi46
03-04-2012, 12:09 PM
Maybe it came down to making a decision on what sport they culd acheive the greatest personal success.

Nadal - breaking into the top Spanish teams and national team would be highly unlikely if you look at who they have playing now.

Murray - playing in a mediocre league, no European club or national success.

Errm, tennis it is then :)

Had Nadal pursued football as a career he could be playing in the primera league, something we will never know. As for Murray, he may have ended up in the premier league which is where most British players end up, once again we will never know.

papertank
03-04-2012, 12:16 PM
Nadal or Murray

luishcorreia
03-04-2012, 01:37 PM
Nadal was the topmgoal scorrer at hist local team in maiorca when he was a junior...