Is tennis an artform?

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  1. Fandango

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    I'm not talking about the competitive aspect of the sport but rather the aesthetic value that takes place between each stroke, footwork ,etc.

    Also, how does it stack up against skateboarding?
     
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  2. FlamEnemY

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    Hm... IMHO, no. I could admit that gymnastics, for example, are a kind of art, but I don't think tennis quialifies.
     
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    nope, some guys are more "graceful" than others but that goes for every sport, its still a very very very technical discipline
     
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  4. baseline_monster

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    No, it is not marked, scored or rated on grace and form but on results so no. Something like ice skatting and gymnastics are as they are marked on grace and form
     
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  5. Meaghan

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    art is entertainment so yes it is an artform.
     
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  6. ProgressoR

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    you havent seen me play.....
     
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    I'd expect someone who calls himself fandango to have a higher sense of aesthetics than this.
     
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  8. Fandango

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    Great expectations
     
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    It depends on the player in my opinon. Federer for instance, especially around 2005 when he was really at his best could be seen as a form of art. I'd say Santoro was too with the way he used to spin opponents to death.

    These days I suppose you'd say Murray was the closest thing, with the way he constructs points and the variety he has. Against Querrey he hit one volley from quite deep in the court that had so much spin it just bounced over the net and came back around the side of the net post back to his side of the court. Shots like that qualify as artistic, for me anyway.
     
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