It is quite impossible for us to even come close to hitting like a pro but.........

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    A "5.0" sprinter can run 100M in 10.09 sec, a pro sprinter can run 100M in 9.99 sec. The 0.1 sec makes a world of a difference. Remember a pro tennis player will get that "0.1 sec advantage" in every strokes and thats huge.
     
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  2. goober

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    10.09 is a world class time in the 100 m. That would win or place very high at many professional meets.

    But having played a lot of people, I can safely say that I have not seen anybody who even comes remotely close to having world class sprint speed in recreational tennis. Anyways, as a former speedster around the court who is getting older, I have come to realize anticipation and court position are far more important than pure speed in tennis.
     
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    I don't know if you've had a chance to play an official match against higher level players than you. If you have, you would have noticed that even if you have strokes that may resemble some of their strokes, it is still difficult to get points from them. I'm a 4.5 who has seen action and won past local league playoffs. I think I can hang with a majority of the 4.5 players I've seen. I played a 10.0 mixed match against a 5.5 guy and 4.5 woman. The 5.5 guy was just too much to handle. The only times I was able to solicit a point from him was when I hit one of my rare perfect shots or when his partner laid it out for me nicely for a kill. Otherwise, I felt like there wasn't much I can hit that would get me a point. The frustrating part is finding out that the shots I rely on to get points from players who I normally play with merely makes the shot a little bit more difficult for him but nonetheless doesn't hurt him much.

    I would imagine this is how it would be for a high level recreational player to play a touring pro. In my case, my "A" game was just normal for him. Conversely, the "A" game of the 5.5 guy I played would probably be a normal or even an "off-day" for a touring pro. I think that's where the difference lies.
     
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  4. Steady Eddy

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    And when on a tennis court does anyone run anywhere near 100 meters? On a tennis court it's all about getting off to a quick start. Fox truthfully says in his book that coach's tell beginners, "Get moving, don't be so lazy." But the beginner doesn't know where the ball is going, so just stands there. It's not about being lazy. A great sprinter might still have poor court coverage as a beginner in tennis because of their 'one one-thousand two one-thousand then go' system of court coverage.

    Same thing in two person beach volley ball. Ever try it? It seems impossible to cover with only two, it doesn't demand a spike to win, ordinary shots drop for winners. But when you watch good players, they don't even have to hurry most of the time, but that's because they're so good at quickly reading where the ball is going.
     
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    Another good example is football. Various pro teams have tried drafting world-class sprinters to play the receiver position. There maybe some who were successful in making the transition but there's a lot more who didn't. Jerry Rice may not be the fastest man in the NFL but he seems to always out run defensive backs who are known speedsters during his prime.

    It is not all just about speed or power. There is so much more to it in tennis.
     
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