Nadia: A good friend who's being jealous of me playing Tennis (Video)

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  1. Stergios

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    Hi guys,

    I'm not sure if that's the right category to post this.

    As you may know I'm playing Tennis every day as part of my "Project NTRP 0 to 5 in one year".

    I have a few friends who are being jealous of me (Ok, that's not entirely true, they are just happy for me).

    One of them is my very close and good friend Nadia.

    Nadia is an active person with a diverse background of Ballet and Football.

    She is now working in the UK and visits Greece as often as she can.

    She had 15 hours of lessons so far and never played by her self. She is really vibrant and I'm proud of her progress. So I thought of sharing a video I took of her a couple of days ago. So, you can tell me what you think.

    By the way Nadia is sleeping right now and has no clue about this video! I'm going to post it on Facebook as well! Hehe!

    Enjoy the video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUWs_1IaT_8
     
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  2. Lukhas

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    I dunno what to say. Dunno if she'll like it. I wouldn't like to suddenly have a video of me hanging on the web without knowing. :lol: Then I have nothing to say. No one needs to put b*llshit about pronation, surpination, straight-arm/double bend or anything. it's not funny when you are at your first lesson and someone insists of filling your head with theoretical stuff you never heard of and should be doing anyway because someone told you it was the right thing to do.

    Just tell her to be more relaxed in her wind-up and throughout the stroke. Nothing more from me. Unfortunately, telling people to be relaxed has often the reverse effect since they often try too hard to relax and get frustrated... So in fact, I don't really know what to say!
     
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  3. Cheetah

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    You should have said nothing then. Your post was annoying and negative for no reason.

    OP,

    Nice video. Thanks for posting it. She's very good for her first 15 hours. Nice rhs.
     
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    I find this to be more than a bit creepy.

    But you know, whatever floats your boat.
     
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    lol. when i first posted i had only seen the first minute or so. after I watched the whole video the word 'creepy' also entered my mind.:)
     
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  6. Lukhas

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    In which way saying "I personally wouldn't have liked it" is negative? That's a personal opinion. You want me to do what, be in awe? Of course the video is well mounted, of course she's on the "right", if it can be called like this, way. Of course she isn't doing anything wrong on that court. I'm not bashing anyone, I just said "It's debatable" whether he should have or not posted it on the internet without her knowing.
     
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  7. DavaiMarat

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    wow guys...ease up a bit.
    Innocent till proven guilty. I'm more incline to think he's someone who wants to promote his project rather then just flaunt some student of his.

    Put it this way, if it was of some 45 year old man or a little junior would it still be creepy?

    Hey I'm not saying I know the reason he posted this but reserve judgement until you know more.
    The girl obviously knew she was being filmed. From the looks of it the camera man was at least semi-professional or better probably shot with a Canon 5D mark II or better.

    I video tape my wife and people coach all the time. I don't share it but I don't seem the harm in it but of course he should ask the girl.
     
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  8. Cheetah

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    yup. i posted after just watching a few secs of her hitting thinking 'how nice. a vid of his friend just starting to learn tennis'. so i thought you were just trolling and complaining about how ppl always post about pronation etc etc etc. my bad.
     
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  9. Povl Carstensen

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    Nadia is sweet and doing a good effort. Perhaps she should pull a bit more and push a bit less. I guess it is in the "relax" department, and getting the body more involved. But I did not hit the ball as well after 15 hours I think.
     
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    I wonder how many days those 15 hours represent. You know, if that's one hour a day, stuff like this.

    @Cheetah: Glad to have cleared off the misunderstanding. I just though that people shouldn't get too specific about strokes at the beginning. Because I think when you do it too early, it takes some enjoyment from the game. Then, the more you become involved, the more you get interested in the specificities of the game itself. Just my thoughts.
     
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  11. gmatheis

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    #1 Nadia is a cutie! Probably not the comment you're looking for but what girl doesn't like a compliment right? :)

    #2 For 15 hours of total tennis I think she's doing really well. I think some attention to her footwork will help her at this point, get her to start her splitsteps.

    #3 not creepy at all .... It was nice to see someone so new to the game really enjoying themself on the court.

    Best of luck to you both!
     
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    She has the right racquet to begin, the court looks perfect, the coach knows what he's doing, and by looking at the video she learned all the fundamentals.
    So to start could it be any better than this? sincerely I don't think so.
    Jealous are probably many rec players all over the world that cannot learn tennis in these quality conditions.
     
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    Thanks for the video Stergios.

    I had a good Tommy.
     
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    Going to post it on facebook, too? Sorry... it seems a little creepy. Never put a video up of someone without their permission first.
     
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    LOL. Brilliant.
     
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    She seems to be "slapping" the ball. She needs to hit more smoothly from low to high.
     
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    Let us just say OP seems to really "enjoy" teaching the woman
     
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    Wow - excellent video quality.
     
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    I think the OP is secretly in love with Nadia...
     
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    That is really the point of the video I think
     
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    Now feed Nadia some dropshots..
     
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    That and listing their full name and where they are located.
     
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    Nadia's reaction

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all your comments! I really enjoyed reading them. And on a personal note I'm very glad I've joined this active community!
    Although I understood that I might be more careful in the future with other people's media such as photos and vids! Watch Nadia's reaction to the video here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nURh6E3RG8k.

    My initial purpose was to get a few video clips for Nadia to see her self later on. While there, with the camera on hand I thought of doing a small montage of her. And so I did.

    I really liked the video. It was actually shot with a Canon S95 compact camera. It was a really brief shooting. Just to give you an idea I just took off the final video a minute or so of the footage I took.

    I'm not coaching Nadia my self. Paris, my coach, is doing it.

    Cheers,

    Stergios
     
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    It's not a secret anymore
     
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  25. tennis_balla

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    I think we're all being trolled.
     
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    :lol: I don't think I've seen a trolling this brilliant before. Nadia just trolled the **** out of everyone on the first page.

    In seriousness, she's 1000x better than me having been on the court for like 1 week only.
     
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  27. Stergios

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    Hahaha!

    In fact me and Nadia had a relationship for several years and lived together for more than the two of them. But managed to keep a strong friendship afterwards.

    We are very lucky to be able to do so. And the reason for that, I believe, is a sense of genuine love for each other.

    So, I'd never do something to hurt her intentionally. Not her, not anyone in fact! :)

    When we read your comments about being creepy it was surreal and creepily funny :). We decided (Actually I did :)) to make a video response for entertainment purposes and to clarify our true friendship.
    The last part of Nadia talking was actually captured really late, like 3:00AM as Nadia was leaving the day after, on Saturday.

    We had lot's of fun since we were both very tired and we couldn't even communicate what we were going to talk about... Another funny part is, if you look closely at the last shot, you may see someone sleeping in the background. That's Israa, Nadia's best friend! Poor girl I'm so sorry :).

    There is a chance to meet her in an upcoming video as she is arguing, after watching the latest vid, with me of how I should pronounce my name in English!

    She has agreed to do a video explanation! I think it's going to be a disaster!
     
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  28. sundaypunch

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    Nadia is totally adorable!
     
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  29. Cheetah

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    Hey,

    haha. nice video. Thanks for posting it.

    Good luck to Nadia.
     
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    At last... TalkTennis now has its own soap opera. Just what we needed! :)
     
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    Lol... Great video...

    You two should just get married...
     
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    Stergios, loved the video. :) Nadia is terminally cute and very intelligent. I see why you like her. I love her slight (upper class) British accent when speaking English.

    Fun thread.
     
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  33. Lukhas

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    Doesn't she works/lives overseas? So close, no matter how far...

    Well, glad to see my fears were somehow unjustified. She seems to have liked it. There wasn't enough of one box to bury him IMO... :twisted:
     
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  34. Torres

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    Really nice video and great to see. Positives all round really. Love your 0-5 NTRP project and Nadia is lovely! Great to see that you're both still good friends and for 15 hours or so tennis, she's looking good.
     
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