Tennis in Antarctica

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  1. raftermania

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm packing for my fortnight long journey to Antarctica. I was wondering if there are any natives on this board who are in the tennis loop down there. I'd love to get a knock in with some of the natives, I've heard they have great grass courts down there. Can anyone confirm this?

    Thanks, looking forward to it!
     
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  2. Prince_of_Tennis

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    lol silly guy....Nothing lives in Antartica....
     
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  3. Noelle

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    I hear the ice courts play just as fast as grass, which is hard to come by since summer only lasts like two weeks. I've got some relatives down in Antarctica who have courts in their back yard. The only problem is that their dress code calls for wearing tuxes oncourt. They can't really run, but boy do they love diving for the ball...

    Here's a pic of them, in case you run into them.
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  4. Tennis Ball Hitter

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    Are you kidding?

    I am pretty sure there are only two types of people in Antartica ... researchers and tourists.
     
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  5. doriancito

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    WHY ANTARTICA you are just going to spend money there! better go to canada and you can go to a tennis court under roof there.
     
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  6. raftermania

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    Noelle: I've seen those Antarcticans in action at Wimbledon, their ice game definitely translates well onto grass. I'll have to bring my A game for those guys.

    Tennis_Ball_Hitter: I heard Bjorn Borg did some research down there, that's where he developed his "ice cold" personality.

    Doriancito: I have one extra ticket, nobody wants to go with me. Would you like to come? I'll pay for everything!
     
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  7. nViATi

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    The speed of grass
    The sliding of clay
    The bounce of hard court

    the UBER COURT!
    aka ICE
     
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  8. divito

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    FUNNY DORIAN. Actually as of late, it has been really hot, at least for us this past 2 weeks, with every day being about 30 degrees (86F) or close to it. I assume you actually mean far north in Canada, where like no one lives :D

    You might find some courts up there, but I think Antarctica would be more exciting.
     
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  9. scez

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    I live in Ontario, take me.
     
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  10. thejackal

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    What's this Can-eh-da place that you speak of Doriancito? Duhrrrrr.....


    :)
     
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  11. raftermania

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    Hey Dorian, did you know that we live in Igloos up here in Canada? We make them out of ice blocks. Our prime minister Jean Poutine is really generous on property taxes so we don't pay too much to live. I've always wanted to watch television, do you have a lot of televisions in South America??? My friend a few igloos down the street had a tv once but it fell into his dad's ice fishing hole. :(
     
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  12. PHSTennis

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    Hey Rafter if I dont get that job... I ll go play tennis in Antartica with you..
     
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  13. raftermania

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    I guess you won't be going with me then ;)
     
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    lol, the concept of tennis on ice is catching on. If I were a six-figure making marketing exec for ice tennis and had the resources I'd turn this pipe dream into a reality.

    "Tennis: Just add ice"

    Really now, is the concept of ice tennis all that far-fetched? Players wear special flat soled shoes for wimbledon, why not wear spikes for ice tennis aka the 5th grand slam shiverdon. I could even envision the players wearing some form of skates to allow them to glide and slide in and around the court.

    Venues? Hockey arenas during the hockey offseason would make perfect sites for ice tennis. With hockey being such a popular sport up here in Canada, hockey players would be able to make an easy transition - just trade in the sticks for racquets.

    Clay-courters, forget whining about Wimbledon's speed. Just wait until you play on ice. I can hear Alex Corretja crying already.

    Noelle, your cousins definitely have something going! Now if only we can get world #1 Roger Federer to stand behind our product!

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    Hi! I'm Roger Federer, the #1 player in the world. I invite you
    to join me and my tuxedo friends in a revolutionary new game
    called Ice Tennis. If you join today, you'll receive a authentic
    Ice Tennis Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. So don't delay, let's get
    out and play!!!!


    p.s. I <3 Mirka
     
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  16. equinox

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    One could try using a large Shipping Container for an indoor court.
    It'd probably take a few containers welded together.
     
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  17. M0rgan77

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    Canada should have the masters played on ice. That way we can have the Canadian guys do well.
     
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    wow, the ball will gonna heavier consists the water. just a glance, this is a unique topic, eh. maybe ice court in antartica will gonna be the fifth GS and gonna be interesting...who knows.
     
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  19. raftermania

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    This started as a joke and is now half serious. I wouldn't put this "5th ice slam" in antarctica though cause it would be virtually inaccessible to fans - due to lack of airports, etc. But there is one country I know very well that has lots of ice rinks and ice in general ;) ;) ;)
     
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    *ahemahemahemohCANADAahem*

    Shiverdon?!?! That's a perfect name for the fifth GS!
     
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  21. ssuHeartsRivald

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    is it? where...canada, norway??
     
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  22. mxchickmagnet68

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    ICELAND, duh!
     
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  23. Docalex007

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    Siberia would be great.
     
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    I'll bring the balls.
     
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    when do we start? .....c'mon?
     
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  26. raftermania

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    Fishuuu is bringing the balls, Doriancito is bringing Dick Gasquet and Noelle knows some people down there we can stay with. My ship is boarding tomorrow, all TW users are welcome aboard.

    Don't forget to bring your racquet. Bring two extra racquets and vamos - you got yourself some snowshoes.
     
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  27. Burt Turkoglu

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    ....I hear that the penguins are pretty tough down there....they slide into their shots with great ease....
     
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  28. Noelle

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    Don't forget to bring the traditional tux black-and-whites! That's the dress code. :p
     
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  29. Burt Turkoglu

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    ....oh, you are right.....it's a formal game down there.....
     
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  30. Noelle

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    It looks like Guillermo Coria has played on ice courts, but he didn't like it.

    http://www.masters-cup.com/en/interviews/pdf/coria1.pdf
     
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  31. Greg

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    The clay-court game fails to translate to ice.

    Edberg grew up playing on ice courts, so he spent as little time at the baseline as possible.

    True story.
     
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  32. Klippy

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    Nah don't go to Antarctica. It's too hot, too hot to play tennis. You'll melt out there. But go to Mars.
     
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  33. roddick_rulz

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    ya your overgrips will be on fire
     
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    What a find, lol.:)
     
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  36. tennis_nerd22

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    well, id rather not see any atp pro's playing on ice, they'd hit so hard and run so fast that the ice would melt, and then they'd sink ;) lmao
     
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  37. arky-tennis

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    I played on ice today. NO BOUNCE what so ever. Western grippers beware.
     
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    I never even conceived ice tennis until I visited this thread
     
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    Is there a correlation between playing lefty and ice tennis prowess? I guess these players got "frozen" in time.:mrgreen: Daniella and the others would have to reconsider their wardrobe choices if this catches on.
     
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  40. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    Exotic places for playing tennis !

    don't underestimate the emperors !!!
    i used to know one who had a terrific backhand... and they are great fighters !

    this sounds like an exotic place for playing tennis (wondering if anybody thought about building the first antarctical tennis court !)
    ... and there are others !

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    (1925, Ivan Hunger and Gladys Roy)

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    (2006, costa vs sanchez)

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    (20??, who wanna play with me ?!)

    http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/30aug_moontennis.html
     
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  41. raftermania

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    Nice stuff vive, but while this thread should be dedicated to ice tennis. I guess we should respect the other fringe tennis sports.

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    BEACH TENNIS ANYONE?????

    www.beachtennis.com (tw if you plan on adding beach tennis equipment to your inventory, feel free to pull the plug on that link! lol)
     
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  42. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    eheh... i wanttt the tiger racket !!! :D

    Nb: i'm going to post a new thread asking people if they have pictures of amazing/exotic tennis court...
     
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