Tennis in South Korea / Hyundai-Kia Employees

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by Z-Man, May 5, 2006.

  1. Z-Man

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    Is tennis popular in South Korea? Kia is building a giant auto plant near where I live in Georgia. They will bring a few hundred people over from Korea. I'm hoping there will be a few solid tennis players among them. Is anyone here from Montgomery? Did the big Huyndai plant there bring in any tennis-playing Koreans?
     
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  2. pro_staff

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    i'm korean and when i visited there couple months ago, i saw a couple people hit at a club. not very good. the best would probably be about 4.0 to 4.5. granted i didn't see a whole lot of people but you get the idea
     
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  3. ShcMad

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    I didn't know companies had to bring a couple hundred people from the country of origin whenever they build plants in the US.

    I'm Korean and, I, personally don't think Koreans are interested in tennis. They're more into soccer. Maybe you'll see more Koreans playing soccer in the tennis courts than actual tennis itself.

    However, if you can, try to become friends with some of them and go to their houses to eat food...Korean food is actually good IMO, and a lot of Americans like the stuff. ;)
     
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  4. dannyjjang

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    true true, there more into soccer and korea isn't a place like u.s where there is basketball program, clubs and etc. ..Don't except any good players from S.K
     
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  5. Dan007

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    I'm korean and think that koreans and many other asians that live here in the U.S. plays tennis and there are a lot of good guys who play very well, but in Korea, tennis isn't popular, so I wouldn't say there will be guys that would be able to play tennis.
     
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    Yeah, it seems that once they try it, lot of americans enjoy korean food.
     
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    hmm I should ask this one guy that I play with occasionally from South Korea. He is over here getting a PhD. He is in incredible shape and one of the fastest guys I have played against over 30. He is a strong 4.0 player.
     
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    just like chinese food...korean food in america they add alot of msg sugar and salt to fit the american style of food.

    KOrean BBQ=Orange Chicken=1000g msg
    Like in China, Chinese people do not eat orange chicken that has been soaked in sugar...Americans do...(that also applies to pho)

    if you really want to enjoy korean food visit one of your korean friend
     
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  9. dannyjjang

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    really? he must b rich over their in korea...i heard private lessons in korea are over $100..
     
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  10. goober

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    hmm possible- he is always wearing latest tennis clothing and has top of the line shoes.

    He look like he has modern strokes and almost certainly has had a lot of lessons- Good kick serve, open stance forehand, good footwork. I think he could easily move up to 4.5 soon as he has been playing a lot. I guess it is cheap to play here compared to where he is used to.
     
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  11. Dan007

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    Yeah, tennis lessons in Korea are real expensive. My mom used to take tennis lessons when she was little and she told me tennis lessons were really expensive. My grandfather was pretty rich, since he had his own landlord company in korea, now passed on to my uncle because he passed away on thanksgiving last year. My grandfather thought girls shouldn't be playing sports, so he made my mom quit, even though she wanted to continue. I heard that when my mom played, all the courts in korea were clay courts and even today there are lots of clay courts. I might go to korea during the summer vacation in the future, don't know when, but I should take my tennis gears with me. But I wouldn't have anyone to hit with me.:(
     
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