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tnkGod4tns 03-30-2004 08:58 PM

Here's a good one.....what makes you play tennis??
For me,
1. For the exercise.
2. Just to see how good i can be and the endless journey of trying to improve in every aspect of the game.
3. The problem solving part on how to beat an opponent.
4. The challenge of trying to stay relax while playing knowing that the more relax you are the better you will play.
5. Trying to dress nice for the court, what with all the fashion statement we see on the professional tour now.

joebedford 03-30-2004 09:00 PM

Because few things make me as happy as smackin' that little yellow ball around. :D

voltman 03-30-2004 09:10 PM

I was trying to meet single, attractive women.

Phil 03-30-2004 09:12 PM

Like Voltman said-for the chicks.

Hawaii 5.0 03-30-2004 09:22 PM

I don't play tennis.I'm a tennis player.I do it cuz it makes me feel good(physically,mentally,emotionally).The feeling of winning is unqiue,the man vs. man(or woman),figuring out how to win and how good I can be and of couse the women.I get enough physical activity with running,swimming,snowboarding,biking,gymming,etc, but the conditioning of tennis is a plus for me.The fashion is secondary (becuase sometime I play with no shirt or totally mix and matched clothes)as well as staying relaxed.

Cypo 03-30-2004 09:39 PM

I get paid :lol: .

No really, nothing makes me play, it's my own choice, and I could stop anytime - really I could, once I didn't play for a whole week.

AAAA 03-31-2004 01:05 AM

1) To play well it takes more skill than many other sports I've tried.

2) Your physical gifts can help you win (speed, strength, stamina)

3) Break points, game points, ad points and tie-breaks can happen quite often so the constant mental battle is a challenge.

4) I can and have been beaten by weaker, slower doubles players because they have more skill. My physical advantages on those occassions didn't matter. I like the fact that in tennis a weaker slower doubles pair can still easily beat a stronger fitter pairing.

5) On court the best feeling is ripping a clean winner or ace.

6) I like the gear especially the racquets

7) It's a non-contact sport.

8) It's outdoors and in sunny weather you can top up your tan.

Camilio Pascual 03-31-2004 03:23 AM

Besides the health and social benefits, I like the high individual authority and responsibility of amateur tennis, it's even higher than pro tennis. I like the similarities it has to boxing and baseball, too. The mental and emotional aspects of competing. And all the choices to make, strings, racquets, style of play...okay, okay, I like the women who play.

baseliner 03-31-2004 06:04 AM

I'm with Hawaii 5.0 difference between being a tennis player and playing tennis. I also like what tennis reveals about the player. If you are a cheating chiseler who will do anything to win it will be apparent within one set. If you are a person of integrity who respects the game and the rules that will be apparent quickly as well. While I enjoy the exercise, the feeling after a well playe victory or loss where you did your best is tops. That is why I am a tennis player.

VJH 03-31-2004 06:27 AM

Growing up, I never played tennis. I was a 3 letter athlete in high school and played baseball in college. I didn't start playing until I started dating this one woman (who is now my wife). I can remember our 3rd date. She asks me to play tennis....It was a beautiful day outside. I'm looking at all 5'3, 105 lbs of her thinking to myself "this isn't going to be fair...I'm a 6'2 210 pound college level athlete! I will pummel this adorable little woman"

What transpired over the next hour and a half was probably one of the worst beatings ever on a tennis court. Plain and simple, I got drubbed. It was actually more like she would hit a shot, I would blast it out of the court and we'd have to start over.....

What drew me to the game, aside from my wife was the fact that Tennis is a difficult sport to play well. The pros make it look so easy. I also loved the challenge of trying to learn a sport as an adult, that I didn't play as a kid.

@wright 03-31-2004 06:35 AM

The short answer, it feels great to run around and hit the ball. The long answer has been said so many times already that I'll leave it out.

sliceroni 03-31-2004 06:54 AM

Ditto with 5.0. I enjoy every aspect of the game (tweaking racquets, stringing, ect) , and love to compete against good players win or lose. Along with hitting the weights, volleyball, running, what really helps my game was martial arts. Not just physically but more body/mind self-awareness and control, ability to put all energy into the ball. Miss playing in high school and college because for five or six months straight it was practice and meets all the time! Love watching Federer because he makes me wanna play even more. :shock:

david aames 03-31-2004 07:22 AM

Fourth best thing after sex, blow and driving a flat 6. Ask Marat.

borisboris 03-31-2004 07:45 AM

:wink: I have played in Sorrento Italy vs. the #1 jr in that Federation then the local dentist wanted to play me. a yr earlier I got to play against the #1 jr on the Big Island, then a touring pro in Phoenix etc. I love the competion and the guessing game of what the tennis gods will throw my way. One of my greatest experiences was staying in Sorrento, ITALY going to Capri in the morning, Pompeii in the afternoon /evening then jogging to the clay ct. under a full moon to play a local who clocked me but after I was smiling drinking a Nasstro Auzzuro thinking how much I love this sport and the places I can play.

tarheelbornjohn 03-31-2004 09:33 AM

I play because I still can. I played many sports thru college. Made the tennis team in college, but decided to play a sport called ultimate (which is an intense physically demanding game played with a fresbe. I am too old and slow to keep playing that game. Can't play football any more, baseball and softball are boring and slow to play, golf #$%% unless you are making a big buisness deal. Left with tennis and fresbe golf. With a little hackysack inbetween.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 09:39 AM

I am tennis, and tennis is me. I'm not sure if one can exist without the other.

fastdunn 03-31-2004 01:25 PM

I'm addicted to the feel of hitting the tennis ball with that
sweet spot.

I also like that fact the rules are relatively well defined
and there is no body contact.

chad shaver 03-31-2004 01:28 PM

The feel of that ONE perfectly struck one-handed backhand down the line that makes your strings sing.....

david aames 03-31-2004 02:12 PM


Originally Posted by fastdunn
I'm addicted to the feel of hitting the tennis ball with that
sweet spot.

I also like that fact the rules are relatively well defined
and there is no body contact.

Try ascetic sex. You might stop playing tennis.

Kobble 03-31-2004 05:38 PM

It is like art to me. It is all about the challenge of creating something to be proud of.

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