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gindyo 02-13-2013 07:09 AM

A tennis strategy book written in 6th century BC. Take a listen!
 
Anything you need to know about tennis match strategy was written in the c. 554 BC - c. 496 BC. just map it to tennis battle.
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...war-by-sun-tzu

user92626 02-13-2013 09:51 AM

Oh yeah, China has a great military for centuries conquering all parts of the world. Their men and women are now dominating all the slams. Can't wait to apply Chinese war strategies to my Sunday doubles.

sureshs 02-13-2013 09:58 AM

I am tired of seeing this book show up everywhere. It is a staple in management courses, along with irrelevant references to pro football and basketball players.

wanda 02-13-2013 10:02 AM

It's a very interesting read.

Understanding it then trying to apply it, we'll that's another thing.

slowfox 02-13-2013 10:03 AM

It must be referred to often for a reason. I've not yet read it, but assume it has something to offer humanity, if not tennis...

luvforty 02-13-2013 10:12 AM

this stuff should be applicable to all competitive activities.

they study it at west point, must be legit.

gindyo 02-13-2013 10:32 AM

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LeeD 02-13-2013 01:03 PM

Art of War is applicable to business especially. And it's required reading for some business course.
Kinda repetitive and long for me.

rk_sports 02-13-2013 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by gindyo (Post 7211300)
Anything you need to know about tennis match strategy was written in the c. 554 BC - c. 496 BC. just map it to tennis battle.
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/boo...war-by-sun-tzu

Thanks! Always wanted to read it and never did... the audio format is nice too

Timbo's hopeless slice 02-13-2013 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by user92626 (Post 7211695)
Oh yeah, China has a great military for centuries conquering all parts of the world. Their men and women are now dominating all the slams. Can't wait to apply Chinese war strategies to my Sunday doubles.

Actually, they dominated world trade for centuries while Europeans were still frightened of the thunder gods. (peasants always believe in thunder gods.)

They sent ships all over Africa and Asia to collect rulers and bring them to festivals and events years before Columbus and co.
(amusingly, although aware of the fledgling nations of Europe, the Chinese considered them too primitive to be included)

in the 15th Century, a change of policy caused China to withdraw inwards, forfeiting their domination of the world's oceans..

it's all here, if you're interested.

http://mondediplo.com/2005/09/18zhenghe

"27,000 men aboard 317 ships. The most impressive vessels were the treasure ships, built of hardwood, 130 metres long and 50 metres wide; by the side of them, Columbus’s 28-metre long Santa Maria, in which he reached the Americas, would have looked like a dinghy, and he had only three ships and 270 men."

as for tennis, they had more finalists in the most recent grand slam than the USA managed :)

goober 02-14-2013 05:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Timbo's hopeless slice (Post 7212570)

as for tennis, they had more finalists in the most recent grand slam than the USA managed :)

2 Bryan bros > 1 Li Na

slowfox 02-14-2013 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by goober (Post 7213557)
2 Bryan bros > 1 Li Na

Everybody knows that doubles isn't real tennis... haha :twisted:

goober 02-14-2013 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by slowfox (Post 7213767)
Everybody knows that doubles isn't real tennis... haha :twisted:

oh noes! I have been playing so much fake tennis. I hope nobody finds out!

sureshs 02-14-2013 08:50 AM

Yeah doubles is for old farts

Timbo's hopeless slice 02-14-2013 12:51 PM

I admit I pay no real attention to doubles, sorry.

goober 02-14-2013 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Timbo's hopeless slice (Post 7214354)
I admit I pay no real attention to doubles, sorry.

That's ok. I really don't pay attention to women's pro tennis.

dman72 02-14-2013 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Timbo's hopeless slice (Post 7212570)

http://mondediplo.com/2005/09/18zhenghe

"27,000 men aboard 317 ships. The most impressive vessels were the treasure ships, built of hardwood, 130 metres long and 50 metres wide; by the side of them, Columbusís 28-metre long Santa Maria, in which he reached the Americas, would have looked like a dinghy, and he had only three ships and 270 men."

as for tennis, they had more finalists in the most recent grand slam than the USA managed :)

I'm not sure that Columbus' fleet was indicative of the height of European ship-building at the time. :shock:

But anyway, interesting stuff.

goober 02-14-2013 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by dman72 (Post 7214399)
I'm not sure that Columbus' fleet was indicative of the height of European ship-building at the time. :shock:
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No they weren't. Remember he first went to Portugal which did not support his plan. Only then did he ask Spain for help. They gave him 3 caravels which were considered smaller ships compared to the carracks which were much larger and over 1100 tons. Comparing a fleet assembled by orders the emperor of China to Columbus who had to basically beg for his ships and was granted 3 small ships to go out on what was considered at the time "far out" idea is rather ridiculous.

Timbo's hopeless slice 02-14-2013 05:37 PM

pffft

do you guys know how big a 130 metre ship actually is? and how far beyond anything built in europe for following 400 years they were?

Xizel 02-14-2013 06:19 PM

I remember this from history class last year. China's navy and shipbuilding was the most advanced in the 15th century, but political turmoil prompted records to be destroyed and China retreated into isolationism.


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