Bo Jackson was an extremely gifted and talented athlete who excelled in two very difficult sports, football and baseball. He could have also been a track star. Yet, the skills that are required for for football, baseball, track, and tennis are very different, but do have some things in common. They are all very difficult sports. Yet, to expect to have some sort of agreement when comparing such different sports and when considering something as nebulous as "greatness". Just what exactly does one mean by that? Roger Federer is a much more accomplished athlete than Bo Jackson, but Bo Jackson exhibited great athleticism in two difficult sports. He was a phenomenon, but so are athletes like Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Borg, Lendl, Sampras, Laver, etc.
Tennis is quite unique in that it is an individual sport, played outdoors, played year round, while being very international. It's extremely competitive at most every level in all the tennis playing nations. It requires great footspeed, quickness, as well as top speed, agility and stamina, eye hand coordination, and tremendous skill. You can't take short cuts with tennis. There is no place to hide weaknesses, and even great players must lose often and then constantly retain confidence and win difficult matches soon thereafter. There is no way to avoid endless hours of skill refinement on top of all the purely athletic requirements of tennis. Tennis is one tough sport. In my opinion, it's the greatest sport there is.
No one could manufacture a man that won 6 French Opens and 5 Wimbledon titles in a row. - Andrew Longmore
Last edited by borg number one : 04-01-2013 at 08:20 AM.