Do you get emotional when watching pro matches? Why?

#1
I've spent almost 2 years immersing and developing my own tennis game.
A lot of work, a lot of sacrifice, and averaging 5x a week for 2 years takes a physical toll.

While that time frame is a mere blip in a touring pro's training,
I now have a sliver of appreciation of just how much these players have put on the line.

I can now begin to grasp the depth of their mind boggling dedication and sacrifice to this impossible goal.
The sacrifice. They have devoted their entire lives from age 10 to this game.

Their. Entire. Lives.

When I attended the US Open last summer, I was overcome with some kind of grief and awe.
This had never happened in years past, where I was just enjoying watching some good tennis players.
Now, I see through a different lens. I can't unsee the insanity of dedication and sacrifice of every other aspect of a normal healthy life.
Even just seeing a pro warm up has become a borderline religious experience.

When there is a big break through win, like Osaka, or TitsSippie
I see the fruits of their labor pay off, I am brought to tears.

Hitting tennis balls day after day after day after day
Staving off injuries, paying coaches hundreds of thousands of dollars from age 8 to 22.
FIFTEEN straight years of eating, breathing, and ****ting tennis, day in, day out.

David Foster Wallace articulated this much better than I ever could.
 
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TagUrIt

Professional
#16
It’s an emotional investment, we all have our favorites. It’s called being human, we cheer for them, support them and are happy/sad when they win and lose.

That’s why I’m not surprised when they fall down and collapse after a match (both m/f) after playing for 2-4 hours on the court. It’s emotionally and physically draining. Even though we aren’t playing, we go on this ride with them.
 
#21
Uh, no. I cried at the birth of my children and the death of my father. I sobbed uncontrollably at the end of Toy Story 3, you know the important stuff. Tennis not so much. As George Bailey might say, "In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say tennis is nothing but a scurvy little spider!"
 
#23
Uh, no. I cried at the birth of my children and the death of my father. I sobbed uncontrollably at the end of Toy Story 3, you know the important stuff. Tennis not so much. As George Bailey might say, "In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say tennis is nothing but a scurvy little spider!"
I believe only those who have trained their own tennis games to a serious level can relate to the staggering amount of work these players have invested.
I would say 1% of tennis players fall into this category.
 
#28
I doubt any serious Fed fan in the world wasn't crying at this moment (and for a long time thereafter).

For someone who became a Fed fan in 2006, this to me was the most stressful, most emotional, most angry, most depressing, most joyous moment I have ever had.

I wish I wasnt emotional, stressed, or care so much about these matches. But I can't help it, I have a problem. I know it, my wife knows it.
 
#29
I was in the same position when #10 happened. Nadal's spirit took over me.

At that point in time all of us Nadal fans were giving our ki energy to Nadal's spirit bomb in FO 2017. We became one and the same.

 
#33
Wimbledon 2014 and 2016.
Tears of sadness and happiness What a roller coaster ride 2014 was.
Feds kids were there and who knew if he ever would win another and Djokovic's career was basically on the line.
Murray winning Wimbledon nuff said about that.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
#35
I wish I wasnt emotional, stressed, or care so much about these matches. But I can't help it, I have a problem. I know it, my wife knows it.
@Lleytonstation I don't think it's a problem at all, it's part of loving our guy. How could any Fed fan not be absolutely dying throughout many of his past tense matches (way too many to count). The only slam finals since 2009 that I wasn't climbing the walls over were 2010 AO against Andy and the 2018 Wimbledon match against blister boy Cilic. Everything else was white knuckled, hellish tension.

 
#38
I believe only those who have trained their own tennis games to a serious level can relate to the staggering amount of work these players have invested.
I would say 1% of tennis players fall into this category.
Toy story doesn't make sense. Honestly. Crying over a movie? That is way worse than crying over tennis players. At least tennis is real unlike a movie.

Also real men don't cry.
 
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