Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Hewittfan22, May 4, 2004.
Which player do you think is the most athletic among these following option in the poll
I also added Roger Federer, If you think Roger Federer is one, Press 33
My vote would probably go to the Y-man... El Aynaoui has to be on of the fittest, most athletic on tour.
I would say Hewitt, if we are just talking about pure athleticism. He is very quick around the court, and he can hit some great shots on the run, which I would attribute to some amazing natural athletic ability. Also, his parents are very good athletes and I have heard he is a good aussie rules football player.
Schuettler has a good set of wheels and is highly rated in this area - same could not be said of his game this year however. Can't count out Dad either, Agassi's mountain regime etc all very well known.
Gotta add Henman to this list, even though I dislike him. In the issue of DEUCE 2 years ago with the painting of Andre, Todd Martin had to take one asset from any player for any shot. (ie Coria's speed, Hewitt's heart, Sampras' serve, Agassi's return) For athleticism, he choose Henman in a nutshell. Now, I'm not saying he's right, but obviously he knows a thing or to more about the guys on tour than us. Roddick might be up there as well, I know he can dunk.
The McEnroes always refer to Safin as the best athlete in tennis. And that was before he embarked on his serious conditioning programme. And no vitriolic McEnroe comments please LOL
Is coordination considered an aspect of athleticism? Just the best athlete is kind of ambiguous.
Safin is the best athlete to have played pro tennis IMO.
paradorn... when he's not injured
I totally agree with votes for Henman, Safin and Hewitt for overall athleticism. Fed has the best footwork, if that counts.
Pete Sampras (ret.) doesn't belong on this list. Replace him with Rainer Scheuttler, who's a very, very fit man.
Pete Sampras is superhumanly flexible though, does that count toward athleticism?
Certainly Coria and Henman but I also think that Grosjean moves very well.
Ferrero after those two through the legs shots at the U.S. Open last year
if anybody thinks samps isnt a great athlete they're off their noodle....the great athletes make it look easy just like pete did. anyone try and imitate that slam dunk overhead of his and hit it that hard, jump that high, etc.? i would love it if some of the really great athletes from other sports would get into the game. they would be the all courters and maybe there would be less grinders..Ed
That was supposed to be my vote for Federer. Has anyone seen him dribble the ball between his legs with the racket? How the hell does he do that?
what do you mean dribble the ball between his legs with the racquet? I could juggle tennis balls but i dont know if thats what you are talking about
When he's standing there waiting to serve occasionally he'll hit the ball between his legs and bring his racket around the front and continue to dribble it---like a basketball player dribbling between his legs but with the racket. It happens so fast most people don't notice it and it has never been commented on by the announcers. I've slowed it down frame by frame and its unbelievable.
You should have had a "none of the above" option, and I would have voted.
I'm not saying that Sampras ISN'T athletic, all I'm saying is that he doesn't belong on the list. With regards to athleticism, this list doesn't look right to have one retired guy on it and the rest be current players. I can name several former players who are more athletic than the current crop now.
"Which one of these doesn't match with the others?"
Federer doesn't need athleticism, he's just got that pure talent... I would have gone with none of the above as well. I don't see any top players playing by pure athleticism, they've all got a lot of skill.
Sampras belongs -- no question. He could have been a fine point guard, pitcher, shortstop or quarterback.
Safin is way up there. Great pitcher or tight end.
Rafter could have been an all-pro quarterback.
Ginepri actually is a terrific all-around athlete -- great speed and strength. A little small, but a terrific middle infielder, wide receiver or cornerback.
Goran -- a gunning 2-guard, deadly from 3-point range.
Agassi -- shortstop, Red Sox.
When Sampras first came to the fore tennis magazine and the like were pronouncing him the best athlete tennis had ever seen. Just a thought.
I am going to have fun and name a few supreme athletes from the past -
Stefan Edberg - Unbelievable footwork. So graceful to boot. Poetry in motion for mine
John McEnroe - Not to be underrated. Whether at the baseline or at the net he was very difficult to put the ball by.
Pat Cash - There's every chance Cash is the fastest guy i have ever seen on a court. His athleticism at the net was sheer amazement. Wilander commented that at his best he found Cash all but impossible to pass. Even Lendl had problems passing Cash when he was fully fit. Just check out his Wimbledon win and his Aussie Open semi over Ivan.
Yannick Noah - I am sure many would name his the greatest athlete tennis has ever seen. 6'4 inches of pure excitement and athleticism. The way he moved, dived and lunged was astonishing for one of such size. If he had recruited Ralston years earlier than he did and had a bit more motivation and drive he could have been anything. So much talent, but so much rawness.
haha 0 vote for the dutchman
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