Winning vs playing beautifully

Vote

  • I'd rather lose a tennis match whilst playing aesthetically pleasing tennis

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • I'd rather win a tennis match whilst playing "ugly" tennis

    Votes: 13 81.3%

  • Total voters
    16

ADuck

Hall of Fame
When playing a competitive tennis match, what do you get more enjoyment from, winning the match, or playing aesthetically pleasing tennis?
 

cha cha

New User
Beauty comes first, always.
I remember getting a severe beatdown a couple of years ago with the opponent, a guy I saw for the first time in my life, telling me at the handshake: "I get the feeling the result is not as important to you as looking pretty while playing."
 

sovertennis

Professional
Per Emily Dickinson, who achieved a 4.0 rating in 1862:

"I died for beauty but--but was scarce
Adjusted in the Tomb
When one who died for Truth, was lain
In an adjoining Room--
 

Crocodile

Legend
How about playing beautifully and winning at the same time. Seems like a reasonable choice followed by maybe not being at your best but still scraping out a. win.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
Winning with ugly looking tactics and off the racquet frame shot making at critical game points just adds the fun of winning a match.
 
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