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I miss the tennis of a few years ago

Who else really misses the tennis of the 90s and early 00s.
I miss the players I grew up with watching like Agassi, Henman, Rusedski, Ivanisevic, Philippoussis.
Most of all I miss the serve volley style of play.
There was so much more diversity in the players styles in those days.
Nowadays you just see all these players with ESP or ARG next to their name coming up through challengers and you know before you even see them play exactly what their style of play is.
Tennis just isn't as entertaining as it was.
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Who else really misses the tennis of the 90s and early 00s.
I miss the players I grew up with watching like Agassi, Henman, Rusedski, Ivanisevic, Philippoussis.
Most of all I miss the serve volley style of play.
There was so much more diversity in the players styles in those days.
Nowadays you just see all these players with ESP or ARG next to their name coming up through challengers and you know before you even see them play exactly what their style of play is.
Tennis just isn't as entertaining as it was.
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Re: I miss the tennis of a few years ago

agreed. i also think today's tennis is lacking in off-court personalities

my favorite was the worst number 3 player in the world
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When Malisse was firmly planted in the top 50? haha

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Who else really misses the tennis of the 90s and early 00s.
I miss the players I grew up with watching like Agassi, Henman, Rusedski, Ivanisevic, Philippoussis.
Most of all I miss the serve volley style of play.
There was so much more diversity in the players styles in those days.
Nowadays you just see all these players with ESP or ARG next to their name coming up through challengers and you know before you even see them play exactly what their style of play is.
Tennis just isn't as entertaining as it was.
Crap.
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Re: I miss the tennis of a few years ago

Tennis died when Nadal reached the Wimbledon final for the first time.

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Re: I miss the tennis of a few years ago

That era has gone, there will be another change soon enough.

Yes, there should be some diversity in the surface speeds, so that various styles can exist. Problem is most people forget how it came to what we have currently.

In the early to mid 90s, it was just serve tennis on the fast ice rinks. Might as well have started at the TBs, so they decided to use heavier balls and slow down the quicker surfaces, so the ball could actually be in play for more than 10 seconds.

I mean you don't always see the results straight away with the policies, these need to take time to filter down. The problem is they have gone too far with the slowing down of the faster surfaces and also the making the clay quicker, as much as it can be without the climatic impact.

Yes, I hated the big serving fests on those lightning surfaces and understand why the changes were made, at the same time it was great when Corretja and Guga won the end of year champs on those slick surfaces and Muster winning Essen thumping Sampras. I mean I'd love to see Rafa having a go at facing that challenge on those surfaces, but that isn't going to happen now.

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serve volley should be banned and players that played serve volley should have their names erased from the sport's record books, its not tennis. i have absolutely no respect at all for serve volley players, none at all. i think they are talentless, unfit, unskilled, boring, and have no right to play this sport. its the ultimate stain on the sport. i dont consider serve volley players athletes or sportsmen, they are a bunch of retarded circus clowns that play a 19th century style of tennis where they were unfit fat old men playing on sunday sipping cups of tea on court. just absolutely filthy repulsive and vulgar style of play. yuk! i spit on that style of play and i spit on the players that play that style past, present or future. ugh!
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serve volley should be banned and players that played serve volley should have their names erased from the sport's record books, its not tennis. i have absolutely no respect at all for serve volley players, none at all. i think they are talentless, unfit, unskilled, boring, and have no right to play this sport. its the ultimate stain on the sport. i dont consider serve volley players athletes or sportsmen, they are a bunch of retarded circus clowns that play a 19th century style of tennis where they were unfit fat old men playing on sunday sipping cups of tea on court. just absolutely filthy repulsive and vulgar style of play. yuk! i spit on that style of play and i spit on the players that play that style past, present or future. ugh!
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serve volley should be banned and players that played serve volley should have their names erased from the sport's record books, its not tennis. i have absolutely no respect at all for serve volley players, none at all. i think they are talentless, unfit, unskilled, boring, and have no right to play this sport. its the ultimate stain on the sport. i dont consider serve volley players athletes or sportsmen, they are a bunch of retarded circus clowns that play a 19th century style of tennis where they were unfit fat old men playing on sunday sipping cups of tea on court. just absolutely filthy repulsive and vulgar style of play. yuk! i spit on that style of play and i spit on the players that play that style past, present or future. ugh!
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Re: I miss the tennis of a few years ago

We'll go buy some DVD's of classic matches.

I enjoy serve and volleying tennis players as an exception to "baseline" tennis, because too much serve and volleying tennis is so boring, IMO.

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I'm just hoping that the next generation of players realize that baseline play along with serve and volley and forays into the net will be more effective than a one-dimensional style of play.

Hopefully the next gen is composed of more all-around players.

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Blaze, it depends if they want to be like Federer, well everything but the backhand of Federer. Or they want to run around like Nadal, training 25 hours a day.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Blaze, it depends if they want to be like Federer, well everything but the backhand of Federer. Or they want to run around like Nadal, training 25 hours a day.
Therein lies the problem, Georgie.

Juniors try so much to be like one particular player instead of taking the best attributes from various players and incorporate them into their own game.

A junior that trains with numerous idols can take a Nadal forehand, a Safin backhand, Sampras serve, Edberg volley, Nadal movement, etc, and will be a much more effective player than someone who simply tried to emulate Federer to a T.

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I don't see what's so funny about OP... he has merely stated his opinion, which might well be a dissenting one from yours.

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I mean you don't always see the results straight away with the policies, these need to take time to filter down. The problem is they have gone too far with the slowing down of the faster surfaces and also the making the clay quicker, as much as it can be without the climatic impact.
Exactly. The courts are too close in their properties right now, and the result is that everyone has basically the same baseline-style nowadays. It would be good to bring back more diversity in the courts, and as a natural result of that, more diversity in players' styles of playing.

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serve volley should be banned and players that played serve volley should have their names erased from the sport's record books, its not tennis. i have absolutely no respect at all for serve volley players, none at all. i think they are talentless, unfit, unskilled, boring, and have no right to play this sport. its the ultimate stain on the sport. i dont consider serve volley players athletes or sportsmen, they are a bunch of retarded circus clowns that play a 19th century style of tennis where they were unfit fat old men playing on sunday sipping cups of tea on court. just absolutely filthy repulsive and vulgar style of play. yuk! i spit on that style of play and i spit on the players that play that style past, present or future. ugh!
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