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Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

By change I mean, not add different things, but actually completely change their mindset and whole style of game.

I'm currently in this situation with Djokovic. Time will tell but he seems to be kind of going down the Roddick route. He started out as an aggressive player but he's been getting more and more defensive for ages now, bordering on pushing.

How much is too much for you if your fave were to change their style?

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

If you are playing whole life on one same way, and than you suddenly want to change that style over the night, it wont end up good. Maybe one of few. But in lots of occasions thats not good move.
EDIT: but I think I wont stop to support the player if i like him. Depends on his results after change

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

I think it is hard to say with players that start to play more defensively, like in the case of Djokovic because that could just be down to a lack of confidence rather than an intentional change.

This is an interesting topic. For example, I am a fan of Jurgen Melzer, and I have noticed lately that he has hardly been going to the net, though he has improved his consistency from the baseline a lot. His game is no longer a mix-up of many things. But I think it is always hard to tell, whether it's just a phase that will pass, or something that will come back. The problem for me is that he is playing good tennis playing like this!
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

Already happened...yep.
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

I´m not a fan of any single player, I only support players who play the game close to what is my understanding and perception of how the game should be played, and whose game is, consequently, feasible to eye. Therefore, if one of these players would change his game dramatically, I probably wouldn´t enjoy watching his game that much anymore.

But if you´re a true fan of a certain player, I think you can´t really call yourself a fan if you don´t at least try to understand the player, why he changes his game, what he hopes to achieve with it, and so on. There could be many reasons to it, it would be stupid to just quit being a fan because the player changes his game, sometimes players are forced to do changes, even big ones.
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

nole is one of my favourite players too, and i loved watching him play when he was an aggressive player. i do not like the way he plays nowadays, but i still support him because he is a very good player, like his funny personality, and the good matches that he plays against rafa.

but this goes for any of my other favourites too: if they change their gamestyle, as reiterated from 'krystlet' above, it must be due to a new style that is better suited to them (roddick, probably because he is getting older and he wants to save his body for a longer tennis career), or partly due to a lack of confidence (nole).

i always support my top 5 favourites (nadal, djokovic, del potro, federer, roddick).

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

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But if you´re a true fan of a certain player, I think you can´t really call yourself a fan if you don´t at least try to understand the player, why he changes his game, what he hopes to achieve with it, and so on. There could be many reasons to it, it would be stupid to just quit being a fan because the player changes his game, sometimes players are forced to do changes, even big ones.
That's true. I mean, tennis isn't really about playing how you want to play or what you think would be most fun anyway, it's about what achieves the most success. For example, from what I have heard in interviews from Taylor Dent, he doesn't like the courts being slower than they used to be, and I'm sure he would prefer to just serve-and-volley and chip and charge as much as he can, but he can't do that.

In the case of Melzer, I think it can be possible that he is trying to improve on his weaknesses so much that he is not using what used to be his strengths as much as he used to.
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

Yes! Most of the players I like are brainless ballbashers, and if they became pushers...

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

yup, I began supporting you because of the way you play, if you change, I may just stop supporting..
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

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yup, I began supporting you because of the way you play, if you change, I may just stop supporting..
I guess that's the simplified version.

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

I won't,it has been painful to watch Nole play this yearBut i'll still support him,cause i like his personality too.

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

Absolutely, in fact game style is nearly the sole criterion on which I base my decision to support or not support a particular player. If a serve-volleyer player of whom I am a fan were to become some boring, colourless dirtballer then I would almost of a certainty stop supporting him.

It is in fact because the current styles of tennis played on tour these days are so boring and colourless as a whole that I am not really a fan of many players these days, nor indeed am I any longer a great fan of tennis in general.
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

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But if you´re a true fan of a certain player, I think you can´t really call yourself a fan if you don´t at least try to understand the player, why he changes his game, what he hopes to achieve with it, and so on. There could be many reasons to it, it would be stupid to just quit being a fan because the player changes his game, sometimes players are forced to do changes, even big ones.
You are a fan of a player because of different reasons, but one of them is the game. If you don't recogize your tastes in his game, it's hard to keep being a fan. At least for me. If Nadal becomes a bombarder and a ballbasher for example (no chance), there are many other players I would rather watch. Of course, it's a radical change.
Djokovic goes through a difficult time, he has no confidence, so he plays more defensively. That's for every player. Not a real change. He's not a young intrepid player anymore. That's just normal.
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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

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I won't,it has been painful to watch Nole play this yearBut i'll still support him,cause i like his personality too.
The odds are I'll keep supporting him too. I don't want to stop supporting him.

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Re: Would you stop supporting a player if they changed their gamestyle?

it would be the same if you asked would you still support a player if he started losing more than wining.

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