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Tennis: The Beautiful Game

Tennis is a sport that dominates culture all over the world. What other sport unites a nation behind one man? In football the nation gets behind a team which is easy to do, but in tennis it encompasses the entire desire of one nation and it is all placed on the broad shoulders of one brave soul. The immense pressure these athletes must feel is enormous. A raving fan's appetite for glory will either be satisfied or denied by the skill and mental fortitude of one man. Take the one raving fan and multiply it by millions. The people unite and place all of their hope into a man to swing a constructed tool to strike a constructed projectile and in doing so give great pleasure to the throngs of people or thrust the nation into a sad state.

In this way tennis is what comprehends the people, it is what unites and it is what separates when the results go another way. Football is often called the beautiful game, but what can be more beautiful that one hero bringing glory to an entire people?
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Tennis is an individual sport, not a nationalistic one.

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I am utterly dissapointed that this thread has not recieved any attention(I do not count that ignorant response from the gentleman above me). Take a nation like Serbia for an example. A nation torn asunder by war and strife and isnnow united by a great athlete that just happens to share the same blood as them. Blood unites in tennis instead of dissolving friendships as it does in war.
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Yeah, I mean Serbs are nationalistic only for Fakervic.

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Tennis is not that important... not so big deal who wins... not like soccer... they are
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Re: Tennis: The Beautiful Game

Let's revisit this idea. Some of you seem to have misunderstood my meaning. Tennis is an individual sport at its heart which makes it so beautiful, but what the individual does can inspire an entire nation or in some cases the entire world. Look at the great inspired icons of the world who have passed away. They were individuals who lived their own life but by doing that inspired millions. Tennis does the same at a athletic and aestehtic level.
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Not really...
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Tennis is indeed a beautiful game due to the other reasons than you mentioned in the first post of this thread.

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I agree with the piratesswoop. I don't see the game as nationalistic at all (other than Davis Cup and tournaments like it).

I wish the British media understood that and got off Andy Murray's back so he could play tennis.

I wish the American media understood that so they could stop glamorizing Andy Roddick and Serena Williams.
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Lol I thought this was going to be a Federer thread.

On a more relevant note, IMO jingoism is the ugliest thing about sport.
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Take a nation like Serbia for an example. A nation torn asunder by war and strife and isnnow united by a great athlete that just happens to share the same blood as them. Blood unites in tennis instead of dissolving friendships as it does in war.
what the heck and I though Serbia is united by Bozoljac.
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Andy Murray

I so wish that what you so beautifuuly wrote were true. In Andy Murray's case though over here in Britain it's not.

I doubt if the majority of British people would get behind him even if he were to win Wimbledon.

It must be great to live in a country where people really do get behind their sportsmen, and I do think it's a cultural thing - the Latin countries seem to have it sussed. And the scenes in Begrade in December were brilliant.

I don't think the American people really took to Sampras either - though living over here I wouldn't know.

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Re: Tennis: The Beautiful Game

Tennis is beautiful for a lot of reasons, except the one the OP mentioned. In fact, the words TENNIS and TEAM/NATIONALISM usually don't belong in the same sentence.

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