Originally Posted by myskinaLova
I'm sitting here thinking and it just randomly pops up in my head what this game has changed from, instead of making progress, it's almost like things are going backwards. The classic game of tennis that once was made so popular by the likes of Bill Tilden, Rod Laver and John McEnroe have gone out of the window. How many old school style players are there anymore ?
So much for guys like Edberg, I respect Borg (2nd best of all-time) and all, but he is partially to blame for this, he played hockey much of his life and thus his mechanics were very unusual, quite unique, extreme western grip he used ... there's no more classic serve & volley game or flat strokes accompanied by continental grips that once made the game so exciting. I can understand why, most tournaments were played on grass and thus players conformed to what style of play would be a success on that particular surface.
Sampras was somewhat old school, even his racquet was a modernized rip-off of the Jack Kramer. Federer is very old school, which is exactly why he dominates. The game is becoming ugly, with all of these extreme grips and the usage of heavy spin, you have many freak victories, because they play such an unusual game that it's difficult to pick up on the 1st or 2nd time you meet them. I won't say any names, but this new generation of tennis is sort of becoming a combination of ball-bashing and moonball tennis, not to mention with the steroid era, certain french open players that were runner-up to Nadal will make unusually speedy progress ... quite mysterious huh :retard:
As if this weren't enough, sportsmanship is at an all-time low. It's hard enough to like a guy that's blasting 150mph serves and a ground game a journeyman ranked 125 in the world would even get a chuckle at. I'm sometimes feeling like a hypocrite, because I actually like Karlovic and despise Roddick, but I think Roddick's game accompanied by his attitude is what makes me so sick. Karlovic is just trying to earn a living, Roddick is masquerading around as an actual tennis player until a guy like Fedex or Hewitt puts him in his place.
I guess that I'll have to accept this new brand of tennis, so I reluctantly embrace the likes of Gasquet & Berdych, atleast they have a classy demeanor and some finesse to their tennis game.
my coach said a number of similar things last night. he said that when he went to the tourny in Houston, he was shocked by how poorly Rodiick and others were volleying. i asked him what he thought caused the change from say players like Edberg (whom he also mentioned) to now. and his theory is that the players from that era did not put as much body contortion into the serve, such that they could move immediately into the court to set up the volley. and the new style of serving contorts the body so much (in order to produce more power) that the play is untill unwinding out of it by the time the ball is coming back so they can't get into the court to volley. i thought it was an interesting perspective.