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View Poll Results: Why do you follow tennis?
Solely because you play it 2 3.33%
Solely because you caught it on tv one day and loved it 23 38.33%
Both of the above 26 43.33%
Your local community is really into it and youre a sucker for brainwashing 0 0%
All of the above 0 0%
Other 9 15.00%
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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-09-2004, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Glory of Tennis

Please answer the poll. I wanna know how ppl started getting involved in following tennis.

What do you guys hate most about the things tennis haters/dismissers say?

Here are some things Ive heard over time:

"Its a sport for snobs!"

"Tennis players are pansies"

"Not enough violence." (Ive actually heard people say this)

"Too many confusing points"

"Luv what?"

"Anna Kournikova "
etc etc

Plus, what is it about tennis that makes it so special guys? Vis a vis other sports?

(A friend of mine in New York kept insisting that American football is the best sport because its the most "strategic" --whatever that means-- and he totally dissed tennis. Im out for public revenge!)
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Watched the RG women's final on tv in '99 and loved it, not the result, but the rest. It was just days after I graduated from high school and had a lot of free time, so I also watched some of Wimbly and now I'm hooked.
Tennis is more exciting then some other sports I like to watch.


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It is just a brilliant game. It is the best individual sport to watch in my opinion

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it's a very long story lol...that's why i put other

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Yes, tennis wasn't a big sport where I grew up and we have only produced one player that made the top 50 and never won an ATP title.

It was many years when I watched the French Open, and then a smaller tournament and decided to follow the game. I like a lot of other sports, but how I got into tennis was more memorable than the others.

In many places it's still considered a snob sport, and it's difficult for people from poorer backgrounds to break through, but I still love the game.

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

Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I caught tennis on TV a few times and was hooked. There's just something about it that's special to me.

Contrary to what many may believe in the public, tennis is very strategic and is not a "gentlemen's sport". You get the crowd cheering and booing, players arguing with the umpire, running and fighting for each point....the whole atmosphere. It's wonderful.

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I voted "both of the above," (even though both of the above say "solely," ). I played tennis a bit in my childhood because my mother was a pretty good player. It was always fun, but I was really bad. Only when I started watching it on TV and getting "hooked" did I then start wanting to play more myself, and now I love both playing and watching.
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I live near Toronto, where they hold a big tournament every year... so despite Canada's lack of top players, there is still opportunity to see the best of the best every year. And, if you want to take the trip to Montreal, you can see both the men and the women in the same year. NYC isn't that far away either...

I don't remember exactly what made me think "tennis is great!". I recall watchig Wimbledon at my fathers when I was young, because my step mother has been going to the Toronto tournament since she was a wee tot.

I also recall watching Wimbledon at my friends house a few times... she liked Pete, I didn't

The first year i went to a tournament was 1999 - the Canadian Open finals with Hingis and Seles.. I was a Hingis fan. I think that trip was my idea, but I'm not entirely sure.

I didn't start following tennis on the internet until after watching Marat Safin in the USO 2000.

I didn't answer your question at all, did I?

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I think Australian Open has a huge effect on people here and its hard not to get into it when its on. Its just that some people forget about tennis after its finished and other stick with it

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Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick are arrogant pigs
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Rebecca when did you notice Ferrero then?


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Both play and watch .... It is a fascinating sport ... I love all the
different personalities you get .... the addiction to certain players I
LOVE (GO ANDRE!) What more can you ask for when you see a
Wimby final like Goran-Rafter....Oh, the Highs and Lows! I love that
a guy can be down two sets and STILL win the match!
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I just starting watching matches in the Australian Open, the first one I remember was Sampras vs Agassi 95 final, but i probably saw more matches before then but dont remember. I just started gradually watching more and more after that, until now I follow the results of every tournament.
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I have been following grand slams since about 1993 when i was around 10 but only began to really follow just about every tournament in 2001 mainly because I was interested in the progress of Federer.

My uncle is a huge tennis fan and he has hundreds of tapes of Borg, Mac, Lendl so I kind of got to know those players as well.
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I picked other because I just grew up watching it. My dad used to play so he had the slams on tv. I've only gotten into tennis outside the slams more recently when I caught the TMS tourneys on tv this past summer and realized there was a whole other world out there

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First time I watched a tennis match was many years ago, JMac vs Borg(may be Connors) in Wimbleton final. Can't remember which year but I didn't like JMac and had no idea who's Borg(or Connors). (It's one of those days that you have nothing to do and nothing to watch on TV). The only thing I remembered was the match was very tense with zillion duece on JMac's serve. Had no big impact on me until next era.

Many years later, it's late at night during USO 1991. I watched Michael Chang killed JMac with all those top spin lops and discovered Pete Sampras. That's when I started playing more attention to tennis.

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