What if Michael Jordan played tennis.....
instead of basketball. I don't mean like his ugly baseball experiment. I'm talking what if he grew up playing tennis instead of basketball. What type of player would he be? I could easily see him as a 6'5, even more athletic(very scary thought) version of Pete Sampras. Put Jordan in a pressure situation, and I could see him acing his way out Sampras-style. With his wingspan, great touch, and explosive speed, I could easily see him as a dominant serve-and-volleyer in the 80's and 90's. Geez and to think about a jumping overhead smash from him.
On a similar note, what if Andy Roddick had stuck with baseball instead of focusing on tennis? I could easily imagine Roddick as a great baseball closer, throwing 98mph fireballs and a nasty slider, but if those pitches weren't working on a particular day, he'd be destroyed.
Also, I was thinking today about players' from others sports careers mirroring one another. Example: Michael Vick and James Blake. Both have great explosive speed, Vick has a huge arm while Blake has a huge forehand, both tried to do too much early in their careers which led to not-so-great results. Both are learning when to pick their spots and are becoming more effective because of it, but both still have to prove they can do it on the biggest stage.
I had trouble finding someone to mirror Federer, the closest I could think of was someone like Jerry Rice. Neither with blazing speed, but their outstanding footwork more than made up for it. Both win championships and are quite possibly the best ever at what they do. Also, Mike Tyson and Marat Safin has some similarities which I found amusing. Both are headcases who had the potential to be all-time greats, and both possess ridiculous firepower. I just thought it was interesting to think about, and i'd like to hear some comparisons from you guys/girls.