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tennis vs other racquet sports

i've been playing tennis for 13 yrs now. i've also tried other racquet sports out of curiousity. i've come to a conclusion that squash would be the closest thing you can ever come to in playing tennis if you don't know how to play our sport...

just brooding...

from a technical standpoint, for the sake of discussion, why is it that a tennis player can adapt to other racquet sports while say a badminton or ping pong player would never be able to play decent tennis?

as a side note, i think we're the luckiest racquet sport in terms of exposure despite our own lack of exposure compared to other sports...
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squash is far different from tennis, hitting against a wall requires little control, its just too easy.

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Re: tennis vs other racquet sports

I play both tennis and squash at a pretty high junior level.

Tennis has more variation eg. spin, power and tactics. Tennis has all the attributes needed for other racquet sports so it makes it easier for a tennis player to adapt to lets say squash. The squash technique is less technical than a tennis shot. You can't play tennis with a squash grip

But you need to be way, way fitter to play squash than tennis at the highest level.

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squash is far different from tennis, hitting against a wall requires little control, its just too easy.
Yes, but squash is very fast, you need much better reflexes than in tennis in general - exchange volleys at the net without bounce in tennis, is sort of how all shots in squash go.
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In terms of technique and ballcontrol tabletennis has to be ranked high, the spin and control along with the speed makes it a really though sport.
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squash is far different from tennis, hitting against a wall requires little control, its just too easy.
It depends what level you play in. Squash is easier than tennis to begin, but it´s far from easy, if you want to play it well. It is easy to hit against the wall, but you need to place the ball well in squash too. Hitting your shot in the middle of the court costs you more in squash than in tennis. Squah is also physically more demanding.
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Squash is possibly the most tiring sport I've ever played

I think badminton is probably more similar to tennis actually, tactics are generally the same and hand-eye co-ordination is crucial.
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I think badminton is probably more similar to tennis actually, tactics are generally the same and hand-eye co-ordination is crucial.
I'd agree with that. I've never played Squash, but I think out of Table Tennis and Badminton, Badminton is more similar to tennis, especially because you have to strike the shuttle with so much precision otherwise who knows what direction that thing will go in

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Re: tennis vs other racquet sports

This is the best game to find out who the best is.

Racketlon, it's a game played in Europe and the current champ is a Swede. This game would be challenging enough.

This is how it works the game is a mixture of table tennis, squash, badminton and tennis. A racketlon match contains four sets, one in each sport. Each set is played to 21 points, much like in table tennis, but the total winner of a racketlon match is not the one that wins most sets but the one that scores the most points in total. The winner is the best all round racket player.

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Magnus Eliasson is the current world number 1 in racketlon.

I would love to play that sport but the sport that is going to let me down is table tennis

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Just have to say it: Jahangir Khan - unbeaten in 555 (softball) straight matches, dominated both soft- and hardball squash. Not the biggest sports in the world, but the streak is pretty impressive nonetheless.


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Just have to say it: Jahangir Khan - unbeaten in 555 (softball) straight matches, dominated both soft- and hardball squash. Not the biggest sports in the world, but the streak is pretty impressive nonetheless.
Yeah i caught that bit of info a few months back. I seem to remember that him and.. Jensher (sp) Khan had an epic rivalry that lasted for several years. Both are generally considered to be the best squash players ever as far as I am aware.
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Just have to say it: Jahangir Khan - unbeaten in 555 (softball) straight matches, dominated both soft- and hardball squash. Not the biggest sports in the world, but the streak is pretty impressive nonetheless.
Jahangir is clearly the greatest squash player of all time and probably one of the fittest athlete of all time.

That streak will never be beaten in any sport... its amazing...

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Yeah i caught that bit of info a few months back. I seem to remember that him and.. Jensher (sp) Khan had an epic rivalry that lasted for several years. Both are generally considered to be the best squash players ever as far as I am aware.
You're referring to the other great Jansher Khan.

He came up with the famous quote - "I'm fitter, so I'll win".

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Yeah i caught that bit of info a few months back. I seem to remember that him and.. Jensher (sp) Khan had an epic rivalry that lasted for several years. Both are generally considered to be the best squash players ever as far as I am aware.
Yeah, Jansher was great too, however Jahangir is the one with that legendary streak.


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