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JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 11:10 AM
:eek:
:sad:
:devil:

I`ve been thinking about why Japan can`t produce decent tennis players [ok a few of the women can play but the men are hopeless], & have come up with a few thories;)

One of my theories is that Japanese play too much `soft tennis` [literally], which is quite a different sport compared to the regular tennis we`re used to. The difference between tennis & soft tennis is akin to the difference between baseball & softball.
More info about soft tennis here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_tennis


#My other theory about why Japan can`t seem to produce decent tennis players has to do with the manga culture. Here in Japan the `Prince of Tennis` [a fictional manga character] is better known than Federer.. Of course the kiddies here all know about Sharapova, but that`s only because Japanese sponsors are crazy about slim, young & pichi pichi [perky] girls:devil:
Seriously less than 1% of Japanese people know about Federer, maybe when he wins Wimbledon for the 10th consecutive time he might finally get two lines in the sports news:sad: :confused:

Anyway here`s Japan`s favourite tennis player~~ The Prince of Tennis:angel:
Check out these frickin ridiculous CG tennis shots:eek: :eek:
If they ever bothered to watch FED or RAFA play maybe the Japanese would realise that fair dinkum tennis is much more impressive than any crazy comic book character they can come up with:(

The gravity defying Prince of Tennis:rolleyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSU_Drss_rQ
:eek: :rolleyes: :confused: :o :p
crazy fruit cakes right:sad:

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 11:16 AM
****
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BTW, virtually every Junior High & High School in Japan has atleast 2 tennis courts... so lack of facilities can`t be used as an excuse><!!

Deivid23
11-01-2007, 11:17 AM
OMFG :haha:

Horatio Caine
11-01-2007, 11:19 AM
:cuckoo:

scoobs
11-01-2007, 11:20 AM
^*^*^*@@@I'm going to call it @@@*^*^*^

~¬~¬~¬This may be your dumbest thread yet ¬~¬~¬~

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 11:26 AM
^*^*^*@@@I'm going to call it @@@*^*^*^

~¬~¬~¬This may be your dumbest thread yet ¬~¬~¬~


:devil:
thanks, BTW, i like those symbols you`re making [looks like Arabic script]:cool:
...
please teach me how to do that tripy funky stuff:confused:

scarecrows
11-01-2007, 11:31 AM
:haha:

japanese need to use pivots in all sports

Kolya
11-01-2007, 11:38 AM
Crazy shit!

Good racquets though.

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 11:40 AM
:haha:

japanese need to use pivots in all sports


the problem is the Japanese kids watch this trollup & then try to mimic the moves:eek: :eek:
...
no kidding i`ve observed Japanese trying to pull some of these crazy moves [like keeping the arm bent & pulled into the body whilst hitting forehands], which could risk serious injury~~
but just like their manga inspired heroes it`s not a pretty sight:devil: :sad:

scarecrows
11-01-2007, 11:41 AM
^*^*^*@@@I'm going to call it @@@*^*^*^

~¬~¬~¬This may be your dumbest thread yet ¬~¬~¬~

what are you saying?!

this is his best thread by far

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 11:43 AM
what are you saying?!

this is his best thread by far


:devil:
not sure if that`s a compliment, or a backhand insult~~ anyway i`ll take it:cool:
cheers:D

my0118
11-01-2007, 11:44 AM
They have "Prince of Tennis" in which the character who has ability to extinct dinosaurs by his forehand is. So it doesn't matter for them.

*bunny*
11-01-2007, 11:50 AM
Well, Japanese men's tennis sucked even before Prince of Tennis came onto the scene.
That manga (cartoon) is following the tradition of all those sports manga with imaginative but weird and surrealistic skills in all kinds of sports: football, baseball, wrestling, etc, etc. And the Japanese have produced some very good athletes in those sports.

I think the problem with soft tennis is far bigger. I have no clue why it's still going on in the 21st century.

I hope Kei Nishikori can change the trend!

At least wheelchair tennis is doing great. Shingo Kunieda did a calendar slam this year! :worship:

my0118
11-01-2007, 11:53 AM
Okay my bad. But Prince of tennis is much better than real tennis. LOL!!

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 12:04 PM
Well, Japanese men's tennis sucked even before Prince of Tennis came onto the scene.
That manga (cartoon) is following the tradition of all those sports manga with imaginative but weird and surrealistic skills in all kinds of sports: football, baseball, wrestling, etc, etc. And the Japanese have produced some very good athletes in those sports.

I think the problem with soft tennis is far bigger. I have no clue why it's still going on in the 21st century.
I hope Kei Nishikori can change the trend!

At least wheelchair tennis is doing great. Shingo Kunieda did a calendar slam this year! :worship:

:wavey:
thanks for your post bunny:cool:
...
yeah `soft tennis` seems like such a waste to me:sad:
~practically ever school in Japan has these soft tennis courts where kids practice at every day after school, & no matter how much they may love tennis~~ none of them have got a realistic shot at becoming a pro [due to the poor foundation & bad habbits soft tennis creates]:sad:

do you think Japan will ever do away with soft tennis in favour of regular tennis [thereby give Japanese youth a chance to become good]:confused:

Yappa
11-01-2007, 12:17 PM
Well, I bought the first vol. of "Prince of Tennis" a few months ago, and that was it. Doesn't offer enough for a Tennis fan. And I read somewhere that even after 30 vols., they're still competing in school.

*bunny*
11-01-2007, 12:19 PM
:wavey:
thanks for your post bunny:cool:
...
yeah `soft tennis` seems like such a waste to me:sad:
~practically ever school in Japan has these soft tennis courts where kids practice at every day after school, & no matter how much they may love tennis~~ none of them have got a realistic shot at becoming a pro [due to the poor foundation & bad habbits soft tennis creates]:sad:

do you think Japan will ever do away with soft tennis in favour of regular tennis [thereby give Japanese youth a chance to become good]:confused:
Donno. I hope it will change. All I've heard about it is that the soft tennis authorities are very conservative and protective about their sports, and that's not going to change anytime soon.

That's one of the reasons that I hope Nishikori, or any other young player, to do well, because the presence of one big star can drive youngsters (and their parents) to take up real tennis and gradually push soft tennis into extinction.

cmurray
11-01-2007, 12:27 PM
:devil:
thanks, BTW, i like those symbols you`re making [looks like Arabic script]:cool:
...
please teach me how to do that tripy funky stuff:confused:

Scoobs, PLEASE for the sake of the rest of us, do NOT teach him how to do any more symbols.

the *###(()))###@!# is bad enough.

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 12:34 PM
Donno. I hope it will change. All I've heard about it is that the soft tennis authorities are very conservative and protective about their sports, and that's not going to change anytime soon.

That's one of the reasons that I hope Nishikori, or any other young player, to do well, because the presence of one big star can drive youngsters (and their parents) to take up real tennis and gradually push soft tennis into extinction.

:cool:
I hope you`re right, it would be wonderful if Nishikori could make it big on the tennis scene, wouldn`t it be surreal to have a Top-10 Japanese male player:angel:

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BTW, it looks like Japan`s soft tennis authorities are trying to expand soft tennis worldwide:eek: ! Maybe the future slams will be soft tennis ones:confused:



Strong Appeal of "Soft Tennis" Highlighted in New Study by Nagase Kenko Corp. of Japan

Tokyo -- July 16, 2007 -- Nagase Kenko Corporation (NKC) is proud to release the results of a recent survey it commissioned detailing the views and perceptions of 47 league representatives, coaches, distributors, parents, journalists and other targeted tennis-related individuals concerning their views on the Japanese sport of "Soft Tennis".

To download a free report detailing key findings of this survey, please visit:
July 16, 2007 Strong Appeal of "Soft Tennis" Highlighted in New Study by Nagase Kenko Corp. of Japan

Key conclusions include:
Soft Tennis is largely unknown outside Japan -- 55%+ of respondents indicated absolutely NO prior knowledge of sport -- even though audience comprised of individuals with strong ties to tennis;
After viewing a small amount of basic information, however -- ie, background page and intro video -- 45%+ of respondents noted they they had a GREAT DEAL of interest in the game;
Respondents appear to have few negative, or in fact any, preconceptions and to see Soft Tennis as an “adjunct” rather than a “substitute” sport to traditional tennis;
Most attracted by Soft Tennis’ ability to allow “Longer Rallies”, “Training”, “Control over Ball”;
“Quality”, “Performance” and “Durability” considered most important factors motivating tennis equipment purchases with far less emphasis on “Brand Name”, “Price” and “League Endorsement”;
Respondents, however, viewed “Lack of Equipment and “Availability” as primary constraints, emphasizing need for marketing, promotion and outreach to spread knowledge of, and interest in, Soft Tennis, as well as distribution and availability of product and related programs -- if Soft Tennis is to build a presence in the United States and other foreign markets outside of Japan;
At least among adults, Tennis Clubs seem to be the primary sponsor of tennis teams and their play;
Almost 50% of Respondents expressed a potential interest in organizing local tournaments and training programs in their areas and several have eagerly followed up since survey was released; and
Similarly, almost 50% of Respondents indicated a desire to have someone call them to discuss Soft Tennis Products, Services and Programs.
"The strong interest registered within this research was extremely impressive -- particularly since most of the people surveyed had no prior knowledge of Soft Tennis -- and their impressions were formed only from background info and a video that was provided”, notes Keith W. Rabin, President of KWR International, a consulting firm that conducted this study. "We were also encouraged by the high percentage of people who recognized the potential of Soft Tennis. This was seen in the data as well as the many requests received for information concerning products as well as how they might join with NKC to organize Soft Tennis tournaments and athletic programs within their respective areas.”

“Soft Tennis is little known in the US but has a 130+ year history in Japan. It allows more control and a chance to develop skills through longer rallies and if desired, indoor play. That makes for a flexible and enjoyable game as well as a valuable training tool -- which can be enjoyed by young and old alike", states Graham Morris, Director of Operations, Palm Beach County Sports Commission. "For this reason we invited NKC to play an integral part in our annual Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. This event will take place on July 19-20, and bring together 4,000+ local elementary and middle school children to learn the basics of soft tennis and 40+ other sports from the area's leading instructors."

"This study reinforces our belief in Soft Tennis as a viable product for the US and other foreign markets and is helping us to better understand the needs and concerns of international players and tennis-related organizations and businesses”, comments Yasuhiko Nagase, Executive Vice President of NKC. “We invite inquiries from dealers, retailers, leagues, teams, coaches, players, sporting goods companies and other alliance partners who are interested in working with NKC as we expand our international launch moving forward.”

For more information on Soft Tennis, NKC, Kenko products, services and sports marketing programs, please visit http://www.kenkosofttennis.com. You can also view an introductory video at http://www.kenkosofttennis.com/video.htm or contact the representative indicated below.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Nagase Kenko Corporation is a global, multi-line sporting goods company. In addition to its complete line of Soft Tennis product, NKC markets AirSafety and Universal Regulation baseballs as well as a wide range of additional sporting good products and services through its Team Sports and Tennis, Sports Flooring and Gymnastics Equipment and International Sales and Marketing divisions.

Presently employing a staff of over 250 individuals, NKC maintains four Japanese manufacturing facilities and three regional sales offices in Osaka, Fukuoka and Hokkaido. It also maintains a growing network of agents, distributors and representatives who help to manage its international sales and marketing and promotional activities.

Contact:
Alex Rabin
KWR International, Inc.
Tel. +1-212-532-3005
Fax. +1-212-685-2413
E-mail: kenko@kwrintl.com

*bunny*
11-01-2007, 01:00 PM
OMG...
But no one's going to listen to them anyway. :lol:

leng jai
11-01-2007, 01:56 PM
I've come to the conclusion that CmonAussie is an abstract philosopher way ahead of his time.

General Suburbia
11-01-2007, 03:42 PM
I remember my friend recommending the anime version (which preceded the live action version), based solely on the fact that I like tennis. I couldn't watch more than two episodes...it made a mockery of the sport, I think.

Still, it was extremely funny.

Forehander
11-01-2007, 03:47 PM
Dude don't talk SHIT seriously no offense. The soft tennis have nothing gotta do with the performance of japanese tennis players. My mum's a half Italian half Japanese who was raised in Japan. I return to Japan to my hometown Osaka every year for visit and seriously you know absolutely jackall about the tradition and culture of the Japanese society. So don't talk such judgemental garbage when it's obviously fucking wrong.

*Viva Chile*
11-01-2007, 03:56 PM
most :retard: thread I've seen in along time

Indeed, Prince of tennis rules :p

CmonAussie
11-01-2007, 07:41 PM
Dude don't talk SHIT seriously no offense. The soft tennis have nothing gotta do with the performance of japanese tennis players. My mum's a half Italian half Japanese who was raised in Japan. I return to Japan to my hometown Osaka every year for visit and seriously you know absolutely jackall about the tradition and culture of the Japanese society. So don't talk such judgemental garbage when it's obviously fucking wrong.



:rolleyes:
i don`t know why you`re being so harsh on me:sad:
...
i`ve been living in Japan for 5yrs, & began studying the language 7yrs ago;)
i work in public schools here [Fukuoka] & actually join in club activities [after school sports] with the students..
since i`m a tennis nut, naturally i play tennis with them, but the only variety that we can play is `soft tennis`:eek:
have you ever played `soft tennis`:confused:
i play it nearly every day after school, so don`t tell me "seriously you know absolutely jackall about the tradition...bla bla":p
also i speak with the sports coaches & various people who play both vavieties of tennis & many of my conclusions about `soft tennis` are based on their opinions as well~~ ie. that `soft tennis` and it`s widespread popularity in the Japanese school system has seriously prevented Japan from having more tennis players in the Top-100 [yes Suzuki`s almost made it & 10-years ago they had Matsuoka Shuzuo (won 1 atp title), but on the whole Japanese men esp have underperformed in tennis]:sad:
next year i`ll be getting married with a Japanese woman, and i speak with her family in their native language, naturally i have a genuine respect ror the culture & history here:cool:


anyway since you seem to know so much about Japan yourself, why don`t you tell me your opinion~~ instead of just criticising mine;)
why has a country of 120-million people [Japan], with a long tradition of playing tennis [over 120yrs], with ample tennis facilities [average 2 courts @ every junior high/high school]~~ failed to produce hardly any decent male players:confused:

do you seriously think playing `soft tennis` [a vastly different variety], where 2nd serves are always underarm & the backhand is hit 360-degrees the opposite way from a regular tennis backhand, played with significantly lighter, smaller, compresable balls [hit hard they change shape to look like a flying saucer], using smaller rackets [like a squash racket], with gut tensions ranging from 18-30, is helping give Japanese youth the best possible foundation in tennis & paving their talented players to become world class players:confused: :confused:

asher_langley
11-02-2007, 01:27 AM
I always thought that even if Japan has young tennis players with potentials, they might not get to pursue it because the (academic) culture makes them prioritze their studies more.

About PoT, we can think of it as one way to promote the tennis that we know (even if the moves ARE INSANE and would put even put the greats to shame), or since the status of the game there is mundane, the outrageous moves could be a reflection of what they (or the author's) want Japanese players to be. *shurgs*

Dusk Soldier
11-02-2007, 01:34 AM
Ryoma Echizen could win a Major w/o even dropping a game if he wanted to. Until Federer is that good at tennis, the japanese aren't going to be very interested.

Bad Religion
11-02-2007, 01:46 AM
This Ryoma is good

General Suburbia
11-02-2007, 01:56 AM
You know there were Prince of Tennis musicals, right? :haha: Never seen them but just the idea is comedy gold.
Ask and ye shall receive.

Clicky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao_EPdRw3N0)

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 10:06 AM
Ask and ye shall receive.

Clicky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao_EPdRw3N0)


:wavey:
thanks for the link:cool:

OMG:eek: :eek:
..that was embarrassing~ especially the random "You Know(s)":sad:
>>further proof that Japanese tennis doesn`t stand a chance with the likes of these panzy idol wannabies singing the virtues of being a tennis hero:o

HNCS
11-02-2007, 11:58 AM
to say something embarrassing..i got into tennis because of this anime. but now that i'm really into tennis. this anime is totally embarrassing... real tennis just rules. woohoo.

stebs
11-02-2007, 01:34 PM
Ask and ye shall receive.

Clicky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao_EPdRw3N0)

If only life was like this. :worship: :worship: :worship:

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 02:24 PM
If only life was like this. :worship: :worship: :worship:

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that`s the problem>> Japanese tennis life is like this:eek:
OK slight exageration, but seriously this is what the kids aspire to:sad:
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>> only ~2% of Japanese kids, who play in the school team every day [Junior high], know Federer`s name:eek:
>> then ask those same kids whether they know `The Prince of Tennis`, you`ll get 100% guaranteed:rolleyes:


even the recent Japan Open, played in Tokyo, wasn`t broadcast on local free to air TV:(
no jokes, you need cable to watch Japan`s only ATP tourney, even when it`s in their own backyard!!
I watched the evening news & sports reports on the local networks [NHK etc.] on the evening after the mens final, & none of them had a word about Pics win, of course if Sharapova had come this year the publicity would have been significant!!

Wimbledon is the only tourney broadcast on TV here, & even then they mostly show Japanese players in the doubles etc.. The Federer vs. Nadal final was shown on NHK delayed telecast from 3am:eek:

Stensland
11-02-2007, 03:05 PM
didn't we sort of talk about this some months ago? my 2 cents:

i guess the fact that no japanese players have emerged during the last waht, 50 years or so, ist mainly due to the society in japan. and it's not just tennis: ever wondered why people in japan like football, yet hardly any japanese football player has made an impact on the world stage? and for a country that loves baseball as much as japan does, the output of top players is slim. bit by bit we see them coming out of the shadows during the last years but it still takes lots of time for them to develop for the world stage.

i think the japanese society prevents its "children" from entering the spotlight. japanese people naturally don't like the big stage, they're more submissive than individually self-assured and outgoing. the world frightens them more than it does for the westerners, whose global perspective is different to japan. there's a reason why we even have "japanology" as a core subject to study over here. it's because they're different. japanese culture is about subordination, not about celebrity status or stuff like that. it's frowned upon and people eye wannabe-starlets extremely suspiciously whereas americans for example admire sports heroes.

this is why many japanese don't even try to stand out in the crowd. and this is also why many other things are the way they are. wonder why japan's the second biggest economy yet has just 20% of billionaires germany, france or the uk has?

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 03:20 PM
didn't we sort of talk about this some months ago? my 2 cents:

i guess the fact that no japanese players have emerged during the last waht, 50 years or so, ist mainly due to the society in japan. and it's not just tennis: ever wondered why people in japan like football, yet hardly any japanese football player has made an impact on the world stage? and for a country that loves baseball as much as japan does, the output of top players is slim. bit by bit we see them coming out of the shadows during the last years but it still takes lots of time for them to develop for the world stage.

i think the japanese society prevents its "children" from entering the spotlight. japanese people naturally don't like the big stage, they're more submissive than individually self-assured and outgoing. the world frightens them more than it does for the westerners, whose global perspective is different to japan. there's a reason why we even have "japanology" as a core subject to study over here. it's because they're different. japanese culture is about subordination, not about celebrity status or stuff like that. it's frowned upon and people eye wannabe-starlets extremely suspiciously whereas americans for example admire sports heroes.

this is why many japanese don't even try to stand out in the crowd. and this is also why many other things are the way they are. wonder why japan's the second biggest economy yet has just 20% of billionaires germany, france or the uk has?


:wavey:
:cool: okie dokes good post mate;)
...
all your points are valid, & i agree they are factors;)
but also are you aware of `soft tennis`:confused:
soft tennis is quite fun to play, but seriously a different game together>> it`s like hybrid tennis/squash game, but unique all the same..
one point for example, in soft tennis you`re supposed to hit the backhand by rotating the wrist under the grip>> making it 360 degrees different from a regular backhand grip:eek:
also practically all Japanese hit an underarm slice serve for 2nd serves, so the side spin is a much bigger factor than the velocity you serve [soft balls react incredibly well to slice];)

furthermore the fact that no tennis is shown on TV & hardly anybody knows the likes of Federer [even the tennis crazy kids who play at school every day], but worship Prince of Tennis, is a worry:eek:


BTW, Japan is no longer the 2nd biggest world economy, that banner went to China as of 2004!!

Stensland
11-02-2007, 03:32 PM
BTW, Japan is no longer the 2nd biggest world economy, that banner went to China as of 2004!!

china hasn't even taken over germany yet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

but you're probably right about the soft tennis thing. i actually didn't even know that that kinda sport exists... :o

guess i gotta turn to wikipedia to find out why the japanese are so fond of it.

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 03:37 PM
china hasn't even taken over germany yet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

but you're probably right about the soft tennis thing. i actually didn't even know that that kinda sport exists... :o

guess i gotta turn to wikipedia to find out why the japanese are so fond of it.


i saw an article in Business Weekly a few years back saying China had become the 2nd biggest world economy, anyway the method for calculating varies i guess:confused:


the wikipedia article on soft tennis isn`t particularly informative [unfortunately],
but there are some good links at the bottom of the page~ so check them out;)

also if you do a search on youtube & just write `soft tennis` you should see a bit of it & maybe realise some of the differences with regular tennis..

Stensland
11-02-2007, 03:43 PM
btw i don't get why some of you people keep bashing cmonaussie just because of his way of typing. that's just ridiculous! at least he's the one who constantly opens pretty interesting threads, be it stats, player-related information or anything else. most other threads are full of "partisanship", opened by either rafa-bashers, fed-bashers or djoko-bashers (or the other way around, -lovers). there's so much crap on page 1 regarding simple statements of players, troll stuff and all kinds of rubbish, so thank god someone out there comes up with things that don't refer to childish fanboy-behaviour.

altough he does sometimes cross the line when it comes to llegs... :D ;) but that's alright.

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 03:55 PM
btw i don't get why some of you people keep bashing cmonaussie just because of his way of typing. that's just ridiculous! at least he's the one who constantly opens pretty interesting threads, be it stats, player-related information or anything else. most other threads are full of "partisanship", opened by either rafa-bashers, fed-bashers or djoko-bashers (or the other way around, -lovers). there's so much crap on page 1 regarding simple statements of players, troll stuff and all kinds of rubbish, so thank god someone out there comes up with things that don't refer to childish fanboy-behaviour.

altough he does sometimes cross the line when it comes to llegs... :D ;) but that's alright.


:wavey: :angel:
Rrrainer mate:cool:
...you`re officially my best [only?] friend on MTF:D
thanks for your kind words, i try hard to be interesting, since i figure we`ve only got one shot in this life.~~Yeah some people like to criticise me a lot, i guess they prefer to see pointless fanatical threads discussing favourites:confused:


when it comes to Rocky Llegs Hewitt i`m obviously biased, but we`re all human:devil:

Stensland
11-02-2007, 03:59 PM
call me crazy, but judging from what i just read about the rules and the way of playing the game on the website of the german softtennis federation: this sounds fantastic! :) what a great game to play in the free-time. no wonder the nips like it. but i hear ya, it is probably pretty hard to switch to actual "men's" tennis after a while. once you've taken the moves in, it's ruff to change to real tennis just like that *snap*.

i think that is a game that might really grow on me once tried. i'm gonna check out the sports clubs over here and aks if there's any chance to have a try around where i live. sound just brilliant for a game you can play just like after work or something. i normally can't be bothered to hit the court after i come back from university because i'm pretty worn down after it. but softtennis? hell yeah! :)

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 04:11 PM
call me crazy, but judging from what i just read about the rules and the way of playing the game on the website of the german softtennis federation: this sounds fantastic! :) what a great game to play in the free-time. no wonder the nips like it. but i hear ya, it is probably pretty hard to switch to actual "men's" tennis after a while. once you've taken the moves in, it's ruff to change to real tennis just like that *snap*.

i think that is a game that might really grow on me once tried. i'm gonna check out the sports clubs over here and aks if there's any chance to have a try around where i live. sound just brilliant for a game you can play just like after work or something. i normally can't be bothered to hit the court after i come back from university because i'm pretty worn down after it. but softtennis? hell yeah! :)


soft tennis is definitely a fun game, no doubt about it;)
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the problem for me is i began playing regular tennis, but as i`m surrounded by Japanese playing soft tennis i naturally began playing that game more often..

the more i play soft tennis the worse my regular tennis becomes, though it`s good practice for the relexes & volleying is essentially the same with both varieties of tennis:cool:

###
Rrrainer bro,
if you`re ever coming to Japan [Fukuoka], let me know;)
i`ll show you around town & we can play soft tennis, guaranteed:D

soft tennis played on indoor wood [basketball court] is probably closer to regular tennis, but played on a clay court [actually Japanese clay is basically coarse sand] the ball spins something wicked:devil:

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 04:22 PM
~~~
#@@#
the 2007 German Soft Tennis Open was won by Becker [Maximilian]!!
check results here:
http://estf.org/results.php?id=60

Stensland
11-02-2007, 04:25 PM
Rrrainer bro,
if you`re ever coming to Japan [Fukuoka], let me know;)
i`ll show you around town & we can play soft tennis, guaranteed:D


:wavey: i'll remember that, thanx. :)

and if you ever come to germany, say around düsseldorf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCsseldorf , tell me before you leave. maybe some of your friends in japan have friends over here, because düsseldorf has one of the largest japanese diasporas around the globe, which is why i find japan quite interesting.

i don't live in düsseldorf though, but i'm from a city next to it (ratingen).

CmonAussie
11-02-2007, 04:36 PM
:wavey: i'll remember that, thanx. :)

and if you ever come to germany, say around düsseldorf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCsseldorf , tell me before you leave. maybe some of your friends in japan have friends over here, because düsseldorf has one of the largest japanese diasporas around the globe, which is why i find japan quite interesting.

i don't live in düsseldorf though, but i'm from a city next to it (ratingen).

:)
cheers, Dusseldorf looks like a nice clean city & cool mix of old & new:cool:
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all my Japanese friends are either in Japan, Korea or AUS, but I`ll let you know if any of them decide to head over to Germany;)

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BTW, my two favourite players when I was growing up in the 1980s were Pat Cash & Boris Becker:angel: .. Boris was by far the most charismatic of his generation:devil:

ChinoRios4Ever
11-02-2007, 05:03 PM
Ryoma Echizen is better than Fed and King Oscar :devil:

HNCS
11-08-2007, 05:54 AM
Ryoma Echizen is better than Fed and King Oscar :devil:

which reminds me cmonaussie....

is there a slight, even if just a little tinnie winnie bit, of despise for prince of tennis, because echizen defeated hewitt in the us open finals? ;)

General Suburbia
11-08-2007, 06:01 AM
Just imagine...a middle school Japanese tennis player beating the then #1 in the world.

LOL

CmonAussie
11-08-2007, 10:08 AM
which reminds me cmonaussie....

is there a slight, even if just a little tinnie winnie bit, of despise for prince of tennis, because echizen defeated hewitt in the us open finals? ;)



:wavey: :cool:
honestly the thought hadn`t crossed my mind;)
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but now that you mention it i do feel in my deep subconscious an unexplaneable loathing for Echizen & his buddies, the fact that he def Hewitt might have lodged in my brain @ some point:devil:

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but my main grips is the fact that Japan has an abundance of tennis players, it`s a very popular sport @ school, & yet 99% of the kids have never heard Federer`s name [for example], & simply don`t understand how exciting genuine tennis is!!
mostly i`m angry @ the Japanese media for ignoring tennis completely [except the`ll show Sharapova`s nipples if they get a chance]><!

General Suburbia
02-17-2008, 08:58 PM
It's nice to know that Japanese tennis has a pretty bright future in Nishikori.

Anyone else care to jump on the bandwagon?

*bunny*
02-17-2008, 09:09 PM
About time Japan has a top 100 player!
Go Kei! :rocker2:

*Viva Chile*
02-18-2008, 12:43 AM
About time Japan has a top 100 player!
Go Kei! :rocker2:

Kei should be nominated for next DC tie against India ;)

Deivid23
09-01-2008, 09:19 PM
Kei will make you change the title, CmonAussie :shrug:

scarecrows
09-01-2008, 09:22 PM
Kei will make you change the title, CmonAussie :shrug:

he's gone.....foreber :sad:

Deivid23
09-01-2008, 09:37 PM
he's gone.....foreber :sad:

I´ve just read, yup, I think he will be back, he´s too much of a showman to let these legendary threads die

CmonAussie
09-01-2008, 10:50 PM
I´ve just read, yup, I think he will be back, he´s too much of a showman to let these legendary threads die

:wavey:
You got me there Deivid mate:cool:
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Yeah i`m so glad Nishikori is proving me wrong:devil:
<>``<>.Seriously Kei is a legend:worship:, love this kid:cool:.
It`s funny watching all the tennis on Japanese sports news these days, until Nishikori began making waves (esp. after winning Delray in Feb)~ there was never any tennis on the TV. Even a Federer vs. Nadal slam final wouldn`t get a mention. Finally they`re taking notice & i can feel Japan is on the brink of a tennis boom:):angel:


BTW, this is just a cameo on my part:devil:

GlennMirnyi
09-01-2008, 11:33 PM
Don't leave us again CmonAussie. !!!!~~~~~~~!!!!^^^^!!!! :D

Deivid23
09-02-2008, 12:46 AM
:wavey:
You got me there Deivid mate:cool:
...
Yeah i`m so glad Nishikori is proving me wrong:devil:
<>``<>.Seriously Kei is a legend:worship:, love this kid:cool:.
It`s funny watching all the tennis on Japanese sports news these days, until Nishikori began making waves (esp. after winning Delray in Feb)~ there was never any tennis on the TV. Even a Federer vs. Nadal slam final wouldn`t get a mention. Finally they`re taking notice & i can feel Japan is on the brink of a tennis boom:):angel:


BTW, this is just a cameo on my part:devil:

@@¨*¨^*¨¨ :worship: ¨*¨^*¨¨@@

Mimi
09-02-2008, 02:44 AM
welcome back, CmonAussie :woohoo::hug::yippee::hug:


:wavey:
You got me there Deivid mate:cool:
...
Yeah i`m so glad Nishikori is proving me wrong:devil:
<>``<>.Seriously Kei is a legend:worship:, love this kid:cool:.
It`s funny watching all the tennis on Japanese sports news these days, until Nishikori began making waves (esp. after winning Delray in Feb)~ there was never any tennis on the TV. Even a Federer vs. Nadal slam final wouldn`t get a mention. Finally they`re taking notice & i can feel Japan is on the brink of a tennis boom:):angel:


BTW, this is just a cameo on my part:devil:

Jimnik
09-02-2008, 03:18 AM
Nishikori certainly can't be accused of soft tennis. Unlike most modern youngsters it's his defensive skills he needs to work on. But obviously I hope he always remains an attacking player.

CmonAussie
09-02-2008, 11:03 AM
welcome back, CmonAussie :woohoo::hug::yippee::hug:

:wavey:
Thanks Mimi-chan:hug::umbrella:
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Yeah i miss my MTF friends like you, Rrrainer, Deivid, Jimnik, Bunny & even GlenMirnyi:bigwave:
))0o0((~~ for the time being though i need to keep a low profile, in case those pesky mods spot me:secret:

<>Pity about Kei`s loss today, but still it`s quite an achievement to reach the last 16 @ a slam & considering he`s only 18yrs~ he can definitely build on this;)
Only concern with Kei is that he might be the injury prone type of player, it seems he needs to become more flexible (prevent cramps) by maybe doing yoga (as Rogi Fed has done:yeah:)~ to keep the injuries at bay!

Mimi
09-02-2008, 11:28 AM
I missed you too, i like your posts, especially those about winning % etc :hug::yippee::yippee:

its good that Japan finally has a good male player, may be you to send a letter of advice to Kei, asking him to do some yoga :p

:wavey:
Thanks Mimi-chan:hug::umbrella:
...
Yeah i miss my MTF friends like you, Rrrainer, Deivid, Jimnik, Bunny & even GlenMirnyi:bigwave:
))0o0((~~ for the time being though i need to keep a low profile, in case those pesky mods spot me:secret:

<>Pity about Kei`s loss today, but still it`s quite an achievement to reach the last 16 @ a slam & considering he`s only 18yrs~ he can definitely build on this;)
Only concern with Kei is that he might be the injury prone type of player, it seems he needs to become more flexible (prevent cramps) by maybe doing yoga (as Rogi Fed has done:yeah:)~ to keep the injuries at bay!

leng jai
09-02-2008, 11:37 AM
Aren't I your friend CmonAussie :sad: ?

Mimi
09-02-2008, 11:40 AM
you didn't put him in your signature :p
Aren't I your friend CmonAussie :sad: ?

CmonAussie
09-02-2008, 01:58 PM
Aren't I your friend CmonAussie :sad: ?

:wavey:
Sorry leng jai:bigwave:
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You are indeed my friend~ it was a terrible oversight on my part, please forgive:bowdown: