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Tennis adrenaline. Who does it for you?

cmurray
09-06-2006, 08:49 PM
I'm just wondering if this happens to anyone else. When I watch a match with a player I'm particularly invested in, I get this feeling....it's almost like stage fright. My heart pounds, my stomach knots up, my breathing accelerates, my knees quiver a little.

It's ridiculous, really. I mean, it's only tennis. And what's funny about it is that, like stage fright, it is SO much worse during the match. Once the match is over, even my guy doesn't win, the disappointment is sort of fleeting.

Andre's matches always did that to me. And most recently, Rafa and Safin's matches. Even now, I'm on an adrenaline hangover from the Safin/Haas match.

Does this happen to anyone else? And if so, who puts you in this sorry state.

Cheryl

atheneglaukopis
09-06-2006, 08:52 PM
I'm just wondering if this happens to anyone else. When I watch a match with a player I'm particularly invested in, I get this feeling....it's almost like stage fright. My heart pounds, my stomach knots up, my breathing accelerates, my knees quiver a little.

It's ridiculous, really. I mean, it's only tennis. And what's funny about it is that, like stage fright, it is SO much worse during the match. Once the match is over, even my guy doesn't win, the disappointment is sort of fleeting.

Andre's matches always did that to me. And most recently, Rafa and Safin's matches. Even now, I'm on an adrenaline hangover from the Safin/Haas match.

Does this happen to anyone else? And if so, who puts you in this sorry state.

CherylSafin. Fed vs. Nadal. :banghead:

Regenbogen
09-06-2006, 08:56 PM
It's ridiculous, really. I mean, it's only tennis. And what's funny about it is that, like stage fright, it is SO much worse during the match. Once the match is over, even my guy doesn't win, the disappointment is sort of fleeting.


Oh I know...I'll be freaking out during that match and two minutes later I won't even care anymore...

I haven't felt like that as much recently, as I'm not totally obsessed with one player as I often am.

atheneglaukopis
09-06-2006, 09:07 PM
Oh I know...I'll be freaking out during that match and two minutes later I won't even care anymore...Well, I'm glad, I don't want my entire day ruined by tennis. I enjoy the adrenaline rush and the suspense during the match itself, but when tennis is over, it's over.

cmurray
09-06-2006, 09:23 PM
The only time I was truly honestly upset over a result (meaning that it DID ruin the next day for me) was that 2001 match Andre played against Pete at the USO. He didn't lose his serve even once and he still lost. I was SO disappointed the next day I could barely watch any matches.

Kalliopeia
09-06-2006, 09:27 PM
Andre, Safin,and Nadal for me too. And Baghdatis. Which means of course that the Agassi/Baghdatis match was like HELL for me.

MariaV
09-06-2006, 09:29 PM
Marat & Rafa for me.

cmurray
09-06-2006, 09:34 PM
I was just wondering....I mean I LOVE Safin's game. It is VERY exciting when he's on. Same with Rafa. But do you think our investment in those guys has anything at all to do with their hotness factor? :devil:

I'll admit it. Tournaments are a WHOLE lot more interesting to me if I have Marat to look at. God, I'm shallow. :p


Cheryl

Foosimoo
09-06-2006, 09:50 PM
Oh my god, I sooo know what you mean. It happens every time I watch an Ollie match. :p

Balaenopteramusculus
09-06-2006, 10:14 PM
Marat,Kiefer and Hingis all have this effect on me.

stebs
09-06-2006, 10:16 PM
I don't get this very badly but I do sometimes. I find it so much worse when watching a scoreboard as well.

marifline
09-06-2006, 10:16 PM
Interesting subject...
Match where I was freaking out... Funny how sometimes I even regret to be watching ( makes me really sick ...)
Gasquet vs Fed MC 05 : with the tie break in the third set: I was dying...
Safin vs Fed : TMC 04 : the tie break again, 2nd set ( very very long tie break it killed my nerves)
and again in the AO 05 SF : incredible match !
TMC Double Final 05 Llodra/Santoro vs Zimonjoc/Paes

Almost anytime the damn French Davis Cup Team is playing !!! :p :p :p They are amazing...

Oh and Paulo..Paulo is a very hard player to watch.. :

dmit424
09-06-2006, 10:20 PM
When Hewitt plays.

zaboomafoo
09-06-2006, 11:38 PM
nadal, for ex now i dont feel sad but i sure feel angry as hell

cmurray
09-06-2006, 11:42 PM
The biggest problem for me is that I feel like I'm being cheated out of the rest of the tournament. I don't truly have anyone left to cheer for, only Roger to cheer against, which isn't nearly as fun. Plus, it makes me feel petty to just hope that somebody loses. I sort of like Roddick and Haas, but not to the heart pounding extent that I care about Marat and Rafa.


Cheryl

Kalliopeia
09-06-2006, 11:43 PM
I don't get this very badly but I do sometimes. I find it so much worse when watching a scoreboard as well.

Oh it's so much worse if you have to watch a scoreboard instead of the match itself. Before they finally started showing the Nadal match today I was watching the live scores and just dying. They should tell you if a serve is a let or fault or something, because you just sit there wondering 'are they playing? is rafa STILL adjusting his socks? WHAT'S HAPPENING!' And that little number just refuses to flip.

And about whether attractiveness is a factor...well maybe a little. :) But frankly there are players that I think are very attractive but I don't get that way about so I don't think it's a huge factor.

cmurray
09-06-2006, 11:48 PM
And about whether attractiveness is a factor...well maybe a little. But frankly there are players that I think are very attractive but I don't get that way about so I don't think it's a huge factor.

This is true. I actually think Federer, Blake and Feli are hot as well. Not fans of any of them, really.

But at the same time, my enjoyment of a Safin match is certainly enhanced by the fact that he's sexy as hell. Same thing with Rafa. ;)

princediablo
09-07-2006, 12:02 AM
Wimbledon 3rd Round Roddick v Murray. Murray's my second most hated player. Roddick's my favorite. :mad: :mad:

Neely
09-07-2006, 12:06 AM
most all players, it's Kiefer vs anybody

Kalliopeia
09-07-2006, 01:19 AM
But at the same time, my enjoyment of a Safin match is certainly enhanced by the fact that he's sexy as hell. Same thing with Rafa. ;)

True. During the Safin match today I felt myself going "...oh my god, he looks so good in that shade of red." :D Of course it also depends on how they're playing. Safin was showing stretches of great play today and that's when I could relax and...appreciate other things. :cool: But Rafa's match was too agonizing for me to ever even think of it.

And I'm also out of people to cheer for. I'll have fun cheering against Roddick tonight but otherwise, I'm down to Federer. I told my friend this and he says "Wow, if you are down to Federer, I know it's bad." Heh.

User id 7816
09-07-2006, 01:20 PM
I'm still on adrenalin hangover from Gaudio's RG win. No kidding. haven't had the same experience since but it happens, you get real nervous watching :devil:
I guess I'm lucky I don't feel like this when I watch Safin's matches, because I'm sure those who do have real heart problems. ;p last I was on my toes was in Feli's match vs Ljubo and Baggy-Agassi.

Kristen
09-07-2006, 01:36 PM
For me, if it's one of the top guys (the top row in my signature...and Alex Popp) it's edge-of-your-seat, nail biting stuff. I become pessimistic, doubting their abilities. I sometimes give annoying, biased commentary, which even frustrates myself. Even when my player is winning, it just feels like a matter of time before the other guy gets his act together :rolls: I am hopeless ;)

Alexander Popp was always the worst for me. :awww::hug:

cmurray
09-07-2006, 03:13 PM
True. During the Safin match today I felt myself going "...oh my god, he looks so good in that shade of red." :D Of course it also depends on how they're playing. Safin was showing stretches of great play today and that's when I could relax and...appreciate other things. :cool: But Rafa's match was too agonizing for me to ever even think of it.

And I'm also out of people to cheer for. I'll have fun cheering against Roddick tonight but otherwise, I'm down to Federer. I told my friend this and he says "Wow, if you are down to Federer, I know it's bad." Heh.

I agree. Not one time when Rafa was playing yesterday did I say, "Damn, look at his body", which I ususally do at least 4 times a match. Safin on the other hand....I dunno. Maybe it's because I don't see him as often. But even when he's losing I'm still thinking about his....attributes.

I always wonder how many calories I'm burning watching Rafa play. My heart beats at a constant "fat burn" rate for the entire match - especially if it's close.

I also felt this way when Baghdatis played in the Australian Open. For some reason, I was really pulling for him.

The funniest thing is that I have TiVo and sometimes, like yesterday when Rafa was playing so poorly, I had to fast forward through and just watch the score in high speed at the bottom of the screen. Obviously, I'm a sick demented individual. :p

Cheryl

adee-gee
09-07-2006, 03:15 PM
I get like that over my TT matches :lol: :p

adee-gee
09-07-2006, 03:16 PM
By the way Cheryl, you don't need to put your name at the end of posts. We know who wrote them :p :kiss:

cmurray
09-07-2006, 03:16 PM
I'm still on adrenalin hangover from Gaudio's RG win. No kidding. haven't had the same experience since but it happens, you get real nervous watching :devil:
I guess I'm lucky I don't feel like this when I watch Safin's matches, because I'm sure those who do have real heart problems. ;p last I was on my toes was in Feli's match vs Ljubo and Baggy-Agassi.

That match with Coria was CRAZY. And since I wasn't emotionally invested, it was actually enjoyable for me. I sometimes think that it would be better to be somewhat emotionally distant from a match, because even though you don't get that giddy feeling if they win, the actual watching is more enjoyable if you aren't chewing your nails down to the quick.


Cheryl

cmurray
09-07-2006, 03:20 PM
By the way Cheryl, you don't need to put your name at the end of posts. We know who wrote them :p :kiss:

It's habit. I find it EXCEEDINGLY amusing that everyone is SO distraught that I type my first name after my post. I'll tell you what. Just think of it as part of my signature - that way it won't disturb you so much.

NeverSayDie
09-07-2006, 03:20 PM
I find it so much worse when watching a scoreboard as well.

OMG when i was watching the scoreboard for the Rome Masters Series event final, Fed vs Rafa :hysteric: :hysteric: :hysteric: that drove me MAD and when federer had those two match points :eek: :eek:

But it is a great feeling :D

adee-gee
09-07-2006, 03:22 PM
It's habit. I find it EXCEEDINGLY amusing that everyone is SO distraught that I type my first name after my post. I'll tell you what. Just think of it as part of my signature - that way it won't disturb you so much.
:lol: just thought I'd try save you a bit of time. Just thank your lucky stars that you don't have a name like Pirasathankan (I had a patient come in earlier with that name :o )

cmurray
09-07-2006, 03:31 PM
:lol: just thought I'd try save you a bit of time. Just thank your lucky stars that you don't have a name like Pirasathankan (I had a patient come in earlier with that name :o )

I've just always done it. I guess because making a post feels like writing a letter or an e-mail and I ALWAYS sign them. I actually had somebody call me retarded yesterday because I do so. Never really thought of it as a big deal, but apparently.... :D

Yeah, at least my name doesn't have 18 letters. :)

name_change
09-07-2006, 03:33 PM
Agassi, Henin-Hardenne.

Metis
09-07-2006, 03:46 PM
I was just wondering....I mean I LOVE Safin's game. It is VERY exciting when he's on. Same with Rafa. But do you think our investment in those guys has anything at all to do with their hotness factor? :devil:
Hmmm... I don't think so. I find Safin, Nadal very attractive and sexy but I doubt that is the reason why I have the crazy reactions you described in your 1st post. Besides it also happens when I watch Amelie Mauresmo and I am a straight girl. :)

I agree though with whoever said that they have lost interest in this tournament. Same for me on the men's side at least, now that Nadal, Safin, Murray and Gasquet are out. It looks like a Roddick-Federer final :zzz: with an expected outcome. Maybe Andy can do something this time, though I doubt it.

rmb6687
09-07-2006, 03:47 PM
Marat and Roddick. Roddick not as much as I used to...but Marat is as strong as it ever was.

And yes, when either on is playing well, I don't pay as much attention to their strokes as I do to their...um...yeah, so I'm shallow in that sense too. But honestly, I'm not obsessed about every hot guy on our...I just 'feel' more for these than any other player on tour.

cmurray
09-07-2006, 03:53 PM
Hmmm... I don't think so. I find Safin, Nadal very attractive and sexy but I doubt that is the reason why I have the crazy reactions you described in your 1st post. Besides it also happens when I watch Amelie Mauresmo and I am a straight girl. :)

I agree though with whoever said that they have lost interest in this tournament. Same for me on the men's side at least, now that Nadal, Safin, Murray and Gasquet are out. It looks like a Roddick-Federer final :zzz: with an expected outcome. Maybe Andy can do something this time, though I doubt it.

I have for the most part too. Roddick is probably my favorite of those that are left, but there's no rush for me anymore. sigh.

I like Murray too. How odd. I wonder why Safin, Rafa and Murray end up on the same lists. They don't play the same kind of tennis......

Kalliopeia
09-07-2006, 04:15 PM
I always wonder how many calories I'm burning watching Rafa play. My heart beats at a constant "fat burn" rate for the entire match - especially if it's close.


Yesterday during the Rafa match I was actually cleaning to distract myself. I had the tv on, my laptop on so I could keep an eye on the score while they showed Blake and Berdych, and when the match finally came back on tv and it was so painful I kept thinking "Jesus it's like an OVEN in here!" and turning the ceiling fans on high and stuff, and it just didn't help...then the match ended and mysteriously it got much cooler... :lol:

I'll be pulling for Youzhny against Roddick, and Federer against Blake. I'm so unpatriotic. :p It's hard to get very excited about it now, though I'll still be watching.

Effka
09-07-2006, 04:56 PM
Roddick, Acasuso and Marat to me.

I remember getting a tic while watching Safin vs. Fed in Aussie Open semis , that was pretty extreme :lol:

cmurray
09-07-2006, 05:02 PM
Roddick, Acasuso and Marat to me.

I remember getting a tic while watching Safin vs. Fed in Aussie Open semis , that was pretty extreme :lol:

OMG. My heart nearly pounded out of my chest during that match. The quality of tennis alone nearly made me cry. I've never seen ANYTHING like it before or since. I'm not kidding when I say I could hardly stand it. I kept covering my eyes. How those guys didn't fall apart, I'll never know.

rmb6687
09-07-2006, 05:55 PM
OMG. My heart nearly pounded out of my chest during that match. The quality of tennis alone nearly made me cry. I've never seen ANYTHING like it before or since. I'm not kidding when I say I could hardly stand it. I kept covering my eyes. How those guys didn't fall apart, I'll never know.

ahhh I know. Such a phenomenal match. As much as I would love for them to happen often, I don't think I could handle it.

Bagelicious
09-07-2006, 09:08 PM
I don't get this very badly but I do sometimes. I find it so much worse when watching a scoreboard as well.

It's exponentially worse watching the scoreboard. At least when you watch it you can see how they lost (or won) - was the opponent just better when it mattered, did the player cramp up, run out of gas whatever. You can prepare yourself for the possibility of a loss much better because you can see it coming with your own eyes.

It's so much easier to deal with it when you can see for yourself what led up to the loss. When you watch the scoreboard it's like you're just making this hugely emotional wish and you have no idea of whether or not it will come true - and it's always so gutting when it doesn't.

amon84
09-08-2006, 09:43 AM
For me the only one who makes me react this way is Marat Safin. I read most of the previous messages and I notice that almost everybody reacts this way with Marat! And sometimes it's true when he plays very well I can't help thinking:" OMG he is so hoooooooot". But with Marat you never know until the end if he will win or lose so I am more concentrated on his game.

cmurray
09-08-2006, 11:44 AM
For me the only one who makes me react this way is Marat Safin. I read most of the previous messages and I notice that almost everybody reacts this way with Marat! And sometimes it's true when he plays very well I can't help thinking:" OMG he is so hoooooooot". But with Marat you never know until the end if he will win or lose so I am more concentrated on his game.

He is so unpredictable that you can never just assume he's going to win. For instance, when Rafa plays a guy ranked 98 in the world, I pretty much know he's going to win. This is not true of Marat and it makes every match sort of a nail biter. Plus, he could completely lose it at any time during a match, or you might see him be utterly brilliant. It's a hell of a ride.

Cheryl