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How many of you actually play tennis?

leng jai
09-19-2006, 02:40 PM
Would be interesting to know. A lot of the posts on these boards make it seem like a whole lot of you are just armchair spectators who have no real experience on the game of tennis. For the record I have been playing for the last 7 years, and have a single handed backhand.

MurrayFan1
09-19-2006, 02:48 PM
I play it ocassionally but I'm not very good. I'm only just starting to learn to serve properly and my ground strokes suck haha. I suppose you really need lessons to play it well, it's not a sport like football where it's so simple to play.

supersexynadal
09-19-2006, 02:58 PM
Im supposed to be playing everyday but its my stupid senior year so im only plaing 3-4 times a week

sharpeirob
09-19-2006, 03:04 PM
Here in THE ZIM there aren't that many courts....but I do get to play :)

JimmyV
09-19-2006, 03:29 PM
3-4 Times a week, every day during the summer.

Samuel
09-19-2006, 03:38 PM
I've just tried a few times. I would like to start mor frequently tough. Right now it's just not possible because of school. But that'll change. ;-)

Xristos
09-19-2006, 03:41 PM
Hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think I play....Ohhhh thats right. Im turning pro soon..


MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Dont hate. Celebrate.

supersexynadal
09-19-2006, 03:45 PM
Hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think I play....Ohhhh thats right. Im turning pro soon..


MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Dont hate. Celebrate.

look whos here :eek:

cobalt60
09-19-2006, 03:54 PM
Yes I play. About once a week for fun and as long as the weather is nice.

Jogy
09-19-2006, 04:54 PM
I in normal play one or two times each week and sometimes more or not so often when my ellbow (not) allows it and is (not) good enough.

MisterQ
09-19-2006, 05:08 PM
I play a few times a week, much more in the summer. :tennis:

shonami slam
09-19-2006, 05:52 PM
Would be interesting to know. A lot of the posts on these boards make it seem like a whole lot of you are just armchair spectators who have no real experience on the game of tennis. For the record I have been playing for the last 7 years, and have a single handed backhand.

i have a friend who's been playing since he was 7 (i'm 20 now)
i've never seen more than a handful of proffetional raquets, yet i know way better than he does how a wooden raquet behaves. he has a great serve, but can't name 5 S&V players. he was ranked in the top100 juniors in israel(not amazing, i know - but it's quite good) but can't tell me the last 5 people to beat federer.
stats, names, titles, rankings, wins, H2Hs - those are armchair spectator knowledge pearls. i don't need to play claycourts to know that petrova's game thrives on green clay, while mauresmo is better on quicker clay courts that lead up to RG.
youre point, to begin with lacks any basis.
as a fat-ass glued to the computer i know much more than people who enjoy playing, excersizing and competing in the game.

stupid posts are stupid with or without the member's tennis history.

for the record, i have a single handed BH as well :P

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-19-2006, 06:21 PM
I play about twice a week.
I also play in my clubs house leagues and tournaments.

canbera
09-19-2006, 06:53 PM
I've been playing for 9 years and then had a 3 year break. Now I am back at it since a couple of months, and train with kids who are about 5 years younger than me and still make me fight for every single point ^^

haha, but it's good. I like it, even though I know I will never make it beyond club tournaments or the local league. But it's cool. I wanna have fun in life and give my best on the court, without worrying how bad I am ;)

FerrersLinda
09-19-2006, 07:11 PM
i have a friend who's been playing since he was 7 (i'm 20 now)
i've never seen more than a handful of proffetional raquets, yet i know way better than he does how a wooden raquet behaves. he has a great serve, but can't name 5 S&V players. he was ranked in the top100 juniors in israel(not amazing, i know - but it's quite good) but can't tell me the last 5 people to beat federer.
stats, names, titles, rankings, wins, H2Hs - those are armchair spectator knowledge pearls. i don't need to play claycourts to know that petrova's game thrives on green clay, while mauresmo is better on quicker clay courts that lead up to RG.
youre point, to begin with lacks any basis.
as a fat-ass glued to the computer i know much more than people who enjoy playing, excersizing and competing in the game.

stupid posts are stupid with or without the member's tennis history.

for the record, i have a single handed BH as well :P

Eventhough I don't normally post in GM thread, mainly because I'm scared to do so :scared: , I do want to react to this post.

First of all take it easy. The person who started this thread didn't say that if you don't play you know nothing of the game. So lighten up. :)

I actually agree with a lot of what you say. But before I started playing tennis I just didn't appreciate exactly how difficult some shots are to pull of. Or how well a player can develop a point. Things like that. :D

flmmkrz
09-19-2006, 07:19 PM
Grew up with a racquet in my hand. Played competitivly thru my junior years and still play tournies when I can but in my mid to late 20s now so can't play 4+ hours a day anymore. Still break out my sticks about 3-4 times a week if I got the time.

shonami slam
09-19-2006, 07:21 PM
Eventhough I don't normally post in GM thread, mainly because I'm scared to do so :scared: , I do want to react to this post.

First of all take it easy. The person who started this thread didn't say that if you don't play you know nothing of the game. So lighten up. :)

I actually agree with a lot of what you say. But before I started playing tennis I just didn't appreciate exactly how difficult some shots are to pull of. Or how well a player can develop a point. Things like that. :D

i normally don't post at all (i'm a no brainer in men's tennis - i enjoy reading and bieng updated though)
yes - i'm way too dramatic, but it's antigonizm (not sure if that's the way it's said in english)

i take your point about appriciation, but it mostly built my enthusiasm and love for the sport, didn't make me more knowledgable about it. oncourt genious, thought-tennis and taking advantage of any open door in the point is something i've learned from watching so many players, through different styles and surfaces using different tactics.
i'm just basing my opinion more, but really - you are correct that i don't take things lightly - glad i brought out a posty from you though :P

cmurray
09-19-2006, 07:24 PM
I play maybe twice a month...I'm pretty bad.

FerrersLinda
09-19-2006, 07:38 PM
i normally don't post at all (i'm a no brainer in men's tennis - i enjoy reading and bieng updated though)
yes - i'm way too dramatic, but it's antigonizm (not sure if that's the way it's said in english)

i take your point about appriciation, but it mostly built my enthusiasm and love for the sport, didn't make me more knowledgable about it. oncourt genious, thought-tennis and taking advantage of any open door in the point is something i've learned from watching so many players, through different styles and surfaces using different tactics.
i'm just basing my opinion more, but really - you are correct that i don't take things lightly - glad i brought out a posty from you though :P

:yeah:

SwissMister1
09-19-2006, 07:46 PM
I played in a league this summer and generally try to play as much as my schedule and bad ankles will allow...

NeverSayDie
09-19-2006, 08:13 PM
Eventhough I don't normally post in GM thread, mainly because I'm scared to do so :scared: , I do want to react to this post.

First of all take it easy. The person who started this thread didn't say that if you don't play you know nothing of the game. So lighten up. :)

I actually agree with a lot of what you say. But before I started playing tennis I just didn't appreciate exactly how difficult some shots are to pull of. Or how well a player can develop a point. Things like that. :D

I totally agree :yeah: I used to play every week but now i hardly ever play and i dont think that just because someone doesnt play tennis it means that they do not know anything about tennis :)

Radek Stepanek
09-19-2006, 08:16 PM
I play all the time, and i'm really good too. I will probably turn pro, so WATCH OUT!

pistolmarat
09-19-2006, 09:45 PM
twice a week:smash:

UrMomIsMySensei
09-19-2006, 09:53 PM
I played against Pete Sampras before. But that was about 5 years ago, when Sega Dreamcast was still cool to have.

Clara Bow
09-20-2006, 04:04 AM
I was on my high school team way back in the early 1990s. I tend to play about once or twice a week now, unless I am in training for a race- and then my exercise is really slanted towards running. I have found as I have gotten older, I enjoy playing doubles more and more- it can really be a fun way for old farts such as myself to socialize. :)

GlennMirnyi
09-20-2006, 04:07 AM
Two to three times a week.

ugotlobbed
09-20-2006, 04:20 AM
Hhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think I play....Ohhhh thats right. Im turning pro soon..


MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Dont hate. Celebrate.

hahhaahah u have to beat me first !

Mimi
09-20-2006, 04:26 AM
i took about 10 lessons (cheap primary tennis course provided by government) 4 years ago, and after that, i play about once every week, but however, my skills are as poor as hell, well, i should have started earlier, now i am too old :o

njorker
09-20-2006, 03:10 PM
Just started playing this year. That's bcoz I've only been a tennis fan for a few years and I thought why not take up the sport that I love? Didn't realize that to play tennis is SO DAMN HARD! But I'm enjoying it tremendously.

alfonsojose
09-20-2006, 03:21 PM
2-3 times per week

controlfreak
09-20-2006, 05:27 PM
I have been playing for the last 7 years, and have a single handed backhand.

for the record, i have a single handed BH as well :P

yous guys are such LOSERS, I have a NO-handed backhand and I can play perfect stop-volleys which literally stop moving completely on impact with the court, with my penis tied around my left ankle! Also I serve faster than Roddick even though I have only been playing for 8 months :ras:

_pyromatic
09-20-2006, 06:16 PM
I played when I was younger but then I discovered I was born with really bad shoulders (among other joints) so I can't play anymore. I miss it. :sad:

Blue Heart24
09-20-2006, 06:45 PM
I play tennis

scarecrows
09-20-2006, 06:58 PM
everyday

I'm a tennis coach

Loremaster
09-20-2006, 07:00 PM
I have been playing ever day for about 1,5-3h since I was 9 (iam 20 now). I wanted to go pro but I had bad injury when I was 15 I borke by hand badly when I was playing football(I had finger broken in 3 places, wrist broken and one more bone broken) luckily it was left hand but I was playing double-handed backhand and recovery was very long. And even now hand sometimes hurts badly and I have zero confidence in my backhand since then, but I still play tennis at least 1,5h every day because I love it(especially serve&vollying on clay :devil: ) and it is 100% for fun I still have trainings with coach but it is only to improve some things. And I prefer stydying than professional career, because I have much more free time

zesty_dorito
09-20-2006, 08:20 PM
the weather sucks in the fall and spring, but i play quite a bit in a training program. Thanks Andrew and Mark!

admiralpye
09-21-2006, 09:25 AM
I'm just a recreational-club player. Would love to try my hand at "real" tournaments but I have to build more confidence and improve my serve before I even spend money for the plane fare and registration fees, etc.

I do write about tennis, though (freelance).

mrserenawilliams
09-21-2006, 09:37 AM
i play a few times a week. i was a ranked national usta junior at one time.

RonE
09-21-2006, 09:38 AM
I have been playing for 14 years. I used to play quite frequently- about 3-4 times a week but since I started working I consider myself lucky to be able to get on court maybe once in two weeks.

adee-gee
09-21-2006, 09:48 AM
I have been playing for 14 years. I used to play quite frequently- about 3-4 times a week but since I started working I consider myself lucky to be able to get on court maybe once in two weeks.
I'm gonna bitch you like Rafa bitches Fed when I'm next in Israel ;)

Regenbogen
09-21-2006, 07:05 PM
I play for fun with friends, maybe 2 or 3 times a month, I'm not very good though

ANT0N!0
09-22-2006, 01:41 AM
I used to play very often, like four times a week. Now I don't have much time to play as much as I did, so I just play the weekends. I think I'm quite good though, I won a few tournaments (small ones, in my local club.. haha) and when I was 16 I almost started to play the nationals in Peru but I was bit doubtful and never really started! at the moment, I play on the weekends with friends just for fun.

r2473
08-01-2008, 07:53 PM
I'm rated at a 4.5 NTRP level.

So, pretty much a "park hack".

theMEESH
08-01-2008, 08:01 PM
During the school year, I play once every week. I was going to try out for the tennis team, but my senior year of high school, my tennis coach (who is absolutely a really nice person off of the court) pretty much made me lose the little confidence I have in my game. I would love to play more, but often times I don't have anyone at my level to play with and I'm hella scared of asking the "regulars" if I could play with them.

The Freak
08-01-2008, 08:12 PM
I play 4-5 times a week. I play for my high school and during the summer I'm doing drills and camps...

DhammaTiger
08-01-2008, 08:12 PM
I started playing for fun at the age of 22 while at university. !5 years ago i became very serious and started taking coaching . My coach at that time said, I had lots of bad habits so he taught me again from scratch at the age of 43 :lol: After that I competed in many club events and play every day on hard courts. Last year my present coach taught me one handed back hand which now I enjoy. When I am at home in Jeddah, I play 3 times a week singles for 90 minutes, but I am in Bangkok I play daily for an hour each time. Aside from scuba diving tennis is my only sport.

MIMIC
08-01-2008, 09:50 PM
2 or 3 times a week for me.

My serve: OK
My backhand: DEADLY
My forehand: shitty :lol: (but I found my problem and I'm working on it)
My slice: nonexistent
My volleying: meh

I started playing while in college, 2 years ago. Took a class and thought it was really fun.

raven gypsy
08-02-2008, 01:13 AM
Thanks for posting.
I've always been curious about this as well.

Pfloyd
08-02-2008, 01:15 AM
If by playing you mean I pick up a racket once a month and hit a yellow ball over the net and it lands anywhere, then yes I play.

Therefore I know more about tennis :p

Sunset of Age
08-02-2008, 01:17 AM
If by playing you mean I pick up a racket once a month and hit a yellow ball over the net and it lands anywhere, then yes I play.

Therefore I know more about tennis :p

:lol:

I play, once in a while, against my BF. He calls me a 'brainless ball basher', no less. Yeah, usually I win. :angel:

leng jai
08-02-2008, 01:18 AM
:lol:

I play, once in a while, against my BF. He calls me a 'brainless ball basher', no less. Yeah, usually I win. :angel:

Your BF must be on MTF to know such expert tennis terminology.

Sunset of Age
08-02-2008, 01:19 AM
Your BF must be on MTF to know such expert tennis terminology.

He is. :angel:

Pfloyd
08-02-2008, 01:19 AM
:lol:

I play, once in a while, against my BF. He calls me a 'brainless ball basher', no less. Yeah, usually I win. :angel:

Hah. Well if you win you have to do something right besides bashing a ball.

:)


After all, according to MTF "ball bashers can't win matches" :rolleyes:

leng jai
08-02-2008, 01:20 AM
Hah. Well if you win you have to do something right besides bashing a ball.

:)

Not if you're playing a fellow ballbasher. Someone has to win.

Sunset of Age
08-02-2008, 01:20 AM
Hah. Well if you win you have to do something right besides bashing a ball.

:)

Nah, I'm the stronger one of the both of us. Also, his movement kinda sucks.
(:wavey: Birdie! are you lurking, right now? :lol:)

Pfloyd
08-02-2008, 01:21 AM
:lol:

JolánGagó
08-02-2008, 01:23 AM
Also, his movement kinda sucks

:lol:

cobalt60
08-02-2008, 01:24 AM
High School team, every day in college, twice a week in grad school when the weather was nice then nada for years. Took it up again in 2006 and played once or twice a week. However recently have had a severe case of tennis elbow that will not go away so I have taken up another sport:p

smileitsmyan
08-02-2008, 01:24 AM
I had lessons for about 2 years when I was like 8 years old but then my parents couldn't afford to keep paying for them so I started playing casually. I hate working out so now whenever my clothes feel too tight, I play a few games with my brother who plays casually but quite frequently.

seljanin
08-02-2008, 01:28 AM
I was a big mug in my early days, because till my 15th birthday I thought that tennis is a mug sport. Before that I was playing football. Well, I tried tennis and felt in love with the sport :angel: In the first couple of years I was training/having practise matches some 4-5 times a week, then 3, now 1-2 (lack of time / work&university). Of course, I try to play more in summer, when courts are more available + cheaper.

My playing style: serve&volley, try to use some chip$charge and slice approaches, but my groundgame is quite bad, and topspin BH is even worse than Dr Ivo's :lol: Crap player I am, a below average club level. Love the game anyway :)

leng jai
08-02-2008, 01:31 AM
I was a big mug in my early days, because till my 15th birthday I thought that tennis is a mug sport. Before that I was playing football. Well, I tried tennis and felt in love with the sport :angel: In the first couple of years I was training/having practise matches some 4-5 times a week, then 3, now 1-2 (lack of time / work&university). Of course, I try to play more in summer, when courts are more available + cheaper.

My playing style: serve&volley, try to use some chip$charge and slice approaches, but my groundgame is quite bad, and topspin BH is even worse than Dr Ivo's :lol: Crap player I am, a below average club level. Love the game anyway :)

Theres no shame in being crap mate, most of us here are too :worship:

Yappa
08-02-2008, 01:40 AM
I am actually a far better Badminton player. :D My serve is laughable.

Richardgm
08-02-2008, 01:51 AM
Played when I was in High School... never again.

dsingh7
08-02-2008, 02:24 AM
i play 5-6 times a week in hard courts...only in summer...i can
-hit forehand with loads of topspin so that my opponent can hit clean flat winner :-)
-Only know topspin backhand
-Can serve like Anna chakvetadze :-)

all in all i am still a mug

Ilovetheblues_86
08-02-2008, 02:32 AM
I was junior only. :(

HeretiC
08-02-2008, 02:38 AM
2 times per week regularly, sometimes 3 times when my tendinitis (both knees) allows it.

habibko
08-02-2008, 02:39 AM
Tennis isn't a popular sport at my country, but I play at college once or twice a week where we have hard courts, I first learned to play while I was on my vacation at a local club in Japan for 2 months on clay which is the first surface I played on, that is 2 years ago, so I'm still pretty much a beginner.

I have an average serve (I'm 6'3 tall), two-handed backhand which is my favorite shot :rolleyes: I'd like to play a match against you leng jai ;)

Smoke944
08-02-2008, 02:45 AM
I play seriously year round and everyday in the summer. Played today in the afternoon a couple hours away from Cincy, got a good sweat in as you could imagine :o
Tennis is frustrating me at the moment, though. When you watch the guys at Cincy practice and everything for 4 days they make it look so easy. Now I come home and I remember it's not :mad:. I'm taking Gonzo cuts at forehands and am mishitting them impressive distances :smash:

Caio_Brasil
08-02-2008, 02:59 AM
I played something like three months when I was 7, but ended by practicing another wonderful sport that swimming is. I think that in 2 years or something I'll try to star playing tennis when I have the time to it :)

ChocGeek
08-02-2008, 03:11 AM
Tennis facilities here are not up to standards, unfortunately. Still, I make a point to play weekly.

Econman
08-02-2008, 07:43 AM
I began playing tennis at the age of 10 in 1986 and continued through high school and university. I play three or four times a year since the late 1990s. I have a strong serve and approach the net whenever an opportunity emerges. I enjoy lawn, hardcourts and artificial lawn despite the sand.

Monteque
08-02-2008, 08:04 AM
High School team, every day in college, twice a week in grad school when the weather was nice then nada for years. Took it up again in 2006 and played once or twice a week. However recently have had a severe case of tennis elbow that will not go away so I have taken up another sport:p

Me too, high school team (in mixed double) in my sophomore and senior years.
Actually me and my teammate, is a back-up plan when the main couple got sick or there were some spots to fill. I was put in the school team because i won the intern competition between students. It was funny now because I never win a single match in local region competition.

Now i play tennis (mainly double)about 3 hours every saturday, sunday evenings and if the holiday comes(not working), i can spend another 2 hours for tennis.

Knightmace
08-02-2008, 08:04 AM
I have been playing, for 7 years now, stilll training 5-6 times a week.

Allez
08-02-2008, 08:05 AM
At least three times a week. I love it!

Monteque
08-02-2008, 08:08 AM
I have been playing, for 7 years now, stilll training 5-6 times a week.

wow, you must be tired of it.

MrChopin
08-02-2008, 08:11 AM
A friend who played in college says I'd be a 4.0. I play only during summers, and my 1H backhand is not very impressive.

Allez
08-02-2008, 08:25 AM
I play all year round and my groundies are quite good with my single handed backhand being the most powerful...My forehand is pretty decent too. I can move the ball around without too much difficulty. I can hit the slice off both wings. Can lob and hit the ocassional drop shot... BUT my serve is rubbish and my volleying even worse :eek: So though I can probably hang with any decent club level player off the ground, I often lose because I almost never come in to finish things off and my second serve always gets punished :sad:

I'm currently working on my serve and volleying and though not very good at coming forward, I'm not as afraid as I was before. :rolleyes:

Sebby
08-02-2008, 09:16 AM
I'm the Ultimate Mug and my serve is a joke. I prefer to bash players watching TV.

Ilovetheblues_86
08-02-2008, 09:34 AM
Actually the most difficult thing is the movement on court and volleys, serving and strokes i´m good at.

Erica86
08-02-2008, 09:58 AM
I usually play on Sundays. I think I am average. I beat all girls I play with, but most of the boys beat me quite easily. This is so frustrating that I have seriously considered to give it up, and start jogging or swimming.

*snowflake*
08-02-2008, 10:21 AM
I got my first racket when i was about 4. My parents played and i grew up with tennis balls and rackets all over the house. I thought it was the most boring thing ever! I'd just wait for it to be over so i could even out the clay.
Then all through out my teens i was rebelious and i could care less about tennis.
Then, all of a sudden, i fell in love with it. I started watching and picked up the racket again.
I play (for fun) whenever i can, prefere clay, have a 2 handed backhand and hit like a girl...that i am :)

Karolina_Sprem
08-02-2008, 10:35 AM
I play monthly maybe 2-3 times... Not so often as I used to...
I play two hands backhand & forehand :D.... and yes Jan Michael Gambill ROCKS:rocker::rocker:

P.s. also played with Lucic many, many years ago while she was in Croatia, oh boy, she kicked my as***:wavey: Not easy to play against those ballbashers :D

Or Levy
08-02-2008, 11:02 AM
I started playing about 10 months ago, with a coach, twice a week. I recently started playing with friends, as well. I never held a racquet before that.

Well, everything about my tennis but my one hand backhand suck (my coach said I have excellent timing and pace on it). But my forehand is wild, my serve doesn't exist (you gotta be able to toss the ball right first), and my movement leaves a lot to be desired.

But I'm having so fun playing this game, I'm probably never going to be good at it, no amount of practice can make me a coordinated person, but I'm doing a lot better than I thought I'd be doing when I first picked up a racquet.

maria_marie
08-02-2008, 11:24 AM
right now during the summer I play 2 or 3 times a week but I only started four years ago so I'm not very good at it. I'm very inconsistent sometimes. It is true that it's difficult to appreciate the difficulty of game if you haven't played it yourself.

avocadoe
08-02-2008, 11:35 AM
I've been playing since I was ten, took my first lessons when I was 14, played #2 singles on a vey good high school team, and #1 singles on a very bad college team. I stopped playing when I was thirty years old for almost thirty years! I resumed playing at sixty, and plan to play the rest of my life. I got a coach, chose the head of junior development in the area, which was a good choice both because he is good, and taught me modern strokes, but also because I get to play with his Juniors. That is fun for me! Sort of like looking in a rear view mirror :) I love tennis, playing, watching, predicting, drooling!

guille&tati4life
08-02-2008, 11:46 AM
I play about 6 or 7 times a year, not that many of my mates are tennis fans, so it ain't easy.
If I was on the ATP I'd be hated, I'm a big server who after the serve becomes a pusher :p

RogandyFan
08-02-2008, 11:55 AM
I am only a grinder/pusher. usually mistime almost every shot if i decide to go for it.

adee-gee
08-02-2008, 12:05 PM
and have a single handed backhand.
:eek:

anon57
08-02-2008, 12:08 PM
If by playing you mean I pick up a racket once a month and hit a yellow ball over the net and it lands anywhere, then yes I play.

Therefore I know more about tennis :p
If this indeed counts as playing tennis I play tennis once or twice a month, I suck though:p

Magenta
08-02-2008, 12:16 PM
I've been playing for 11 years, since I was a kid. I could have gone pro back in the day but never took it seriously. These days I just prefer ballbashing.

MacTheKnife
08-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Played competitively during my younger days, 69 to 78. Played some satellite events and planned to be a teaching pro. Had a serious shoulder injury and had to get a real job. Gave up the tennis due to traveling with job and change of focus. Started playing again 2 years ago after 25 years out of playing and still playing at a 4.0 level. Retired now and play 5 days a week depending on the weather. Don't move to well anymore and eyesight is pathetic but still love it, can't believe I was out for that long. Stayed a fan the whole time though and kept up with the big boys.

I do have a single hand BH. When I started, no one had the 2 hander, I tried it when it started gaining popularity, but just felt it limited my reach to much.

LaTenista
08-02-2008, 12:23 PM
Been taking lessons and playing for 4 years now. I am a 3.5. I only get to play about once a week now since I keep running off my tennis partners :unsure: and there are no lit courts near me.

Tankman
08-02-2008, 12:31 PM
Would be interesting to know. A lot of the posts on these boards make it seem like a whole lot of you are just armchair spectators who have no real experience on the game of tennis. For the record I have been playing for the last 7 years, and have a single handed backhand.

10 years and counting :D Only been serious for the past 3-4 though... before that I had a pretty ordinary coach and didn't improve much :o

Which reminds me - I need to hurry up and find some good comps :lol:

At the moment, I play 2-3 times a week... I'd like to play so much more, but with uni and other people also having busy schedules I really can't :sad:

You in Sydney by any chance? :wavey: I'm predominantly a baseliner - main weapon would be the mid-court forehand to the forehand side :) Decent serve, very ordinary netgame, crappy short-ball game :( and a 2-hander :p I have been experimenting with a single-hander though, and am hoping to be able to switch between the two :D

Rogieva
08-02-2008, 12:33 PM
I played a lot for my county and tournaments around my county.

My FH is my weapon. I hit it very flat. I normally hit most of my winner off it but also most of my errors. Backhand is usually solid. Serve is good, can make a few too many DF's to (7 or 8 in 2 sets) Volleys are weak but smash is good

Tommy fan
08-02-2008, 01:33 PM
I play, usually 3-4 times in a week, and in the summer vacation pretty much all week :)

Damn
08-02-2008, 01:45 PM
3-4 times a week with my brother. I've been playing for a long time (since I was 4-5 years old), but I injured my right ankle pretty bad and then I can only play against him as a hobby.

sheeter
08-02-2008, 03:24 PM
I play as much as I can.

Venle
08-02-2008, 03:32 PM
I play.

VolandriFan
08-02-2008, 03:59 PM
Guess that blows your theory out of the water. At least 80% of MTF posters polled play tennis, 50% on a serious level and regularly. 1/10 don't play.

Naranoc
08-02-2008, 04:13 PM
Guess that blows your theory out of the water. At least 80% of MTF posters polled play tennis, 50% on a serious level and regularly. 1/10 don't play.

Although this obviously doesn't count the holed up chat thread users on MTF :p

I play sometimes, and quite badly. Maybe if I could serve properly...

ReturnWinner
08-02-2008, 04:14 PM
I do and I am better than Florent Serra.

Smasher
08-02-2008, 04:21 PM
I do and I am better than Florent Serra.
Wow, that's great. Can I have your autograph?

Winnipeg
08-02-2008, 04:51 PM
I Play Everyday, Im a Top Junior in Manitoba...

Ilovetheblues_86
08-02-2008, 07:39 PM
Played competitively during my younger days, 69 to 78. Played some satellite events and planned to be a teaching pro. Had a serious shoulder injury and had to get a real job. Gave up the tennis due to traveling with job and change of focus. Started playing again 2 years ago after 25 years out of playing and still playing at a 4.0 level. Retired now and play 5 days a week depending on the weather. Don't move to well anymore and eyesight is pathetic but still love it, can't believe I was out for that long. Stayed a fan the whole time though and kept up with the big boys.

I do have a single hand BH. When I started, no one had the 2 hander, I tried it when it started gaining popularity, but just felt it limited my reach to much.

Can you tell us the main differences between tennis 25 years ago and now. DFo people really bash more the ball and use less the serve and volley and slices on your amateur games???

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2008, 07:41 PM
I took lessons in university. I now hit with a friend from time to time. I'm a lefty. I'm quite terrible, really. I'm pretty agile and quick, but have little else going for my game :D

octatennis
08-02-2008, 08:25 PM
i used to play the sport, then i quit like 2 years ago because i couldn't afford it anymore, it is really expensive but i enjoyed every single day despite if that day i played crap o amazing, i have a 1handed BH( it was monster when i used with lethal top- bounce as high as rafa's drive), my forehand is solid but i don't have much accel with that stroke unless the ball bounce high and then i destroy it hitting flatt, my serve is shit despite my height(6'1) and my strenghts are returning, volleying, and i considered myself as a counter puncher.

ps: great backhand slice.

blank_frackis
08-02-2008, 08:35 PM
Guess that blows your theory out of the water. At least 80% of MTF posters polled play tennis, 50% on a serious level and regularly. 1/10 don't play.

It's flawed logic in any case to assume that you need to have extensive experience of playing the game to know anything about it. Some of the best coaches in the game have never played tennis to any kind of standard.