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Does place of birth determine the way of playing?

Montego
03-22-2007, 12:05 PM
I know that on the first sight the question may seem dumb, as it's obvious that those born in Argentina will be better claycourters than those born in Australia and those born in GB will be better grass players than those born in Spain.

But my question is rather focused on two nations:

Austria, Croatia

If you take a closer look at these two nations, it appears that many Austrians are left-handed, while many Croats are big-servers.

Muster, Melzer, Koubek, Bammer, Knowle

Ivanisevic, Ljubicic, Ancic, Cilic etc....

Why is it so ?

buzz
03-22-2007, 12:07 PM
In Austria you can only join a tennisclub if your lefthanded right????

buzz
03-22-2007, 12:08 PM
The rest is correct of course it's a matter of culture I think

Montego
03-22-2007, 12:10 PM
Of course not and my question did not have any negative conotations. I am not saying that all Austrians are left-handed, all Danes are gays and all Poles steal cars.

I am just asking why is that many left-handed Austrians succed and while so many Croats are big servers

Kolya
03-22-2007, 12:11 PM
Yeah place of birth does influence playing styles.

Just look at Spain and South America = clay court style, Czech and Russia = baseline, taking the ball early.

Kolya
03-22-2007, 12:12 PM
Sorry I didn't read all your post.

Left handed thing is just coincidence. The Croatian big server issue is because all those players are so tall.

Montego
03-22-2007, 12:13 PM
Yeah place of birth does influence playing styles.

Just look at Spain and South America = clay court style, Czech and Russia = baseline, taking the ball early.

Yes, I said it's obvious. But I would like to focus on these two nations, as it goes around my head since some time.

Kolya
03-22-2007, 12:21 PM
Yes, I said it's obvious. But I would like to focus on these two nations, as it goes around my head since some time.

Yes, yes my bad. I posted again above ^^^ somewhere.

Byrd
03-22-2007, 12:24 PM
Yea just look at Switzerland producing dominant athletes, Fed, Hingis & Bastl

Saumon
03-22-2007, 12:27 PM
Yea just look at Switzerland producing dominant athletes, Fed, Hingis & Bastl

:rolls:


( :secret: martina wasn't born in switzerland and george either, though ;))

buzz
03-22-2007, 12:29 PM
Of course not and my question did not have any negative conotations. I am not saying that all Austrians are left-handed, all Danes are gays and all Poles steal cars.

I am just asking why is that many left-handed Austrians succed and while so many Croats are big servers

Oeps sorry, I have to stop making bad jokes without a smiley:rolleyes: But personally I thin it would be really strange if the lefthand thing is something else than coincidence......

Action Jackson
03-22-2007, 12:32 PM
Oeps sorry, I have to stop making bad jokes without a smiley:rolleyes: But personally I thin it would be really strange if the lefthand thing is something else than coincidence......

Hahaha, even though the 2nd best ever Austrian was right handed :p

Montego
03-22-2007, 12:38 PM
Hahaha, even though the 2nd best ever Austrian was right handed :p

Which one are you talking about ? I can remember Alex Antonitsch and Horst Skoff

Action Jackson
03-22-2007, 12:40 PM
Which one are you talking about ? I can remember Alex Antonitsch and Horst Skoff

You should know who was better, then?

mtw
03-22-2007, 12:46 PM
I know that on the first sight the question may seem dumb, as it's obvious that those born in Argentina will be better claycourters than those born in Australia and those born in GB will be better grass players than those born in Spain.

But my question is rather focused on two nations:

Austria, Croatia

If you take a closer look at these two nations, it appears that many Austrians are left-handed, while many Croats are big-servers.

Muster, Melzer, Koubek, Bammer, Knowle

Ivanisevic, Ljubicic, Ancic, Cilic etc....

Why is it so ?

Probably Argentinians have much more claycourts, than courts with other surfeces. And they beginn to practise on clay in very young age. They have very talented players.
Being lefthanded or righthanded depends on dominant hemisphere of the brain: dominant left hemisphere = righthanded, dominant right hemisphere= lefthanded.

Montego
03-22-2007, 12:48 PM
Yes, but I was only a little kid then, so I want to be sure :) Horst Skoff probably