What Athlete has the potential to be a good tennis player?

03-22-2007, 06:20 PM
No Tennis player counts. :) Thorpe? Wade? Tiger Woods?

03-22-2007, 06:52 PM
Viktor Korchnoi.

03-22-2007, 06:54 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger

03-22-2007, 06:55 PM
Andy Fordham.

Kitty de Sade
03-22-2007, 06:55 PM
Johnny Weir

03-22-2007, 06:56 PM
Patrick Roy

03-22-2007, 07:00 PM
mike tyson

A match between him and Safin would raise a fortune if were on pay tv

Action Jackson
03-22-2007, 07:08 PM
Just Cause

03-22-2007, 07:09 PM
I think many athletes, had they chosen to practice and play tennis with the same drive and desire as they do with their prospective sport, could have been good tennis players.

I would have liked to see a ridiculously athletic and fast basketball player like Allen Iverson. As fast/faster than Nadal but with more quickness. Or as i've said before, Michael Jordan tennis would have been awesome.

03-22-2007, 07:10 PM
Andy Fordham.


Bad Religion
03-22-2007, 07:19 PM
Stone Cold Steve Austin

03-22-2007, 07:21 PM
Charles Barkley

03-22-2007, 07:22 PM
Barry Bonds would have a 130mph backhand.

03-22-2007, 08:26 PM
gennaro gattuso would be the beast of tennis xdxd

03-22-2007, 08:45 PM
David "type 2 diabetes" Wells.

03-22-2007, 08:46 PM
two times olympic champion David Douillet

03-22-2007, 10:21 PM
John Madden.

Race car driver David Nalbandian might be good at tennis.

03-22-2007, 10:27 PM
Viktor Korchnoi.
No, it has to be Boris Spassky.

03-22-2007, 10:38 PM
it has to be Ian Dowie


03-22-2007, 10:42 PM
Oprah Winfrey

03-22-2007, 10:57 PM
Seriously, the answer is Ernie Els. He in fact had to choose between tennis and golf at a young age. He was that good at both.

Johnny Groove
03-22-2007, 10:59 PM
Some sumo wrestler

Henry Chinaski
03-22-2007, 11:03 PM
Dwayne "Sluggo" Leverock

03-22-2007, 11:59 PM
No, it has to be Boris Spassky.

I agree, but the thread asks about potential, so that lad Korchnoi should be considered a better prospect.

Morgan Z
03-23-2007, 01:19 AM
Diego Forlan. It's said that he was talented enough to become a pro but went against it as some of his family members played football.

03-23-2007, 01:20 AM
dolph lundgren

03-23-2007, 02:09 AM
dolph lundgren

LOL, Ivan Drago "I must break you".

03-23-2007, 03:06 PM
nikolay valuev or vitalyi klithcko

03-23-2007, 03:31 PM
I have to say this thread is not entirely irrelevant though at first it seems that way.

When we talk of any form of talent; music, sculpting, writing or athleticism (or whatever), the person who has the acumen always possesses it in a general way. It is only after a while that his talents get crystallized and take one particular shape or form.
So, Roger Federer and Nadal were athletes first (both played soccer early) before they chose to use tennis as a vehicle to deliver their athleticism.
To say that Beethoven might have been nothing if he wasn't given a piano would be ludicrous. If he wasn't given a piano, he would find another instrument as a vehicle to deliver his music, another means of expression for his talent. In a general way, he would be a musician first, and specifically choose his instrument later.
Of course, once the mind gets used to seeing a person with select skills perfected and mastered; it is difficult to allow oneself to believe he or she can do anything else with the same ease and precision. So it is obviously difficult to believe now that Roger can play soccer (because it deals with footwork, we'll miss the racket) as it would be difficult to believe that Ronaldinho can play tennis (we'll miss his dribbles).

03-23-2007, 03:39 PM
Someone with good hand-eye coordination.......I guess a cricketer such as brian lara would do well.

03-23-2007, 04:00 PM
Ooo Brian Lara! He swings his bat in the air. I like the idea of him playing tennis.

03-23-2007, 04:21 PM
Race car driver David Nalbandian might be good at tennis.

porbably to fat for that...:angel: :rolleyes:

03-23-2007, 05:06 PM
Takeru Kobayashi, six-time consecutive champion of Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating competition

Kitty de Sade
03-23-2007, 05:18 PM
Takeru Kobayashi, six-time consecutive champion of Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating competition

Excuse the temporary thread derailment, but I have seen Kobayashi compete a number of times, and he's just unreal. He's like the Federer of competitive eating. Good call on that one. ;)

03-23-2007, 05:41 PM
Not Wade, his only good move in basketball is a 3 step travel so in a sport like tennis were they actually call the lines properly hed have no chance. Now if they let him hit in the doubles lines then hed be amazing :rolleyes:

03-24-2007, 07:38 AM
Actually, Gary Kasparov also has good hand-eye co-ordination, no?

03-24-2007, 08:15 AM
^^ Kasparov LMAO.

03-24-2007, 09:17 AM
Zidane :haha:

03-24-2007, 09:24 AM
Someone with good hand-eye coordination.......I guess a cricketer such as brian lara would do well.

Or a polo player but i dont know any!

Michael phelps:angel:

03-24-2007, 10:10 AM
Imran Khan, Jahangir Khan, some Khan i think :haha:

03-24-2007, 10:36 AM
Anyone that follows Premiership football will know of Pascal Cygan.

Apparently he would've been the best tennis player in France but choose to pursure a career in football.

Not exactly an athlete though, when i vision him play tennis i just picture Ljubicic.