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tennis vs other racquet sports

megadeth
04-11-2007, 12:10 AM
i've been playing tennis for 13 yrs now. i've also tried other racquet sports out of curiousity. i've come to a conclusion that squash would be the closest thing you can ever come to in playing tennis if you don't know how to play our sport...

just brooding...

from a technical standpoint, for the sake of discussion, why is it that a tennis player can adapt to other racquet sports while say a badminton or ping pong player would never be able to play decent tennis?

as a side note, i think we're the luckiest racquet sport in terms of exposure despite our own lack of exposure compared to other sports...

Burrow
04-11-2007, 12:44 AM
squash is far different from tennis, hitting against a wall requires little control, its just too easy.

Kolya
04-11-2007, 01:13 AM
I play both tennis and squash at a pretty high junior level.

Tennis has more variation eg. spin, power and tactics. Tennis has all the attributes needed for other racquet sports so it makes it easier for a tennis player to adapt to lets say squash. The squash technique is less technical than a tennis shot. You can't play tennis with a squash grip :D

But you need to be way, way fitter to play squash than tennis at the highest level.

R.Federer
04-11-2007, 05:42 AM
squash is far different from tennis, hitting against a wall requires little control, its just too easy.

Yes, but squash is very fast, you need much better reflexes than in tennis in general - exchange volleys at the net without bounce in tennis, is sort of how all shots in squash go.

gam_jonte
04-11-2007, 11:05 AM
In terms of technique and ballcontrol tabletennis has to be ranked high, the spin and control along with the speed makes it a really though sport.

Dougie
04-11-2007, 11:18 AM
squash is far different from tennis, hitting against a wall requires little control, its just too easy.

It depends what level you play in. Squash is easier than tennis to begin, but itīs far from easy, if you want to play it well. It is easy to hit against the wall, but you need to place the ball well in squash too. Hitting your shot in the middle of the court costs you more in squash than in tennis. Squah is also physically more demanding.

adee-gee
04-11-2007, 11:34 AM
Squash is possibly the most tiring sport I've ever played :lol:

I think badminton is probably more similar to tennis actually, tactics are generally the same and hand-eye co-ordination is crucial.

Ferrero Forever
04-11-2007, 12:16 PM
I think badminton is probably more similar to tennis actually, tactics are generally the same and hand-eye co-ordination is crucial.

I'd agree with that. I've never played Squash, but I think out of Table Tennis and Badminton, Badminton is more similar to tennis, especially because you have to strike the shuttle with so much precision otherwise who knows what direction that thing will go in

Action Jackson
04-11-2007, 12:35 PM
This is the best game to find out who the best is.

Racketlon, it's a game played in Europe and the current champ is a Swede. This game would be challenging enough.

This is how it works the game is a mixture of table tennis, squash, badminton and tennis. A racketlon match contains four sets, one in each sport. Each set is played to 21 points, much like in table tennis, but the total winner of a racketlon match is not the one that wins most sets but the one that scores the most points in total. The winner is the best all round racket player.

Kolya
04-11-2007, 12:53 PM
Magnus Eliasson is the current world number 1 in racketlon.

I would love to play that sport but the sport that is going to let me down is table tennis :D

oz_boz
04-11-2007, 01:01 PM
Just have to say it: Jahangir Khan - unbeaten in 555 (softball) straight matches, dominated both soft- and hardball squash. Not the biggest sports in the world, but the streak is pretty impressive nonetheless.

MatchFederer
04-11-2007, 01:13 PM
Just have to say it: Jahangir Khan - unbeaten in 555 (softball) straight matches, dominated both soft- and hardball squash. Not the biggest sports in the world, but the streak is pretty impressive nonetheless.

Yeah i caught that bit of info a few months back. I seem to remember that him and.. Jensher (sp) Khan had an epic rivalry that lasted for several years. Both are generally considered to be the best squash players ever as far as I am aware.

Kolya
04-11-2007, 01:13 PM
Just have to say it: Jahangir Khan - unbeaten in 555 (softball) straight matches, dominated both soft- and hardball squash. Not the biggest sports in the world, but the streak is pretty impressive nonetheless.

Jahangir is clearly the greatest squash player of all time and probably one of the fittest athlete of all time.

That streak will never be beaten in any sport... its amazing...

Kolya
04-11-2007, 01:14 PM
Yeah i caught that bit of info a few months back. I seem to remember that him and.. Jensher (sp) Khan had an epic rivalry that lasted for several years. Both are generally considered to be the best squash players ever as far as I am aware.

You're referring to the other great Jansher Khan.

He came up with the famous quote - "I'm fitter, so I'll win".

oz_boz
04-11-2007, 01:16 PM
Yeah i caught that bit of info a few months back. I seem to remember that him and.. Jensher (sp) Khan had an epic rivalry that lasted for several years. Both are generally considered to be the best squash players ever as far as I am aware.

Yeah, Jansher was great too, however Jahangir is the one with that legendary streak.

lorenz
04-11-2007, 01:58 PM
Does anyone know something about Padel? Here in Argentina is very popular.
Is much easier than tennis. Very very easy. People who plays tennis, usually plays very well padel tennis.

Malul
04-11-2007, 02:30 PM
as a reference,edberg plays squash in the highest elite division in sweden for Vaxjo.He has won 2 or 3 matches of 10 maybe,not sure..87nd on the swedish rankings..

stebs
04-11-2007, 02:30 PM
Does anyone know something about Padel? Here in Argentina is very popular.
Is much easier than tennis. Very very easy. People who plays tennis, usually plays very well padel tennis.

Monfils learnt paddle tennis in a week after being knocked out of the main draw of a tournament somewhere (I don't remember where). He then entered a paddle tennis tournament and won it beating the #1 paddle tennis player in the world.

W!MBLEDON
04-11-2007, 04:35 PM
Monfils learnt paddle tennis in a week after being knocked out of the main draw of a tournament somewhere (I don't remember where). He then entered a paddle tennis tournament and won it beating the #1 paddle tennis player in the world.

There's a video of this here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=8Qqx_EMj_oA).

lorenz
04-11-2007, 06:31 PM
In Argentina we play Padel or Paddle with walls. the field is not open and we can play with back walls and a small part of side walls.

see the picture:
http://www.padelcenter.com/mundiales/espana2006/fotos/galerias.asp

megadeth
04-12-2007, 12:10 AM
I'd agree with that. I've never played Squash, but I think out of Table Tennis and Badminton, Badminton is more similar to tennis, especially because you have to strike the shuttle with so much precision otherwise who knows what direction that thing will go in

i'm not sure i'm 100% agreeing with that. i play tennis and i tried some badminton and it hurt my wrist since the strokes require more wrist action than the whole arm. there's more of a whip-snapping action

when i went back to play tennis the next day, my wrist was a little uncomfortable and it took a few minutes before i could find my range again.

although granted the sport is tiring since they jump and smash 5-10 times each point, but aside from that, most of their strokes are more close to our volleys and not much swinging action

i'd say ping pong is the closest to tennis since it's a minature version of our sport.

MatchFederer
04-12-2007, 06:53 AM
i'm not sure i'm 100% agreeing with that. i play tennis and i tried some badminton and it hurt my wrist since the strokes require more wrist action than the whole arm. there's more of a whip-snapping action

when i went back to play tennis the next day, my wrist was a little uncomfortable and it took a few minutes before i could find my range again.

although granted the sport is tiring since they jump and smash 5-10 times each point, but aside from that, most of their strokes are more close to our volleys and not much swinging action

i'd say ping pong is the closest to tennis since it's a minature version of our sport.


Actually that is a slight myth. What you say is true to a degree but coaches stress that it is more about the rotation and use of the forearm muscles than the wrist action. I play quite a lot of badminton myself and I wouldn't say my strokes or shots or whatever you want to call them are very wristy at all. Next time I play, i'll pay more attention to how I and others are using our forearms and wrists. Then I will return to this thread.

Dougie
04-12-2007, 07:14 AM
i'd say ping pong is the closest to tennis since it's a minature version of our sport.

I wouldnīt quite agree. Yes, it is a miniature version of tennis, but there really arenīt that many similarities. the shots are different, there are no volleys or overheads, and the physical requirements are different. Itīs easy to think that tennis and table tennis are similar games, but in reality thatīs not quite the case.

jazar
04-12-2007, 07:22 AM
squash is more painful than tennis, cos the walls really have no give in them

Kolya
04-12-2007, 08:20 AM
squash is more painful than tennis, cos the walls really have no give in them

So true, if you're playing against a good player you're going to running into walls all day.

tennismaster882001
04-12-2007, 03:01 PM
I wouldnīt quite agree. Yes, it is a miniature version of tennis, but there really arenīt that many similarities. the shots are different, there are no volleys or overheads, and the physical requirements are different. Itīs easy to think that tennis and table tennis are similar games, but in reality thatīs not quite the case.

That's true, table tennis can not be compared with tennis, it's totaly different sport!

Bilbo
04-12-2007, 03:04 PM
Squash is possibly the most tiring sport I've ever played :lol:

it is according to mathematical and physical studies. in no other sport you lose as much weight as in squash during 60mins.