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How to be a tennis fan?

wtdanceisthrough
12-23-2011, 03:00 PM
Sorry for the rather vague title. Okay so I've always liked tennis but I'm guilty at the moment of being the kind of tennis fan that everyone ridicules - the kind who's obsessively interested during Wimbledon and a bit out-of-touch the rest of the year. In all honesty, I often take time off work during Wimbledon to stay in touch and even if I don't then the country (I live in England) is so overtaken with Wimbledon euphoria then you can't help but get a glimpse of what is going on (they have big screens near where I work). But the rest of the year, I work full-time from Monday to Friday (as most people do!) and struggle to stay in touch. Now most sports fans over here seem to be football fans. And they're fine because most football matches are on Saturdays and Sundays and they can happily watch them. But most important tennis is tournament tennis and takes place Monday to Friday, so what to do?

Of course, I can read the tennis news in the paper or on websites and keep abreast of things that way. But seriously, is that how tennis fans really keep in the loop? Can they really go most of the time without watching any actual matches? Even good highlights programmes are hard to come by, except perhaps in grand slam tournaments (I don't have a Eurosport subscription and was thinking I should get one, but not sure if it would help much.)

So this is really kind of an open question, but how do you live life as a tennis fan?

Action Jackson
12-23-2011, 03:03 PM
It's very easy, a thing called the internet. Sometimes the ATP even have a website that provides draws for a tournament played outside the Slams, look hard enough then there are challengers.

In this day and age there are livestreams, a lot better now than they used to be, even if they don't work there are scoreboards that can be followed on the computer or smart phone.

It's simple, the info and technology is out there, if the person wants to use it.

Knotty Fort
12-23-2011, 03:20 PM
The most important thing is to know all the live streaming websites. I have nothing close to a TV subscription, but I watch tennis the whole year.

www.lshunter.tv/tennis
www.fromsport.com/c-4.html

Those two should get you started.

Action Jackson
12-23-2011, 03:21 PM
It's open now.

Shinoj
12-23-2011, 03:22 PM
As it was for me.. I started following most of the sports since my childhood and till now i like all the sports which i follow. i dont need to make an effort to follow it.I just follow it.

And whatever sport or trend i caught during my adulthood i couldnt keep it up.

Keep watching what you like and if it is for you.. you would follow it naturally. And if you dont feel like staying in touch with it..Dont do it for the heck of it..

Action Jackson
12-23-2011, 03:24 PM
There is no handbook written on how to be a tennis fan.

Slice Winner
12-23-2011, 03:27 PM
TennisTV would be a good subscription to get.
Has most matches from most tournaments. It has a 'DVR' mode so you can rewind etc. (So you could open the streaming page as a match starts, save the link, and then reopen it when you have the free time to watch. I did this quite a lot while I still had TTV.)
They also save 'matches on demand' including the finals of all 500 tournaments upwards (I think).

Btw, many matches are at night, and semis and finals are almost always at the weekend, so it's not as bad as you think!

siffleanimaux
12-23-2011, 03:39 PM
For me, I started getting REALLY into tennis when I began talking to someone else who was also really into tennis, and could answer any question I had in detail and my fascination continued to build as a result. After that, we began watching live streams together so much more (from livescorehunter or sportlemon and other similar sites) and just began discussing everything that was occuring during the match. Eventually, your subconscious will just retain all the information.

I'd say six months into becoming a true tennis fanatic, I knew everything about tennis through this method - from the technical aspects of the game to random statistics.

Action Jackson
12-23-2011, 03:40 PM
I'd say six months into becoming a true tennis fanatic, I knew everything about tennis through this method - from the technical aspects of the game to random statistics.

You never stop learning in any field.

siffleanimaux
12-23-2011, 03:41 PM
You never stop learning in any field.

Of course not. It was just a convenient exaggeration to show him how much simple verbal communication can help you learn SO much in such a short period of time.

Shinoj
12-23-2011, 03:43 PM
You never stop learning in any field.


Its not a subject or a course which you have to learn. Its mostly Either you like it or you dont.

Action Jackson
12-23-2011, 03:45 PM
Of course not. It was just a convenient exaggeration to show him how much simple verbal communication can help you learn SO much in such a short period of time.

You know everything, so I can ask you anything about tennis and expect thoughtful, well researched answers to the most obscure questions and facts.

At the same time it definitely helps to ask questions if you don't know something, which you don't need :). The instant expert is just as bad as the clueless bandwagoner.

gators0708
12-23-2011, 06:09 PM
I try to watch as much as I can. Really hard to here in the US with the time differences but I still manage!

Smiling Buddha
12-23-2011, 06:26 PM
You should start by finding a tennis player you can relate to.

If you are lucky go with Djokovic, if you have perennial wedgies go with Nadal, if you are the undisputed GOAT go with Federer, if you are British go with Ward and if you think you are important, go with Roddick.

Follow your chosen player's activities and get excited when he plays, happy when he wins, and disappointed when he loses.

At this point you would be classified as a fan.

Sham Kay
12-23-2011, 06:33 PM
Pretty simple being a tennis fan and a sports fan in general with how much access we have to it. If not on tv, the internet, mobile/cell phones etc.. The major problem nowadays is wondering which match to watch when loads of tournaments are going on at once. But I've always felt comfortable watching tennis as a neutral fan, though supporting one is great, at times you just want the player you're a fan of to go through so much, you forget about the entertainment, which doesn't happen with neutral matches.

Just be glad we're tennis fans in this day and age, can't imagine how tough it was to watch most tournaments in the 70s and 80s and before. Even some of the big tournaments.. I assume challengers were simply inaccessibly to tennis fans back then, bar going to the matches.

Naudio Spanlatine
12-23-2011, 06:56 PM
:haha:

HKz
12-23-2011, 07:50 PM
You poke fun at all the players you dislike, make the players you like look like a god when they win, and then come up with as many excuses as you can when they lose. See Topspindoctor, Clay Death, Everko and Start da fail for advice on this.

wtdanceisthrough
12-26-2011, 05:22 PM
TennisTV would be a good subscription to get.
Has most matches from most tournaments. It has a 'DVR' mode so you can rewind etc. (So you could open the streaming page as a match starts, save the link, and then reopen it when you have the free time to watch. I did this quite a lot while I still had TTV.)
They also save 'matches on demand' including the finals of all 500 tournaments upwards (I think).

Btw, many matches are at night, and semis and finals are almost always at the weekend, so it's not as bad as you think!

Thank you everyone for your posts. And sorry I didn't notice earlier that this thread had re-opened.

I guess most people will just watch odd matches on nights when they can? And keep up other times via interactive scoreboards, news articles etc. And then watch the finals when they are on on weekends.

Don't get me wrong, I love this sport. And I don't want to keep up just "for the heck of it", it gets me excited and I want that excitement to continue throughout the year, not just when I'm off work... I just don't really know any other tennis fans personally and I do see others around me struggling to try to balance the love of this sport with a full-time job. And it annoys me that it seems so easy for fans of other sports whose matches aren't always scheduled mid-week!

HKz
12-26-2011, 07:59 PM
Thank you everyone for your posts. And sorry I didn't notice earlier that this thread had re-opened.

I guess most people will just watch odd matches on nights when they can? And keep up other times via interactive scoreboards, news articles etc. And then watch the finals when they are on on weekends.

Don't get me wrong, I love this sport. And I don't want to keep up just "for the heck of it", it gets me excited and I want that excitement to continue throughout the year, not just when I'm off work... I just don't really know any other tennis fans personally and I do see others around me struggling to try to balance the love of this sport with a full-time job. And it annoys me that it seems so easy for fans of other sports whose matches aren't always scheduled mid-week!

Youtube has plenty of very high quality match highlights for many of the best matches every tournament especially for the top players Federer/Nadal/Djokovic (certainly mostly for the former). Plenty of people, such as myself, watch many of these highlights during off-time whether not at work/school or no tournament play during a particular day/week.

At the same time, you can also just post here at join the countless other members to write hypothetical comments, impossible analyses, deal with tardism, etc. Certainly builds up hype especially during the off-seasons making you crave every single match to come in order to see what happens and who gets proven wrong.

Henry Chinaski
12-27-2011, 12:53 PM
Subscribe to some of the many fine blogs run by MTF members

Slice N Dice http://slicendicetennis.blogspot.com/2011/12/atp-season-review-14.html

The Next Point http://www.thenextpoint.com/

Voo de Mar http://voodemar.com/

Shank Tennis www.shanktennis.com

GWH http://mtfsucks.blogspot.com/

Use twitter and facebook to follow various players fans and journalists.

If you're in the UK a Sky+ subscription definitely helps

atennisfan
12-27-2011, 12:56 PM
How to be me?

This is absurd...

Henry Chinaski
12-27-2011, 12:56 PM
looks like Voo's site is dead actually.


big shame if it's gone. hopefully he's just moved it

paseo
12-27-2011, 01:07 PM
Youtube has plenty of very high quality match highlights for many of the best matches every tournament especially for the top players Federer/Nadal/Djokovic (certainly mostly for the former). Plenty of people, such as myself, watch many of these highlights during off-time whether not at work/school or no tournament play during a particular day/week.

At the same time, you can also just post here at join the countless other members to write hypothetical comments, impossible analyses, deal with tardism, etc. Certainly builds up hype especially during the off-seasons making you crave every single match to come in order to see what happens and who gets proven wrong.

This.

It's just too hard for me to watch all those matches. Highlights are great. If there's drama, don't worry, you'll get details here. And comments from different perspective too.

MacTheKnife
12-27-2011, 01:22 PM
Hang around long enough and it gets in your blood. Somewhere between addiction and necessity.