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JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

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I`ve been thinking about why Japan can`t produce decent tennis players [ok a few of the women can play but the men are hopeless], & have come up with a few thories;)

One of my theories is that Japanese play too much `soft tennis` [literally], which is quite a different sport compared to the regular tennis we`re used to. The difference between tennis & soft tennis is akin to the difference between baseball & softball.
More info about soft tennis here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_tennis


#My other theory about why Japan can`t seem to produce decent tennis players has to do with the manga culture. Here in Japan the `Prince of Tennis` [a fictional manga character] is better known than Federer.. Of course the kiddies here all know about Sharapova, but that`s only because Japanese sponsors are crazy about slim, young & pichi pichi [perky] girls:devil:
Seriously less than 1% of Japanese people know about Federer, maybe when he wins Wimbledon for the 10th consecutive time he might finally get two lines in the sports news:sad: :confused:

Anyway here`s Japan`s favourite tennis player~~ The Prince of Tennis:angel:
Check out these frickin ridiculous CG tennis shots:eek: :eek:
If they ever bothered to watch FED or RAFA play maybe the Japanese would realise that fair dinkum tennis is much more impressive than any crazy comic book character they can come up with:(

The gravity defying Prince of Tennis:rolleyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSU_Drss_rQ
:eek: :rolleyes: :confused: :eek: :p
crazy fruit cakes right:sad:
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis & `Prince of Tennis` consipracy theories]*

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BTW, virtually every Junior High & High School in Japan has atleast 2 tennis courts... so lack of facilities can`t be used as an excuse><!!
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy theory]*

^*^*^*@@@I'm going to call it @@@*^*^*^

~¬~¬~¬This may be your dumbest thread yet ¬~¬~¬~
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy theory]*

^*^*^*@@@I'm going to call it @@@*^*^*^

~¬~¬~¬This may be your dumbest thread yet ¬~¬~¬~

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thanks, BTW, i like those symbols you`re making [looks like Arabic script]:cool:
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please teach me how to do that tripy funky stuff:confused:
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

:haha:

japanese need to use pivots in all sports
 

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Crazy shit!

Good racquets though.
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

:haha:

japanese need to use pivots in all sports

the problem is the Japanese kids watch this trollup & then try to mimic the moves:eek: :eek:
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no kidding i`ve observed Japanese trying to pull some of these crazy moves [like keeping the arm bent & pulled into the body whilst hitting forehands], which could risk serious injury~~
but just like their manga inspired heroes it`s not a pretty sight:devil: :sad:
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy theory]*

^*^*^*@@@I'm going to call it @@@*^*^*^

~¬~¬~¬This may be your dumbest thread yet ¬~¬~¬~
what are you saying?!

this is his best thread by far
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

They have "Prince of Tennis" in which the character who has ability to extinct dinosaurs by his forehand is. So it doesn't matter for them.
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

Well, Japanese men's tennis sucked even before Prince of Tennis came onto the scene.
That manga (cartoon) is following the tradition of all those sports manga with imaginative but weird and surrealistic skills in all kinds of sports: football, baseball, wrestling, etc, etc. And the Japanese have produced some very good athletes in those sports.

I think the problem with soft tennis is far bigger. I have no clue why it's still going on in the 21st century.

I hope Kei Nishikori can change the trend!

At least wheelchair tennis is doing great. Shingo Kunieda did a calendar slam this year! :worship:
 

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Okay my bad. But Prince of tennis is much better than real tennis. LOL!!
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

Well, Japanese men's tennis sucked even before Prince of Tennis came onto the scene.
That manga (cartoon) is following the tradition of all those sports manga with imaginative but weird and surrealistic skills in all kinds of sports: football, baseball, wrestling, etc, etc. And the Japanese have produced some very good athletes in those sports.

I think the problem with soft tennis is far bigger. I have no clue why it's still going on in the 21st century.
I hope Kei Nishikori can change the trend!

At least wheelchair tennis is doing great. Shingo Kunieda did a calendar slam this year! :worship:
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thanks for your post bunny:cool:
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yeah `soft tennis` seems like such a waste to me:sad:
~practically ever school in Japan has these soft tennis courts where kids practice at every day after school, & no matter how much they may love tennis~~ none of them have got a realistic shot at becoming a pro [due to the poor foundation & bad habbits soft tennis creates]:sad:

do you think Japan will ever do away with soft tennis in favour of regular tennis [thereby give Japanese youth a chance to become good]:confused:
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

Well, I bought the first vol. of "Prince of Tennis" a few months ago, and that was it. Doesn't offer enough for a Tennis fan. And I read somewhere that even after 30 vols., they're still competing in school.
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

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thanks for your post bunny:cool:
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yeah `soft tennis` seems like such a waste to me:sad:
~practically ever school in Japan has these soft tennis courts where kids practice at every day after school, & no matter how much they may love tennis~~ none of them have got a realistic shot at becoming a pro [due to the poor foundation & bad habbits soft tennis creates]:sad:

do you think Japan will ever do away with soft tennis in favour of regular tennis [thereby give Japanese youth a chance to become good]:confused:
Donno. I hope it will change. All I've heard about it is that the soft tennis authorities are very conservative and protective about their sports, and that's not going to change anytime soon.

That's one of the reasons that I hope Nishikori, or any other young player, to do well, because the presence of one big star can drive youngsters (and their parents) to take up real tennis and gradually push soft tennis into extinction.
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy theory]*

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thanks, BTW, i like those symbols you`re making [looks like Arabic script]:cool:
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please teach me how to do that tripy funky stuff:confused:
Scoobs, PLEASE for the sake of the rest of us, do NOT teach him how to do any more symbols.

the *###(()))###@!# is bad enough.
 

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Re: JAPANESE tennis is a joke [soft tennis &`Prince of Tennis` consipracy]#""#

Donno. I hope it will change. All I've heard about it is that the soft tennis authorities are very conservative and protective about their sports, and that's not going to change anytime soon.

That's one of the reasons that I hope Nishikori, or any other young player, to do well, because the presence of one big star can drive youngsters (and their parents) to take up real tennis and gradually push soft tennis into extinction.
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I hope you`re right, it would be wonderful if Nishikori could make it big on the tennis scene, wouldn`t it be surreal to have a Top-10 Japanese male player:angel:

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BTW, it looks like Japan`s soft tennis authorities are trying to expand soft tennis worldwide:eek: ! Maybe the future slams will be soft tennis ones:confused:



Strong Appeal of "Soft Tennis" Highlighted in New Study by Nagase Kenko Corp. of Japan

Tokyo -- July 16, 2007 -- Nagase Kenko Corporation (NKC) is proud to release the results of a recent survey it commissioned detailing the views and perceptions of 47 league representatives, coaches, distributors, parents, journalists and other targeted tennis-related individuals concerning their views on the Japanese sport of "Soft Tennis".

To download a free report detailing key findings of this survey, please visit:
July 16, 2007 Strong Appeal of "Soft Tennis" Highlighted in New Study by Nagase Kenko Corp. of Japan

Key conclusions include:
Soft Tennis is largely unknown outside Japan -- 55%+ of respondents indicated absolutely NO prior knowledge of sport -- even though audience comprised of individuals with strong ties to tennis;
After viewing a small amount of basic information, however -- ie, background page and intro video -- 45%+ of respondents noted they they had a GREAT DEAL of interest in the game;
Respondents appear to have few negative, or in fact any, preconceptions and to see Soft Tennis as an “adjunct” rather than a “substitute” sport to traditional tennis;
Most attracted by Soft Tennis’ ability to allow “Longer Rallies”, “Training”, “Control over Ball”;
“Quality”, “Performance” and “Durability” considered most important factors motivating tennis equipment purchases with far less emphasis on “Brand Name”, “Price” and “League Endorsement”;
Respondents, however, viewed “Lack of Equipment and “Availability” as primary constraints, emphasizing need for marketing, promotion and outreach to spread knowledge of, and interest in, Soft Tennis, as well as distribution and availability of product and related programs -- if Soft Tennis is to build a presence in the United States and other foreign markets outside of Japan;
At least among adults, Tennis Clubs seem to be the primary sponsor of tennis teams and their play;
Almost 50% of Respondents expressed a potential interest in organizing local tournaments and training programs in their areas and several have eagerly followed up since survey was released; and
Similarly, almost 50% of Respondents indicated a desire to have someone call them to discuss Soft Tennis Products, Services and Programs.
"The strong interest registered within this research was extremely impressive -- particularly since most of the people surveyed had no prior knowledge of Soft Tennis -- and their impressions were formed only from background info and a video that was provided”, notes Keith W. Rabin, President of KWR International, a consulting firm that conducted this study. "We were also encouraged by the high percentage of people who recognized the potential of Soft Tennis. This was seen in the data as well as the many requests received for information concerning products as well as how they might join with NKC to organize Soft Tennis tournaments and athletic programs within their respective areas.”

“Soft Tennis is little known in the US but has a 130+ year history in Japan. It allows more control and a chance to develop skills through longer rallies and if desired, indoor play. That makes for a flexible and enjoyable game as well as a valuable training tool -- which can be enjoyed by young and old alike", states Graham Morris, Director of Operations, Palm Beach County Sports Commission. "For this reason we invited NKC to play an integral part in our annual Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. This event will take place on July 19-20, and bring together 4,000+ local elementary and middle school children to learn the basics of soft tennis and 40+ other sports from the area's leading instructors."

"This study reinforces our belief in Soft Tennis as a viable product for the US and other foreign markets and is helping us to better understand the needs and concerns of international players and tennis-related organizations and businesses”, comments Yasuhiko Nagase, Executive Vice President of NKC. “We invite inquiries from dealers, retailers, leagues, teams, coaches, players, sporting goods companies and other alliance partners who are interested in working with NKC as we expand our international launch moving forward.”

For more information on Soft Tennis, NKC, Kenko products, services and sports marketing programs, please visit http://www.kenkosofttennis.com. You can also view an introductory video at http://www.kenkosofttennis.com/video.htm or contact the representative indicated below.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Nagase Kenko Corporation is a global, multi-line sporting goods company. In addition to its complete line of Soft Tennis product, NKC markets AirSafety and Universal Regulation baseballs as well as a wide range of additional sporting good products and services through its Team Sports and Tennis, Sports Flooring and Gymnastics Equipment and International Sales and Marketing divisions.

Presently employing a staff of over 250 individuals, NKC maintains four Japanese manufacturing facilities and three regional sales offices in Osaka, Fukuoka and Hokkaido. It also maintains a growing network of agents, distributors and representatives who help to manage its international sales and marketing and promotional activities.

Contact:
Alex Rabin
KWR International, Inc.
Tel. +1-212-532-3005
Fax. +1-212-685-2413
E-mail: [email protected]
 

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OMG...
But no one's going to listen to them anyway. :lol:
 
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