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I know it's a stupid question, but i've never been able to go to tennis in real life, so i'm just wondering what it's like watching in person compared to tv?
Just a simple question.
 

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Watching porn has similar advantages to watching tennis on TV. You can start and stop when you want, you don't need to take other people into consideration, it is just simple and easy.

The main advantage of watching something live in my opinion is that you can see and hear more things, players muttering, coaches talking, officials at work. And when the atmosphere in the crowd is good, watching it live is fantastic.
 

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You realize better the power in their shots, and unforced erros seem less ridiculous than on TV.
It's something to witness at least once if you're a tennis fan.

However, I do find it more boring. On TV you've got a good angle, the commentators keep you entertained for the best or the worst, and you can zap when the match becomes boring, or in the pauses between sets etc...
Watching a live long tennis match is actually pretty boring.
 

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I went to a final of the Toronto masters with Federer vs Gasquet and it was boring as hell. Watching tennis at home on TV is much better. Commentators, instant replays/Hawkeye, stats, etc. The sun is also a killer.
 

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However, I do find it more boring. On TV you've got a good angle, the commentators keep you entertained for the best or the worst, and you can zap when the match becomes boring, or in the pauses between sets etc...
Watching a live long tennis match is actually pretty boring.
I was always curious about that part, you really get a good angle on TV/stream, but when a match is played at a big stadium, how much can those folks all the way back see? Unless you've got some really, really good tickets, it doesn't look like you're seeing half of it... or is it just an impression? :)
 

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Not sure about really large stadiums, but normally you get a much better feel and perspective, like the power of the shots, the spins, the speed of players moving aroudn the court etc. It's really not comparable, not even with the best of camera angles.
 

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It's invigorating to watch live once in a while, because as people have mentioned you notice things that you don't necessarily see or hear on TV. It's a bit like watching football - on TV you mostly can't see the whole pitch, but in general you prefer not to see it, because you are more interested in the player with the ball.

It's fun to be able to shout things out - I remember shouting "Come on Andre" at Agassi in his last match at Wimbledon so loudly that he looked up at me!

Also, off topic, you can bring binoculars and a camera and watch the graceful movement of WTA players - Sharapova is such a great mover. Seriously, everything she does is just so balanced - see my avatar.
 

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Sharapova is such a great mover. Seriously, everything she does is just so balanced - see my avatar.
This is almost as ridiculous as the sex analogies in here. Jebus.

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Watching Tennis live is more about soaking in the atmosphere, getting into the match with the crowd in a sort of social swirl of emotion. This is especially true in the bigger, less intimate stadiums like Arthur Ashe. Watching two ants going at it with a yellow speck isn't the best sight, but you get something different out of it than you do from the comfort of home.

In both cases, you gain something and lose something, but you're generally entertained either way. It's just that most people won't watch it live very often, so you can do without the commentary, camera angles, replays, comfortable seats, ad breaks, shelter from being soaked etc once in a while, just for the unique experience.
 

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Both on TV and live you concentrate during the game.

All the difference is during the changeovers:
o When watching on TV you reload on beer, tortilla chips and salsa
o During live matches, ... you clown, jump around, scream, wave flag until TV camera decides to zoom on you
 

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First match i saw in person was Federer VS Fognini at Wimbledon. I never realised, watching on TV, how hard Federer hits the ball. The atmosphere in the stadium is also nice, especially during a good match.
 

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Smaller courts are much more fun. I was at RG last year, centre courts were boring, only plus was the atmosphere and cheering. I was at Kohlschreiber vs Vesely at smaller court, I was sitting next to Kohli coach in the first row on the baseline. It gave you perfect sense on how they are constantly running and hitting hard on the run, also the serves are really big, I couldn't believe they could actually return it. It was also fun when Kohli slided to get wide ball and his racket was swinging just like 1m from me and clay flying all over me. Also forget illegal coaching, they were talking all the time to each other and arguing.
 

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TV is certainly better for superficial watching, cos you're not stuck in a stadium.

Live is completely different, assuming decent seats (yes, I've made the Arthur Ashe mistake too, and didn't bring my telescope). You get far more of a feel for the ball's trajectory, how stretched players are in rallies, how close to good balance they are when striking the ball, the effects of spin off the court, and a dozen other imperceptible elements. TV gives almost no sense of how the ball is reacting off the court, such a key element - it's a much shallower experience.

A lot of the difference is down to broadcast limitations: limited frames per second in a sport where the central object can move 100mph+, lack of resolution losing detail, and especially 2D vs 3D (tennis is just about the only good use for 3dtv!). You have no depth perception watching tennis on tv, and little way to infer it for a small, fast-moving object.
 
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