Okay, I know I’m in the thin minority of people who actually feel this way. More shockingly, I’m not even talking about playing tennis; I’m talking about watching it on television.
It is the best sport to watch and follow and here are my reasons why. Discuss.
**1. It’s a individual sport, so you are rooting for a person, not a “team”. **
No city loyalties. I dont even see it as country loyalties outside the Davis Cup, which is played for free and is no longer the main focus of tennis. Tennis is about the individual battling it out against another individual.
2. No helmets, padding, or uniforms.
You can actually see the players and identify who is who. You can learn their personalities just by watching the sport. Usually, my favourite players are the ones with the most interesting personalities, not solely based on how talented they are or where they are from.
3. Every match has epic potential.
It has no time limit, but also is not days long like cricket. Every match has the chance to run over 4 hours, but most aren’t so you don’t expected to be bored(like baseball). My favourite sport moments consist of watching the epic fifth sets between giants of tennis. When they’ve been out there 5+ hours, you can see it on their faces and in their stagger.
**3a. Every match is broken into sets and games.** Therefore, even if it is an epic 5 hour match, it hasn’t been one building collection of points with no conclusion in sight. Every match is made of sets that are made of games that are made of points. Every point/volley matters.
4. There is a point to having a women’s game.
I have the WNBA. It’s just a weaker version of the men’s game. In tennis, however, the style of play is different and equally interesting. No rule changes either, except shorter matches in the majors. It’s the same game with a different style. It’s worthwhile. Not to mention in mixed doubles, they can actually play together, with its own unique results!
5. It’s played on different surfaces and the surfaces make signifigant impact.
Hard Court. Clay. Grass. Carpet. Each poses its own challenges and mixes up the game in a good way. Players can specialize into one surface and a great player has to learn to adapt to all surfaces. Only a handfull of people have won majors on Clay, Grass, and Hard Courts. It’s good for the sport and it’s fun to watch. I love that Pete Sampras could never get it finished on the clay. This man won 14 majors and couldn’t win it all on clay. It’s great.
6. No season. It runs all year!
Yes, there is almost no down time in tennis. If you want to be a pro tennis player, you have to be ready to play probably 10-11 months out of the year. Hardcore. Absolutely hardcore.
Agree? Disagree? I’m sure I’ll think of more points later and I’m sure you’ll “prove” me wrong as well.