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 Post subject: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:44 am 
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I've never played tennis, and I've never been interested in watching it before, but reading about the game in IJ has got me interested in becoming a spectator and possibly interested in learning to play. Has this happened to anyone else? Is anyone else who has never watched tennis before planning to watch the US Open?


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:03 am 
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i have never watched professional tennis before, until tonight, when i watched federer play this guy who was something like 12th in the world. it took me only a few minutes to figure out how the scoring works. and then, i have to say, the match was really thrilling.


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
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I've never played tennis, but it's been my favorite pro sport for years. I'm certainly grateful that Wallace has given me a window onto the perspective of the players a little bit. I'm actually off to Queens to watch the quarterfinal between Cilic and Del Potro in a little. Fingers crossed for no rain!


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:54 am 
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I used to play a little when I was a kid and watch tennis occassionally, but I definitely must say reading IJ, and also Wallace's non-fiction piece on Federer has given me much additional appreciation for the sport.


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:18 am 
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my only knowledge of tennis comes from Infinite Jest and DFW's essay, "Federer as Religious Experience." and i recall in the essay that he noted the difference between watching tennis on TV and watching tennis in person. but i still really enjoyed the federer match. federer dominated the first game, but the other guy was right with him the rest of the way, and almost forced a fifth game.


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:01 am 
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Never played tennis, but now I am interested in watching it. DFW has given me a new view of the game.

When I was in high school, we played badmitton; a poor man's tennis I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:51 pm 
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It absolutely increased my interest -- I started watching (sporadically) a few years back thanks somewhat to IJ, but more to his nonfic pieces (tornado alley, the michael joyce piece, and democracy and commerce @ the us open, particularly). I started playing a bit this summer for the first time.


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 Post subject: Re: Tennis, Everyone?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:20 pm 
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Medusa4303 wrote:

When I was in high school, we played badmitton; a poor man's tennis I guess.

Same...though tennis was the only thing a PE teacher ever complimented me (a notoriously bad sportswoman) on, but we only had one lesson before they decided on rounders instead.

I've been quite tempted, though, yes.


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