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Old 06-15-2023, 01:07 PM
 
Location: NSW
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We had that 6'10" play for like 10 hours against Nadal that year. You would think a 6'10" player have so much leverage; his shots be un-returnable.
It’s really only the serve that is un-returnable.
Although serving is half of the game, the rest of his shots and problems with movement soon get exposed.
And despite this height, he can’t send down Aces or unreturned serves every single time.
John Isner has still had a great career, peaked at Number 8, won a Masters at Miami and made the semifinals at Wimbledon. (and only just fell short of the final in the longest semifinal match ever)
Still it’s been 20 years since a male player won a Major or got to Number 1, in Andy Roddick.
The Bryan brothers though had incredible success in doubles.
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Old 06-15-2023, 02:05 PM
 
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It’s really only the serve that is un-returnable.
Although serving is half of the game, the rest of his shots and problems with movement soon get exposed.
And despite this height, he can’t send down Aces or unreturned serves every single time.
John Isner has still had a great career, peaked at Number 8, won a Masters at Miami and made the semifinals at Wimbledon. (and only just fell short of the final in the longest semifinal match ever)
Still it’s been 20 years since a male player won a Major or got to Number 1, in Andy Roddick.
The Bryan brothers though had incredible success in doubles.
I wonder if he ever played basketball or considered switching to Aussie Rules Football.
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Old 06-16-2023, 03:41 AM
 
Location: NSW
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I wonder if he ever played basketball or considered switching to Aussie Rules Football.
I think he did consider basketball, and played it at college.
AFL would be a bit foreign to most in the US.
Reilly Opelka is another very tall player, just like John Isner, but has been out of action for over 12 months now, and has dropped out of the top 100.
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Old 06-20-2023, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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I can see where that is all true, but it doesn't change the fact that tennis playing youth are few and far between. One should see that only as a benefit for the sport whether producing top-100 players or not.
I remember a variation of your original post when Boris Becker made his appearance with our equivalent boy athletes growing up and looking towards the NCAA football scholarship and the NFL. Throw out Richard Williams as a once in a lifetime father/coach pushing his American kids towards the sport we are back to a star system with the parents as part of the star class. To switch sports the Tonya Hardings in the expensive single player sports have a hard time competing with that money and go towards other sports where the community can support a group of kids and not a team of one or two.
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Old 06-21-2023, 11:45 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Think about it this way:

A professional tennis player must be successful (win a lot) to make money. Even the top players may only make $1 million in a food year. They may also get some endorsement money but not as much as the athletes in more popular sports.

An above-average professional baseball player makes about $5 million/year, being successful about 1/3 of the time, win or lose.

An average NFL football player $2.7 million, good quarterbacks over $30 million, even rookies get $750,000. That's regardless of how the team does that year.

The NBA basketball salary average is just under $10 million/year.

Even the less generous MLS soccer average salary is $472k/year.
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