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08-31-2005, 07:29 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
Qui Gon Dave
You are out there on your own and you have to have incredible focus if you are going to outplay someone who is better than you for
2 1/2 hours.
Try 5 hours!!! Yes, some grand slam matches have gone that long...and esp. if this 5 hours was spent on a red clay court as opposed to even hardtru clay, then this is definitely grusome.
But it doesn't end there. If you're in the slam, you have to play again in two days or even the very next day for another potential 5 hours...and then again and then again and then again until you finally win it all. And then you board a bus or plane and then start it all over again on Monday or the Monday after that...phew!
This is a lot of punishment on the body since there really is no off season in tennis and you have to play practically the whole year with some time off at Christmas.
Having said all that, I am not defending the argument that tennis is the toughest sport but that the grind can be extremely, extremely tough on the body and on your mind if you are making a living at it at a fringe level like this guy did since you can't pick and choose your tournaments since you only get paid when you play (and rather paltry pay too when you're not at the top level).
It's a tough way to make a living for sure.
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