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Tennisball: Which players would make the greatest tennis player?

Monday 3rd July 2017
Wimbledon has taken centre stage. The All England Club has begun to dominate the back pages and oppress football rumours and opinion pieces. Yet, if you are like me and feel a nameless emptiness at the depleting circulation of football-related articles, fear no more. For here is a way to combine football and its temporary over-lord tennis: the complete tennis player made up of football players.

Insightful brain

Tennis players have to be intelligent in their shot placement. You can be the biggest hitter on the tour, but if you are predictable in where you are going to hit the ball, you will get walked over. Similarly, you have to be savvy in when to play certain shots; be it a drop shot or a cross-court winner, you have to time it correctly to produce maximum results.

With this in mind, Andres Iniesta adopts the role of the tennis brain: his insightful pass placement and shrewd choice of passing when in the final third would serve him well on a tennis court.
There is little more pleasing than a graceful backhand: Roger Federer single-handed backhand is one of the greatest sights in modern sport. With such an emphasis on grace, class and aesthetic pleasure, this trait falls to Andrea Pirlo who is the archetypal figure of elegance.

Deft footwork

Tennis players have to be light on their feet, with the agility a necessary ability. Whilst we might consider Lionel Messi to be supremely talented because of his goal-scoring and dribbling ability – and he is a supreme talent because of this – what marks him further out is his lightness on his feet, allowing him to feint and turn in such a beguiling manner. Such impressive footwork would complement any top tennis player.

Powerful Serve

A powerful serve can win Championships. It can be the difference between winning and losing if used correctly. An ace – or unreturnable serve – can be such a wonderful accessory in a tennis match.

There is only really one option here; it is, of course, PES' Adriano of 2006, who boasted a 99 for shot power. Simply unstoppable.


Tennis is a gruelling game, combining cardiovascular endurance with anaerobic intensity; add in the constant use of one's playing arm and it makes for a cocktail of painful durability.
Arturo Vidal or N'golo Kante? This is the hardest choice. Vidal matches the aggressive intensity displayed on the court, whereas Kante demonstrates the steady rhythm necessary to every tennis player's game – the ability to conserve energy and burst when necessary.

Why can't we go with both? The belligerent intensity of Vidal married with the constant, indefatigable endurance of Kante would make for one of the fittest tennis players to date.

Winning mentality

Like any other sport in the world, a tennis player has to tap into a winning mentality – their psychological outlook has to be tuned to a winning frequency.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a born winner. He has won everything there is to win apart from a World Cup. The Portuguese has an insatiable desire to be the best and such competitive edge would improve any tennis player.
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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