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  • anton anton Mar 19, 2008 22:27 Flag

    Federer - Really The Greatest?

    sorry, but the guy who actually has to sweat is the greatest sportsman. Tiger is indeed a brilliant technician at a difficult game but get back to me when he has to carry his own gear and run between the holes while his opponent fires balls at him at 200kmh. Golf is not a sport, as is clearly evident by the fact that fat blokes can still play it and win.

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    • Definitely Roger is the greatest and by far! Not just he deserved it from all aspects, just imagine the kind of energy he puts on to win weeks after weeks his tournaments, there is no comparaison with Golf, I practise both sports and Golf is far easier from an "Athlete" point of view, Just Compare one single point of Tennis to one shot of Golf, and let me know! Tiger is great though but he is not the greatest

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      • Ive played tennis at the collegiate and satellite tennis tournament level and while it was indeed hard to play, golf as a game requires way more skill. There is more athleticism in tennis but you can go to any court and see wannabes hacking every weekend making decent contact with the ball. You will never see anyone just go and pick up golf clubs and make the same decent consistent contact with a golf ball to put it even in the vicinity where they want it to go. Ive grown up watching the likes of Borg, McEnroe, Connors , Nastase, Villas, Wilander, Lendl, Noah, and even used to regularly beak an instructor who taught at Nick Bolleteri's tennis academy in bradenton Florida so i know of what i speak.

    • I agree with tontonsky 100%!!!
      Golf is not a sport for real athletes.It is more like a mind-technical game such as snooker and its doesn't require any athletic skills.
      Particularly i think that the best athlete should be decided among atomic sports.
      Thats because it's much more difficult for an individual athlete to became a champion by himself than through an athletic team.

    • Wrong, the guy who actually has to sweat only becomes the smelliest sportsman. The word sportsman does not refer soley to ability. It carries the personality trait also. Therefore All sports must be included. I just cannot fathom how Alonso can be included. A cry baby who is a bad loser certainly excludes him as a sportsman of any form.

    • So your definition of sport is "an activity that makes the player perspire", and by extension the best player is "He or she who perspires most". Mmmm - I think we all know where you are coming from.

      Dictionary.com defines sport (in part) as:

      1. an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
      2. a particular form of this, esp. in the out of doors.
      3. diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.

      There are plenty of players of baseball, football, hockey & swimming at the top of their respective games carrying a few extra pounds. Physical attributes are only important insofar as they limit or otherwise the activity.

      So … you just keep buying those headbands and deodorant.