Here, the clock doesn’t help you out!

Sportstar - - INTERVIEW MIKE TYSON -

Ten­nis is a year­round sport that can be played out­doors or in­doors. Any­one can play. And it’s so much fun. But that’s just for starters. Here are the first 23 of 46 more rea­sons why ten­nis is great.

Match points

“The great thing about ten­nis is you just can’t run out the clock,” points out Dar­ren Cahill, an Aus­tralian Davis Cup­per who has coached Roger Fed­erer, An­dre Agassi and cur­rent world No. 1 Si­mona Halep. No mat­ter how tired, ner­vous or in­jured you are, you have to win the last point. Noth­ing is more ex­hil­a­rat­ing, al­beit some­times nerver­ack­ing, than clos­ing out close matches. And, for fans, noth­ing is more thrilling than their favourite player reach­ing cham­pi­onship point.

Two is enough

Un­like foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, base­ball, ice hockey, cricket and other lead­ing team sports that re­quire dou­ble­digit play­ers for a game, ten­nis re­quires only two play­ers for a ro­bust prac­tice or match.

Su­per shots

The great ones treat us to their bril­liant trade­mark shots with as­ton­ish­ing fre­quency. The deadly fore­hands of Fed­erer, Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl and St­effi Graf. The over­pow­er­ing and stun­ningly ac­cu­rate serves of Ser­ena Wil­liams, Pete Sam­pras, Pan­cho Gon­za­les and Mi­los Raonic. The im­pec­ca­ble back­hands of No­vak Djokovic, Don Budge, Agassi and Lind­say Daven­port. The dev­as­tat­ing vol­leys of Martina Navrat­

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Var­ied arse­nal: The great ones treat us to their bril­liant trade­mark shots with as­ton­ish­ing fre­quency. St­effi Graf had a deadly fore­hand.

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