If you are physically able to play tennis singles, which do you prefer to do and why?
For me, there is a totally different “rhythm” to playing singles … after you hit your shot, you start moving because you know the next ball coming back is YOURS. You should be constantly on the move and engaged in the play.
And naturally, it is much, much better exercise than doubles – even competitive tournament doubles play. So if that is one of your objectives, that is the game to play.
And lastly, it is one-on-one sports competition … no one to blame for losing other than yourself. And no one out there to help you solve the “problem” of your opponent other than you. So big wins tend to me more satisfying.
Playing with three other guys is much more of a “social” activity and a team sport – especially if you are playing on a league team with several matches going on.
I think doubles is also more of a “skill game” than singles, which can come down to an endurance contest. The “windows” of opportunity in doubles are much smaller and require more control and placement.
Which do you prefer?
PS On Monday, i am off to watch the pros play singles and doubles at the Miami Open!
The Best Doubles Player in the World?
according to Justin Gimelstob, it is America’s Jack Sock (with the possible exception of Rafa Nadal). Interesting choice!
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