How Tennis Is Becoming More Like NASCAR

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How Tennis Is Becoming More Like NASCAR
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John Isner serves as honorary pit crew chief for Kyle Petty in 2008.

Tennis and NASCAR, sports with seemingly little in common, are more alike than you think.

When John Isner, who grew up in North Carolina, served as honorary pit crew chief in 2008, he told an ATP staffer that "There a lot of similarities between NASCAR and tennis, where both sports call for you to be mentally focused and tough."

On the surface, the sports appear to be polar opposites. Tennis is usually associated with country club members, while NASCAR caters to country music listeners. In tennis, an international field of players compete all over the world. The closest NASCAR comes to anything international is Richmond International Speedway.

Yet recently, tennis has become more and more like NASCAR.



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