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             |         SEGA SPORTS TENNIS / VIRTUA TENNIS 2K2           |
             |             STRATEGIES GUIDE VERSION 1.1                 |
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By David "Bobbokrull" Madås
Send your queastions, ideas and love-letters to:
david_madas@hotmail.com
www.geocities.com/david_madas (only in Swedish)
www.geocities.com/saibotbobbokrull (my CS-mapping site)


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         CONTENTS
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 -UPDATES

 -EXPLONATION

 -STRATEGIES
 I. Use what you've got
 II. Use your brain
 III. Player strategies

 -WORLD TOUR STRATEGIES

 -THE KEY TO SUCCES

 -TO COME IN LATER VERSIONS

 -COMMENTS



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         UPDATES
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v.1.1
 -Fixed the pin crasher graphic
 -Some layout changes
 -Fixed a few bad lines
 -Added the ugly title. It was supposed to 
  look like the Star Wars-logo. Fatal mistake.
 -Added "the key to succes".
 

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       EXPLONATION
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This FAQ is not as other FAQs. 
It won't contain any Frequently Asked Questions and
no guide how many rackets and courts you will be 
able to buy. The reason: it's unnecessary; You'll find 
out that by yourself anyway. 
I'll instead focus on the part that's called tennis. 
I'm a  rather good tennis player myself, so trust me;
I know quite a lot about strategies and that kind of stuff.
At last, sorry for my bad english. I'm from Sweden. 



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        STRATEGIES
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I've here put up some rules. Read 'em carefully.


I. USE WHAT YOU'VE GOT
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1 - Use your player.
First of all. Every player in the game is good at something.
Hitmaker haven't put in a player that's worse than the others,
the bad players is the ones you haven't learnt to use to 100%.
Use your players weapon when you play with him.
If you for example choose Haas, why don't you go around and
use his forehand instead of shooting a weak backhand? 
Using your players weapon too much can be dangerous too.
You may not try to shoot a forehand when the ball's heading for 
the backhand sideline.

2 - Use the court
There're four main types of courts. Hard-court, Grass, Clay and
Carpet. They're NOT the same to play at. Grass makes the ball
bounce very low, making up for more succesful net-attacks. 
Clay is the very opposite. The ball bounces high and the tempo
becomes hopelessly low. This is good for the player with good
strokes, while serve-volley player is chanceless at clay-courts.
The hard-court and carpet surfaces are not really the same,
but they are both quite allround, giving most types of players
a chance for victory.

3 - Use your opponent
A good tennis player is smart. He uses his abilities, the court
and the opponents weak sides. Try to figure out if your 
opponent has a weak point, and use that to your advantage. 


II. USE YOUR BRAIN
------------------------
This title would fit to the USE WHAT YOU'VE GOT-section.
Why didn't I put it there? Because I think it's so important
that it deserves its own place. 
You've read it before, I write it again; A good player is smart.
Have a thought with every stroke. Try to think one step further
than your opponent. Be innovative. Don't do the same thing
over and over. Surprise your opponent with a short slice
when he's expecting a powerful stroke (this doesn't work well
on computers, but for humans it's deadly). If you wanna be a
top player, stay 100% focused throughout the game. If you
just want to have fun, be cool and enjoy.
Don't be upset if you lose a ball. Your opponent may, and 
probably WILL do things you just can't affect, so prepare
yourself for the next ball instead of throwing your controller
to the floor (if you do so, take out the memory-card first).


III. THE PLAYER STRATEGIES
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I should now make a commitment. The reason why I 
have no female players in this guide is that I have 
played with 'em to little. Don't take me for hating women, 
they will have their place here in a later update.

Thanks Hitmaker for putting in two Swedish players.
What a shame it was Norman/Enquist and not 
Magnus Larsson/Andreas Vinciguerra.    

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PATRICK RAFTER
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TO PLAY WITH
A pure serve-volley player. It's very hard to meet a good
serve-volley player, so get your serve to max and hit 
the second ball with a volley at the serve-line. Another 
effective strategy, if you miss the serve, is to slice your
way forward. This is also effective when it's your 
opponents turn to serve. 

TO MEET.
When used right, a very difficult opponent. 
If he doesn't attack at the first time, try to push him
back, resulting in an easy point for you. If he does,
try to shoot low strokes at his feet, giving you the 
advantage. Lobs are useless. 
                  
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TIM HENMAN
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TO PLAY WITH
If you want a serve-volley player, turn to Rafter.
He's better.
                     
TO MEET 
Use the strategies for Rafter

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CEDRIC PIOLINE
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TO PLAY WITH
Not at all a bad player, but something makes me feel
he's not as good as Kafelnikov. If you would choose
Pioline, follow the strategies for Kafelnikov.

TO MEET
Anything goes, really. Try to kill the ball as quick as
possible. As a computer, he seems to like the net,
so be prepared for anything. 
               
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YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV
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TO PLAY WITH
Defenitely my favourit player. He's so all-round you can
win at any surface, with any strategy. This is handy in 
the Tournament mode.
I prefer to stay cool at the baseline, just putting back 
the ball until the opponent makes a mistake. BANG - you win
the ball and your opponent asks why the hell he didn't choose
this guy.  This is a deadly strategy against medium-good human 
players. For computers and top human players, use a more
offensive strategy.

TO MEET
In the hands of a good player, one of the most difficult players
in the game. Try to push him and take the chances you get.

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TOMMY HAAS
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TO PLAY WITH
If I feel for some offensive power, I turn to Rafter or this guy.
His forehand is undoubtly the best in the game so use it as 
othen as you get the chance. Get your serve as hard as possible
and push the opponent with hard strokes from your forehand. 
                  
TO MEET
Difficult. His weak point is the backhand, so push him back at
the backhand-side and put an end to the ball by a distinctive
volley.

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THOMAS ENQUIST
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TO PLAY WITH
If you don't like Haas for his weak backhand, get this guy.
Hitmaker has by some strange reason given him a strong 
backhand, his weak point in the reality, but that's of less
 importance. This player should be used like Haas, but use 
his backhand instead of his forehand.

TO MEET
Don't underestimate this guy. His strokes has a strange kloff-
sound (just like Pioline) but his backhand is super-powerful. 
Push his forehand and go for the net. 

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MAGNUS NORMAN
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TO PLAY WITH
Just three words:
DON'T USE HIM!
I mean: "Fast runner"...

TO MEET
The easiest player to meet. He doesn't have much of what
we use to call strokes, and his serve is pathetic.
Do what you want.

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CARLOS MOYA
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TO PLAY WITH
Ok. He's got rather powerful strokes, good serve and...
...HE SUCKS! HARD! He's so f***ing slow you won't have any
need of the powerful strokes! And don't you ever try to do
a net-attack with him!
 
TO MEET
Just push this guy from corner to corner and he'll be 
history. Get him to the net and you'll have som easy points.

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KING                               
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TO PLAY WITH
Not really a player...a machine! The prototype for the 
perfect player. Kafelnikov times 59. Get him by beating
the tournament without losing a game (quite hard on "hard", 
impossible at "very hard"). Every time you do it again, he'll
get a level better.

TO MEET
As a computer, he seems to act as a serve-volley player,
so keep the strokes low and try to push him if he stays at
the baseline.


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     WORLD TOUR STRATEGIES
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CREATING A PLAYER
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THE TRAINING
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First of all, get your player some strokes, this will be easier
if he/she has done some footwork-training.
When you're happy with the strokes, get your player 
a serve, and at last a volley. 

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DANGER FLAGS
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Easy. Just take the flag to the right first, run upwards, left
and down after taking the middle flag.

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DISC SHOOTER
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Can be tricky. Here's a suggestion. 

 1.  X O O O X
     O O O O O
     O O O O O
     O O O O O  

 2.  x x x x x
     O O O O O
     O O O O O
     X O O O X

 3.  x x x x x
     x O O O x
     x O O O x
     x X X X x

4.   x x x x x
     x x x x x
     x x x x x
     x x x x x

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PIN CRASHER
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Damn, this training is fun. Here's how you place your serve.

Power      Controller
1.		              2.
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| |             __        | |               __
| |             /         | |               / 
|-|<--         /          | |              /

 3.		              4.
__                         __MAX!
|-|<--                     | |
| |                        | |   
| |            __          | |            __
| |            |           | |             |
| |            |           | |             |

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STOMP MAN
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Rather easy. Hit the ball and run between 
two lines of cans for best results.

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ALIEN FORCE
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Shoot the alien forces. Cool version of "Space invaders".
Kill 'em in the order you want.

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PRIZE SNIPER
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First of all: Shoot the bell; this will give you 500 points.
Then go for the cans and the bags.

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TANK ATTACK
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Take out the green tank(s) first. 
Then hit the red until it goes down. 

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BULL'S EYE
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Come on...you don't need a guide for this?



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    THE KEY TO SUCCES
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Everybody wants it. I've got it, and because I'm a really nice 
guy, I'll share it with you. Ready? The key is:
DOMINATION. Yeah, that's right. Domination. The very best
player is the one that doesn't give the opponent a single
chance. The one that never makes a mistake, never misses
an opportunity and doesn't even let you do so. But how can 
you become this...machine? The word again: Domination.
There are two ways to ackomplish this task: The first is to 
play serve-volley. Ok, it's boring, but it's f***ing effective.
If you're good, I'm mean REALLY good, you're unstoppable.
The second way is to be the king of the baseline.  


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 TO COME IN LATER VERSIONS
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-Female player strategies

-Other tips

-Creating a player

-Double strategies


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         COMMENTS
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 "LAN? You mean with computers?" 
  - Bobbokrull, some jerk in Sweden

 "Sing hallelujaaaa!!!"
  - My friend Alex, after fragging me for the first time.

 "I wonder what've done to become so big and dumb."
  - Nikola Sarcevic, singer in Millencolin.

 "Two types of balls. Big brave balls, or tiny vimsy faggot balls." 
   - Vinnie Jones, Snatch

 "Don't do drugs. Drugs are BAD, okaaaaay?!" 
  - Chef, South Park


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