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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
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    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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    | |            __          | |            __
    | |            |           | |             |
    | |            |           | |             |
    
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    STOMP MAN
    ---------------
    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
    -----------------
    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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