The good thing about sketching tennis players in action is that you get practice at the figure and proportions, as well as getting to do some clothing folds and “drapery” so to speak, which is always useful practice for backgrounds in oil paintings. The only bad thing I can think of is that the style of sports clothes follows the “pants on the ground”, hip hop look, that’s popular with kids today. Those baggy clothes really makes it tough at times to see the figure under there. Ever see what Andy Roddick wears on court? Looks like he’s wearing a hefty garbage bag. Slowly though, the style seems to be changing (Thank you Under Armour brand!).
I did this painting a few years back of tennis great Pete Sampras and his baggy clothes. Didn't shoot this one however. Perhaps I went too far with all the folds. Another lesson learned - simplify.