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    meaning of a sentence

    A tennis player is looking for a coach and he is very demanding. He wants a coach that is also a good hitting partner. The tennis player says:

    *If a coach can't place the ball where it will be in a match, and place it there over and over while I perfect a shot, then there's no point*

    Is there anyone who can kindly explain me the meaning of this sentence?
    It seems quite illogical to me, but perhaps it is AE and I dont't know it very well...
    Thanks a lot in advance,
    S

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    I don't quite understand this sentence either.
    It's reffering to a coach whose phisique is not strong enough for him to be a suitable sparring partner for an active player.
    But I can't figure out what is 'there' in this context.
    It would make more sense, though, if we'd put "can't" after "and".

    By the way, where did you see that?

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    I saw it in a book.
    Well, thanks to your suggestion now it seems clear! I suppose *there* is the point in which the tennis player needs the ball to perfect his shot.
    Thanks a lot!

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    #4

    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Yes, that makes sense. It's one specific place on court where he wants his coach to hit the balls.

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    "If a coach can't replicate a particular shot for me to practice over and over, then there is no point (in continuing with that coach)."

    The "particular shot" could be one that the tennis player's opponent (in a real match in a tournament) used to gain advantage over him.

    If there was no context, then I would read it as:

    "If a coach can't replicate a particular shot for me to practice over and over, then what is the point in trying."

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