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aggressiveness


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The disposition of offensiveness, in which a forceful approach to sporting encounter is adopted in contest and competitive play, but with no intent to harm or likelihood of harming another player or opponent. It is a term used in sport commentating in referring to the qualities of a winner, so that former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe can talk of a top player as unlikely to become a multi-champion if he plays a cautious game from the back of the court; in so doing, in lacking an ‘aggressive game’, such a player concedes the initiative to the braver opponent. Aggressive play can also be manifest in forms of gamesmanship, such as the ways in which Muhammad Ali would verbally goad his boxing opponents before and during a fight; or cricketers can crowd around a batter and barrack the player.

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