Jessica Pegula explains the difference between tennis and the NFL, NHL

Pegula's father, Terry, owns an NFL and an NHL team.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jessica Pegula explains the difference between tennis and the NFL, NHL

American tennis star Jessica Pegula tried to explain the difference between a tennis player and a player who plays team sports in the leagues such as the NFL and NHL. Pegula's father, Terry, owns the NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Buffalo Sabres.

"I would say I think there's always similarities as an athlete, but I would say tennis is so much different because you're on your own team. You kind of have to do everything yourself, at least someone on your team is doing that, which is usually a smaller group of people.

Whereas for the NFL and the NHL, a lot of people are doing things for you," Pegula explained, per WTA Insider. "I would always -- probably going to get crap for this, but I always joked to my mom. I toured the stadium when we first bought the Bills.

They have a training facility, a practice field, then a gym, then their own training room, the chef, all this stuff. I was like, 'This isn't fair.' We have to go week to week in a different environment all the time plus traveling, all this stuff."

Pegula says there's much more stability in team sports

"I think all of those intangibles make it so much different where you don't have as much stability of knowing where you're going, what's going to happen, knowing where you are a certain week, making the same type of trips or traveling based on the games that you're playing, going to the same environments," Pegula continued.

"I think us, we have so many different things we have to deal with, which to me is really what makes tennis stand out and differentiate from other sports." Meanwhile, Pegula is having a strong campaign at Melbourne Park. On Sunday, Pegula saw off Greece's Maria Sakkari 7-6 (0) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.

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