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Finally a good game of tennis in this decade? If good simulations are rare lately in this sports sector, the management aspect is not left out with a new work by Rebound CG. The French studio presents Tennis Manager 2022 as a prelude to Roland Garros, a management game in the line of Football Manager or Pro Cycling Manager.

When management emerges

When it comes to tennis as a sport, management is a fact. Managing a match, managing fatigue, managing emotions … There are many parameters to consider as a player. And when we consider the aspect of the race, the choice of the coach, the sponsors or the academy to train, it grants Tennis Manager 2022. an annual license. We embody a manager with the personality and experience you choose, with two possibilities: create a tennis academy from scratch or join an existing academy. The first option allows you to define the precise objectives of the academy and its means. After recruiting your first player or even creating your talent from scratch (the novelty compared to the previous opus), the multitude of options unfolds. Then we find the codes of Football Manager, with a space to receive important messages and make decisions.

In green under the calendar, the results of the hope that you do not train

From the hub, you can recruit other nuggets, manage the schedule and training of your foals, sponsorship deals, and most importantly assign technical staff to players. Every tennis player must have a head coach, a physical, technical, mental coach, a game plan and a physiotherapist. Keep in mind that the head coach can take care of several other aspects depending on his abilities (techniques for example) and that a head coach can take care of several players, up to a limit of 4 assignments. A management of the coaches that we thought was very smart, without being cumbersome to do. You can manage a player while you are his coach, or just take care of the management. Anyway, your assistant will ask you if you want to attend the final and train a member of your academy even if you are not their coach to avoid any frustration.

From single to double

Because in addition to managing the medium and long term in the trajectory of the players, it is possible to take care of their nuggets in the game. Chat, choice of intensity of service, return, key points according to the qualities and fouls of the opponent before the match are required. During the game, the title offers 3D rendering with a selection of cameras, possible tactical changes between points, chat … We can certainly find errors in the 3D modeling of the protagonists and the exchanges, but it is a “concern” for most sports management games. Not bad then, although we would have liked to be a little more guided in the instructions to give to direct a party in the right direction for the novices.

Tennis Manager 2022: the perfect management game for Roland Garros?

Even following the advice, it is difficult to regain control of a party

Finally, Tennis Manager 2022 provides the essentials for the genre and manages to secure a certain position without Rebound CG having a huge budget. The interface is certainly the most ergonomic of its kind, we browse the menus with pleasure without getting lost in the avalanche of information. The big drawback comes mainly from the difficulty slider : If the results of athletes competing outside the academy are true to reality, recruiting an aspirant with high potential will make him move up the rankings very often, and too quickly. On the other hand, we struggled a lot to regain the form of young or old players who were losing a lot, and having a few more chances to climb the slope would not have been too much. The ability to play doubles matches, too.

Hugo Baston or Carlos Alacatraz?

Tennis Manager 2022: the perfect management game for Roland Garros?

Playing with a mod to have real names and photos is more enjoyable

The famous licensing issue. Like most sports or management games like Pro Cycling Manager, Most Tennis Manager players change their name and lack of photography. Rafael Nadal becomes Rafael Nabal, Djokovic in Djorovic or Iga Swiatek in Swietak. However, some French players are licensed in the game, such as Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Mahut, Grégoire Barrère or Clara Burel. Even several foreign knives have placed their trust in CG Rebound. Finally, the number of licensed tennis players and women is quite low, however the studio left the possibility of starting a career with a mod previously downloaded from Steam Workshop. The experience is then much more enjoyable than watching Hugo Baston and Carlos Alcatraz fight at Roland Garros.

Strong points

  • Rather complete in the management of a Tennis Academy
  • Realistic in opposite results
  • Very easy to learn for a management game
  • Ergonomic interface
  • Live and multi-player management
  • Player creation added
  • Realistic in opposite results …

Weaknesses

  • … but often too simple in the results of hopes
  • Negative periods difficult to overcome
  • 3D modeling in perfectible combination
  • Absence of real names without mod

Fun! Wanting to be inspired by the best sports management games, the French Rebound CG have achieved their commitment to be at the level in this field. Tennis Manager 2022 offers a very ergonomic interface despite the flood of information, easier to handle than its counterparts. It will certainly be necessary to go through a modification in the Workshop to have the real names of the players, but the title is very consistent with the different results of the tournaments during the season. Running a tennis academy is a demanding exercise, although we regret a limited representation of 3D matches and too easy progress for aspiring youngsters. All in all, TM 2022 is a good game for any manager or tennis fan, a great opportunity for the end of Roland Garros.

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