Before Sega introduced Virtua Tennis, most games based on the sport were slow-paced and terribly dull takes on the sport which did nothing for the imagination. Virtua Tennis was naturally an arcade take on the sport, but became the de facto standard for all tennis games to come. Over the last ten years, they've added everything you could possibly ask for in a tennis game – female players, a deep world tour mode, player editor and online play. With all of that, it seems like there was nothing left to improve upon, as though they could only go backwards from there. That is unfortunately what has happened with Virtua Tennis 2009.