EA Sports attempt at tennis doesn't cut it. The full package is just not there for this game.
One of my biggest problems with the game is the fact that you cannot control the difficulty in the career mode, so your first year or two is super easy and a waste of your time. It's a joke that all I have to do is serve and volley my way through every single game to win all four grand slams easily my first year which is mostly just dumb. Luckily, you can choose to play short (1 set 3 games), medium (3 sets 5 games), or long (5 sets 7 games) matches. The short matches are the only thing that kept me attempting to make it through the first couple of years. If you can bear to get through the first few years (which I can't) the game might become fun and challenging.
Secondly, in the career mode, it seems that the best players are always grouped next to each other in the tournaments. You'll find that Nadal, Federer, Roddick, and Djokovic seem to all play each other before Round 3 of most Grand Slam Tournaments. Although this has nothing to do with the actual gameplay, it is just another instance of EA Sports not paying attention to the small things in their career mode.
If I were going to take any positives out of the game it is the following... The stick controls are way better than button mashing tennis. When you find the perfect timing and master your control over the shots its an extremely satisfying feeling. Also, obviously all of the Grand Slams are in this game.
This game is headed in the right direction for EA tennis, but the career mode needs to be fixed for sure. You can get some fun out of playing some exhibitions on higher difficulty. I only recommend the game for those who just want a fun tennis game to play with friends or those who are willing to give the career mode a lot of boring time before it gets good.
Grand Slam Tennis is not one of your tipical sports games. It alows you to play as all the great Tennis players and also gives you the chance to create and play as your own character. So it gives you the chance to acually live and feel the dream of having a Tennis career.
I really tried to like/pl;ay this game, really. But the controls are just horrible! the user controlled player only hits the ball 50% of the time, and thats only if you time it perfectly. I got several aces and points against me when i had my guy set up for a winning shot, only to have the game decide...unh-unh! After 2 or 3 days of trying this frustratingly bad game...I sent it back!