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Rod Laver 1 0.84%
Arthur Ashe 1 0.84%
Ilie Nastase 3 2.52%
Jimmy Connors 4 3.36%
Bjorn Borg 14 11.76%
John McEnroe 31 26.05%
Boris Becker 7 5.88%
Andre Agassi 27 22.69%
Pat Rafter 6 5.04%
Gustavo Kuerten 25 21.01%
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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-24-2009, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Who is the most charismatic player of the open era

Obviously there are far more than 10 plausible choices that could be nominated. Please specify if you think someone other than these 10 is the most charismatic. Only retired players. Some I considered but didn't have space to include: Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash, Miloslav Mecir, Yannick Noah, Goran Ivanisevic, Lletyon Hewitt.

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Re: Who is the most charismatic player of the open era

Guga and Agassi
@ Borg

Rafael "The Matador of Spin" Nadal
Roger “The Magician of Precision” Federer
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Kuerten will win this poll but I choose Mc Enroe

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Only Rafter and Kuerten are what I would consider charismatic.
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I would consider McEnroe as polemic, not as charismatic

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Marat Safin
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Guga and Agassi
@ Borg
I remember seeing Borg as a kid, and I can give you in writing that the guy had tons of charisma. In spite of or even because his iceberg personality. Borg had this intimidating aura of invincibility; the type who would stare everybody down, no matter how hard the other guy tried, never cracked or showed any weakness. And he had the looks.

McEnroe vs. Borg was like fire vs. ice.

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Of those listed, Guga hands down
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Of those listed, Guga hands down
As much as I like Guga, for me he is nowhere near McEnroe, Agassi, Becker, Borg.

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Marat Safin deserves to be on the list. He can be surly or dark or crazy or he can just sit blankly in a chair--no matter what, people seem to be captivated by him. Personally, I tried very hard over the years not to like him, but in the end I can't help myself. That's charisma.
He' still active, there is another poll for that.

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I remember seeing Borg as a kid, and I can give you in writing that the guy had tons of charisma. In spite of or even because his iceberg personality. Borg had this intimidating aura of invincibility; the type who would stare everybody down, no matter how hard the other guy tried, never cracked or showed any weakness. And he had the looks.

McEnroe vs. Borg was like fire vs. ice.
The very aspect of charisma is tenuous and hard to define so it's no surprise to find polar opposites in thought on the very same person. However, typically, there are two distinct parts, how one carries theirselves, their aura, if you will, and their speaking ability. Borg clearly had the former, but did not really have the latter, and failed as a commentator because of it.

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Agassi's got no charisma at all.
Borg is the all time greatest when it comes to charisma.
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The poll needs more Rusedski.

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