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is DARTH FEDERER, GOAT among men, the most popular tennis player ever?

Whether he's the GOAT is debatable but I think it's safe to say that he's the most popular at this point.
In most of the places he goes he's the crowd fave and even in his practices he has many fans watching him. I was just reading that today he had to be escorted by 4 security guards just to get in time to his practice session in Estoril. That's just crazy, imo.

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Even people who are not into tennis know him, so I think yes

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I think No and have voted No for this reason:

Its true that for those that follow Tennis and Roger Federer in particular, Federer is very important to his fans, they are very committed to him.

But in every day walk of life, a lot of people who I work with and people I meet are not that bothered about Roger Federer at all, they see him as a great player and thats about it. A lot of people I meet outside of Tennis tend to prerfer Nadal which is interesting. Besides coming up with the hit for Haiti idea, Federer doesn't really speak on outside issues so the general public will not him in the way of a Navratilova or Arthur Ashe.

I think Andre Agassi is probably the most popular player who had fans outside of the general Tennis fan base due to his larger than life personality.

From what I've seen from 1970s videos, schoolgirls were following Bjorn Borg all over the place like a Rock Star, so he's up there as well. Federer seems to attract more mature ladies from what I can tell.
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Of course not, even Yannick Noah was more popular than him.

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I think No and have voted No for this reason:

Its true that for those that follow Tennis and Roger Federer in particular, Federer is very important to his fans, they are very committed to him.

But in every day walk of life, a lot of people who I work with and people I meet are not that bothered about Roger Federer at all, they see him as a great player and thats about it. A lot of people I meet outside of Tennis tend to prerfer Nadal which is interesting. Besides coming up with the hit for Haiti idea, Federer doesn't really speak on outside issues so the general public will not him in the way of a Navratilova or Arthur Ashe.

I think Andre Agassi is probably the most popular player who had fans outside of the general Tennis fan base due to his larger than life personality.

From what I've seen from 1970s videos, schoolgirls were following Bjorn Borg all over the place like a Rock Star, so he's up there as well. Federer seems to attract more mature ladies from what I can tell.
That seems like a very reasonable analysis. I wasn't around in Bjorn's era but I have read he was indeed very popular.

I think that Nadal has many fans who aren't truly tennis fans but tend to like him because they find him attractive (that's not to say that's the case of all Nadal fans of course). On the other hand, most of the Federer fans I know tend to like him for his game only.
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Even people who are not into tennis know him, so I think yes

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I think No and have voted No for this reason:

Its true that for those that follow Tennis and Roger Federer in particular, Federer is very important to his fans, they are very committed to him.

But in every day walk of life, a lot of people who I work with and people I meet are not that bothered about Roger Federer at all, they see him as a great player and thats about it. A lot of people I meet outside of Tennis tend to prerfer Nadal which is interesting. Besides coming up with the hit for Haiti idea, Federer doesn't really speak on outside issues so the general public will not him in the way of a Navratilova or Arthur Ashe.

I think Andre Agassi is probably the most popular player who had fans outside of the general Tennis fan base due to his larger than life personality.

From what I've seen from 1970s videos, schoolgirls were following Bjorn Borg all over the place like a Rock Star, so he's up there as well. Federer seems to attract more mature ladies from what I can tell.
Being popular has nothing to do with whether or not people care about your skills. If they know who he is, they know who he is. Obviously if 80 out of 100 people know you, you are more popular than that other guy who is only known by 50 out of 100 people regardless whether or not they love him to death. So I don't see your point by that statement.

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Being popular has nothing to do with whether or not people care about your skills. If they know who he is, they know who he is. Obviously if 80 out of 100 people know you, you are more popular than that other guy who is only known by 50 out of 100 people regardless whether or not they love him to death. So I don't see your point by that statement.
Well clearly Nadal is as well known as Federer - so the statement speaks for itself.
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Re: is Rogie the most popular tennis player ever?

Borg, Connors, McEnroe all played at a time when tennis was at its peak in terms of popularity. Tennis today, Federer inclusive, is not even sniffing those levels.

Agassi was also popular, but not as much as the 70s-early-80s stars.

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Re: is Rogie the most popular tennis player ever?

Impossible to measure that

Esp as the definition of what you call "popular" is not precise at all.

Most well-known by most people ? Most beloved ?

What I can say subjectively is that since I followed tennis (beginning of the 80s), I have the impression that two players were a kind of myth, whose name represented tennis as a whole in the ears of many people :

McEnroe and Federer

many people spoke (and still speak) about "playing like McEnroe" as a kind of myth.

Federer's name represents nearly the same now, I think, maybe not as much yet.


I guess Laver represented something like that as well, but tennis was less well-known in the world in that time.

Agassi is something completely different, Kournikova as well

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Of course not, even Yannick Noah was more popular than him.
you made me laugh but I now wonder : you come from Argentina from what I know, was he popular there ?

(note that Noah was the idol of my adolescence)

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Borg, Connors, McEnroe all played at a time when tennis was at its peak in terms of popularity. Tennis today, Federer inclusive, is not even sniffing those levels.
I don't know where's your point of view. In the USA it's probably true.

But in France, it's not true.

And even if France had its best tennis players in the 80s.

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