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Metrosexual?

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(Douglas Robinson for Tennis Magazine)

Clean Cut: The men of the ATP are shedding their leg-acy

Maria Sharapova isn't the only player whose silky-smooth legs have drawn oohs and ahhs lately. Juan Carlos Ferrerro, Guillermo Coria, and Carlos Moya, among others, have turned their share of heads for shaving their legs, which is fast becoming a trend on the men's tour.

"It does seem like a lot of guys are doing it," says Mardy Fish, who wants in on the record that he does not clip, trim, or shave his leg hair.

What's behind the metrosexual trend? Most players say it's more convenient for post-match rubdowns, because hairy legs can make a massage uncomfortable and follicles are more easily infected. "It's for massage," Ferrerro says, "not for looking good." ATP trainer Per Bastholt, who treats dozens of players in the locker room during every tournament, agrees. "It makes it easier to do massage therapy and other treatments."

Vittorio Selmi, an ATP tour manager, says shaving may give some players the illusion of better aerodynamics, like swimmers who shave their bodies before competition. He adds, "you feel, not lighter, but more clean when you sweat."

The Armenian Sargis Sargsian admits he has taken a razor to his thick, dark hair simply for entertainment. "I've done it a couple of times when I was bored in a hotel," he says.

While it's impossible to calculate how many men are eschewing the hirsute – ATP officials estimate that upwards of 50 percent of players perform some sort of hair removal – the trend is on the upswing. Its origin can be traced to Andre Agassi, who traded in his flowing locks for a shiny pate and streamlined body years ago. He still clips his legs, chest, and it appears, even his arms.

"Agassi was one of the first," Selmi says. "Things get trendy and everyone copies it."

Well, not everyone. "You look like a girl without any hair," says Belgium's Olivier Rochus. "I don't like it."

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Re: Metrosexual?

HELLO, look at coria, moya and especially Ferrero, they're very very attractive men, and even if ferrero didn't shave, he'd still be gorgeous. I personally like the no hair look better.

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LOL Ollie.... he made my day.

i don't mind the sight of hairless male players....it's just the thought of those manly men grabbing a razor and shaving that really bothers me... Imagine Lleyton Hewitt bringing that razor to his armpits and you'll understand.


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Re: Metrosexual?

Last year there was a story in one of the Aussie papers about the beauty habits of some of the ATP players, but that focused on the ones that waxed their armpits. Perhaps these experiences will make them a little bit more sympathetic to the women in their lives...

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Thanks, howardean, and everybody who posted for the chuckles.

Olivier!
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I'll admit, I'm one of those women who likes my man smooth, though a little hair on the chest isn't a bad thing.

But shaving purely for the sake of massages? Yeah, sure, I buy that.

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But shaving purely for the sake of massages? Yeah, sure, I buy that.

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"You look like a girl without any hair," says Belgium's Olivier Rochus. "I don't like it."
I second that. Shaved chests are sexy but shaved legs make men look like chicks.

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Well, not everyone. "You look like a girl without any hair," says Belgium's Olivier Rochus. "I don't like it."
oli u are such a dude!

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OMG, can you imagine how much Pete Sampras [the hairyest player ever] used to suffer during massages?
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I second that. Shaved chests are sexy but shaved legs make men look like chicks.
too true!! its just not rite for men to shave their legs, chest fine but legs, dont make me laugh

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ha ha ha Ferrero actually admitted to it, for years ive been wondering whether or not he shaved his legs, or just had really fine hair...

"You look like a girl without any hair," says Belgium's Olivier Rochus. "I don't like it."

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Hair on men's legs, hands, breast - it's so...mmmm.... masculine.
I like it
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so many of the guys do it...I noticed it last year...esp the Spaniards...and even some of the coaches!!!
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