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Good questions to ask players?

Hey guys!!! Great to be back!

I'm going to the Nottingham Challenger this week and I was wondering what are some good questions to ask players?

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Re: Advice on talking to players.

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Hey guys!!! Great to be back!

Anyway, I'm going to the Nottingham Challenger, an intimate event, and I was wondering what sort of things you can ask some of the players to get a bit of a conversation going? Obviously some players are more talkative than others (as I have found on past experience) but, if you have talked to a player in the past, what sort of things have you asked / said?

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dont recommend what i once said to an england cricketer. told him he didn't get to go on the tour to india because despite his talent he was too inconsistent and unreliable.
he was with me after that
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dont recommend what i once said to an england cricketer. told him he didn't get to go on the tour to india because despite his talent he was too inconsistent and unreliable.
he was with me after that


You absolute ass!!!

I'm thinking I shouldn't ask Arvind: "When are you going to hold the racquet by the handle and not the frame?"
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You absolute ass!!!

I'm thinking I shouldn't ask Arvind: "When are you going to hold the racquet by the handle and not the frame?"
just ask arvind why he bothers playimg when he has the physical strength of a new-born baby! a stiff breeze (not even that stiff actually) would send him flying!
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Re: Advice on talking to players.

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Hey guys!!! Great to be back!

Anyway, I'm going to the Nottingham Challenger, an intimate event, and I was wondering what sort of things you can ask some of the players to get a bit of a conversation going? Obviously some players are more talkative than others (as I have found on past experience) but, if you have talked to a player in the past, what sort of things have you asked / said?

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Chat to them like you talk to other people.
What else do you want to do!
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Re: Advice on talking to players.

I'm pretty bad at that too. I really dont know what to say so if I want to talk to a player I'll usually ask for an autograph or a pic, as an excuse to approach them, then from there say something like 'how do you like Australia' or 'are you in the doubles event too'. Pretty lame I know, so I will probably benefit from this thread too.
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Re: Advice on talking to players.

give them a tip on how to play their next match!
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give them a tip on how to play their next match!
I'm sure they will love you for that
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You absolute ass!!!

I'm thinking I shouldn't ask Arvind: "When are you going to hold the racquet by the handle and not the frame?"
You should ask that, it'll be hilarious
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I'm sure they will love you for that
they might if they had never seen the player before and you had. or if you spoke sensibly. but you're probably right. thry wouldn't but who cares...it would be cool to do
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Chat to them like you talk to other people.
What else do you want to do!
That is easy to say right now...some of the ones I have encountered have had their heads shoved so far up their asses they couldn't see the light of day through a magnifying glass.
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Re: Advice on talking to players.

no point going up to them and talking about random crap is there really, i think unless you have something you want to know or have a purpose to chatting to them ie if they are playing doubles, whats their next event then its ok. But i think they would get pissed off if you just want a random chat i mean the amount of idiots that would go up to them and talk about crap must get annoying
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That is easy to say right now...some of the ones I have encountered have had their heads shoved so far up their asses they couldn't see the light of day through a magnifying glass.
only one i met like that was jeremy bates. sampras stopped took his photo with me, gave me his autograph and spoke for a minute before he played his match that day. bates at the same event refused to give his autograph until after his match. so afterwards i found him and offered him my programme, before taking it away and saying 'actually i dont really want it!'
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Re: Good questions to ask players?

I usually say... 'hey little boy, want some candy?' and then wiggle my eyebrows at them. Works every time.

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Re: Good questions to ask players?

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I usually say... 'hey little boy, want some candy?' and then wiggle my eyebrows at them. Works every time.
Can I borrow that line?

Lines I've used to begin conversations...

"Good luck in your match against (insert next opponent here). I'll be rooting for you."

"That was a great match against (insert opponent's name here). You were serving really well." (Obviously don't say this to someone who lost that match, and don't compliment part of their game unless you actually know enough to follow it up.)

"I'm so glad you're playing doubles with (insert partner's name here). I can't wait to see you guys play."

"You're such a brat!" (Okay, this one is risky, and only works if the brat in question is in a good mood, but it's worked for me twice. Once, the player stopped, cocked his head, and said, "What is 'brat'?" It was cute as hell.)

I've also gotten players to stop and talk just by greeting them in their native language. It's not hard to learn a few words, and none of them have ever seemed put off by the fact that I don't speak it fluently. They appreciate the effort.

Of course, some players just don't want or have time to talk. If you say something and they don't seem to want to stop, let them go.

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