In constrast, TF's nicknames are goofy and light-hearted. Most come from inside jokes or stories that make the board feel a sense of community: Martha, Chucky, Sarin, Vinas, Agatha, Cake, Medusah, etc.
Yes incredibly light-hearted. I can't believe it! I have no idea who Medusah is. Hope it's your avatar and not a player. But I do know Cake is for Barotoli, probably because she is fat or said she liked cake in an interview. That's typical "light-hearted" comedy right there...
Just because a place has more women and a more "cute" surface doesn't mean it can't be sinister. I think women are often more cruel in their jokes than men and often get way waaaaaay more personal.
MTF is basically like the ATP tour itself. Rougher surface but deep within most here just love the sport. You can call players stuff without any ill-will behind it. Even the players themselves pull gay jokes and call each other way dirtier stuff than is posted here just to practice together the day after. Men are like that. Often a bit more brutal on the surface but there is less meaning behind.
TF is probably a bit like the WTA tour. Very pretty surface. But deep within? Even many of the WTA players themselves are like mortal enemies and refuse to be on the same practice court or even talk to each other even if they still smile and look happy for the cameras. I wouldn't be the least surprised if TF is a way more personal, sinister and bitchier place than MTF will ever become.
Some might like that! I don't. I think it's just fine here on MTF. Good balance between experts/nerds with great knowledge of the sport and statistics, trolls and extreme fantards (they bring comedy) and your average lurkers/casuals who mostly come here to read the opinions about their fav players matches.