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Funniest bloke on tour?

Haasfan
05-28-2004, 06:54 PM
Obviously Safin is one of Goran Ivanisevic's successors, who else on the tour is a character, despite the press lamenting the blandness of the sport.

CmonAussie
05-28-2004, 07:13 PM
Roddick when he throws a tantrum~ 01 USO QF 'dummy spit' in 5th set against Lleyton was one of the most amusing things I'd seen since McEnroe's antics!

Seriously though Safin is probably the funniest-> his got a certain aura of confidence so he can get away with saying stuff that no other player can.. *Marat is great for the game as long as he plays 100% effort~ when he gives up it's a sorry affair. Hope Safin can win atleast one more Slam; it would be a shame if he couldn't crack the mental hurdle again after his barnstorming victory at 2000 USO!!

CmonAussie
05-28-2004, 07:18 PM
Nadal may become a great character; but I'm not sure about his English (probably rather basic at this stage..)?? Of course Nadal would be very serious on the court but I think after the match & in the press conferences he could become quite a larrikan!

Fumus
05-28-2004, 07:19 PM
I think Safin is funny...Roger says some really witty stuff too..

After Henman match/final in the Indian Wells Master Tournament

P-Mac: "Roger lets take a look back here at some of your shots" "...wow you came up with an amazing cross-court backhand-pass on the run, going the opposite direction"(P-Mac sorta making the inference it was a lucky shot)

Roger:"I feel that shot is in my repertoire"(smiling)

P-Mac:"What shot isn't?"

Roger:"I don't know, you tell me?"(Laughing and smiling)

That interaction was soo funny...:lol:

LCeh
05-28-2004, 07:23 PM
I think Safin is funny...Roger says some really witty stuff too..

After Henman match/final in the Indian Wells Master Tournament

P-Mac: "Roger lets take a look back here at some of your shots" "...wow you came up with an amazing cross-court backhand-pass on the run, going the opposite direction"(P-Mac sorta making the inference it was a lucky shot)

Roger:"I feel that shot is in my repertoire"(smiling)

P-Mac:"What shot isn't?"

Roger:"I don't know, you tell me?"(Laughing and smiling)

That interaction was soo funny...:lol:

Actually, before Roger said that first line, he said that his TV screen was black. :lol:

Iza
05-28-2004, 07:25 PM
I think Marat is the funniest on tour! He's temperamental without being rude and he's funny& extremely charismatic. The pants thing he did vs. Mantilla was a big laugh!

Fumus
05-28-2004, 07:26 PM
I think if you read my Roddick signature that’s pretty funny..
Roddick is really witty and intelligent he isn’t a “meat-head” as Dirk would say.
That USO quarter was one of my favorite matches with Roddick ever, he just was on fire. He lost to Lleytton but, it was a great match and his antics were to a point entertaining.

Agassi is really funny. If you ever watch his post match interviews he is just so outgoing and there just sorta this thing about him he is very with it.

Post Coria match IW Interview

P-Mac was asking Agassi do you remember the first match you played here at IW? Andre was like hmmmm, like pretending to think, and said, “I am not sure”. P-Mac was like it was over 15 years ago or something like that and bla bla clearly thinking he had the great Agassi stumped. Then Agassi was like, well in the first round of the qualifiers I took on such and such and the score was this, and the second round of the qualifiers was tough, I had to take on such and such and the score was this. Then I took on such and such in the first round of the tournament here and the score was bla bla. “Mats Wielander eventually knocked me out, he treated me like I deserved” Agassi said. The ESPN stat guys and P-Mac had only the name of the guy he played and no more, they were blown away . Andre remembered all of his matches there, even the qualifiers, all the guy’s names and the scores. :lol: Andre is the man, and that was vary funny!

Fumus
05-28-2004, 07:27 PM
Actually, before Roger said that first line, he said that his TV screen was black. :lol:


oh yea, I remember that :lol:

he still knew the point anyways....haha:haha:

LCeh
05-28-2004, 07:29 PM
IMO, the funniest comment I have heard Rogi say was when he talked about his cow Juliette having a baby. :lol:

Fumus
05-28-2004, 07:32 PM
lol, well I remeber when he was at the Austrialian open and was saying it was a bad omen because his cow wouldn't give him milk and cheese....:lol:

The Swiss, they are just the funniest characters. They don't have an Army, nor do they ever go to war but just in case, they have nicest damn knives you will ever use!!

Deboogle!.
05-28-2004, 07:48 PM
Roger has a great sense of humor in interviews, and it's a nice sarcastic type of thing, which is my style, but I don't think he brings that onto the court really. He has a very quick wit. Andy is the same IMO, but perhaps in a more crude "American" way for a lack of a better description - he gives great press conferences, especially responding to the stupider questions. I think Marat and Andy are the funniest people I've seen on court, Marat with his obvious antics and Andy with things like catching the ball with his hat, yelling "fore" when he shanks a ball out badly, etc. Off the court, the funniest person I saw just hanging out, definitely Fish, but of course I haven't seen all that many players off the court just practicing lol. The Bryan brothers have a whole ton of fun on and off court, too. There are tons of funny guys though... a few things from Houston stick out, Horna did some funny things, he fell down once and had to change his shirt and he encouraged the ladies to whistle. And when Andy played Kendrick someone shouted "Go Andy!" when Kendrick was serving and Robert shouted "My name's Robert!!" the crowd loved that :)

Iza
05-28-2004, 07:52 PM
a few things from Houston stick out, Horna did some funny things, he fell down once and had to change his shirt and he encouraged the ladies to whistle. And when Andy played Kendrick someone shouted "Go Andy!" when Kendrick was serving and Robert shouted "My name's Robert!!" the crowd loved that :)

:haha: now that's what i call funny!

Vass
05-28-2004, 07:56 PM
Roger is funny, I have read a few funny Roddick quotes. But i'd say Roger and Marat. Although... I'm suere there is some guy who's humour is yet to be discovered.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2004, 08:00 PM
yea both things were really funny. Horna was funny too. when he had his shirt off he might've even bowed a little. I don't remember, but for some reason that sticks in my mind :) Another thing I remember from Kendrick... Andy hit an overhead and Robert climbed the wall at the baseline to make a last attempt to hit it, well he happened to jump up right in front of Former President Bush and everyone was a little bewildered. I think it totally threw Robert off a little, unfortunately, but it was still funny :lol: Things like that make the game so exciting.

Haas was also funny but I don't think intentionally... just from all the swearing at hismelf and his coach it got to be a point where it was funny. Fish was also funny when he and Blake won the doubles there, he started running away with the trophy. There was also a funny moment during the doubles final, James smashed a forehand return and Fish was at the net bent over in a doubles formation and the balls SMACKS Mardy in the back and Mardy turns around and throws his racket at James. :haha:

Shadow
05-28-2004, 08:03 PM
obviously Marat and Goran are the most funny, most hillarious and most original ones :D

Shy
05-28-2004, 08:04 PM
After his match vs Nalby, McEnroe asked Rogi: Are you aware that that you will the the world no.1 if you beat Ferrero in the semis?

Rogi replied: I think my maths is good enough to figure that out......

When I was 12 years old, I was just horrible. My parents were ashamed to watch my matches. I would play on a court at the local club and they would watch from the balcony. They would scream, 'Be quiet' to me and I would scream back, 'Go and have a drink

Nobody beats Goran and Marat.

Aranince
05-28-2004, 08:20 PM
After Rogi won Wimbledon last year, when he went backstage, he had to follow some guy...They had an interview like 10 minutes. When the guy thanked him for the intervew and walked away, Rogi remained in his seat. He thought the camera's were all off... Then he looked around him and asked: " Can I go to the toilet now?"
That was soooo sweet how he asked that! :D
But Roddick and Safin can be really funny too!

Vass
05-28-2004, 08:28 PM
:haha: :haha:

YoursTruly
05-28-2004, 08:40 PM
A lot of the players have funny moments, but then there are those that are obvious and have the "comic" tag to them. Ilie is one. Marat's action has gained him points. :lol: It's nice having some of these funny people on tour, and it naturally happens with each era. lol.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2004, 09:07 PM
Roger said something really funny on ESPN yesterday... Chris Fowler the host asked him something to the effect of "You've said you used to hate clay but now you play as well as anyone on it, what advice would you give to the American players who had so much trouble?"

Roger gave this really nice thoughtful answer about how it was really too bad that all the American guys were gone, that they add excitement to the tour or something (I got the feeling he was referring to something specific but he didn't say LOL), how they just need to play more and practice really really hard, etc etc... and then at the end Fowler is like "but what specifically" or something like that and Roger said something about not being able to really say since one day they'll have to meet on court. It was just great the way he took this absolutely ridiculous question from Fowler and made him look like a dolt :lol:

I think he, Andy, and Marat are all pretty equally funny, just in VERY different ways which is what makes them all interesting people. Roger has that refined European hilarious sarcasm, the quick wit but isn't as overt about it. Andy is more the in-your-face sort of love it or hate it type of self-depracating sarcasm, and Marat is just plain overtly hilarious :)

Satanic Pasteur
05-28-2004, 09:11 PM
I love tennis since I discovered Goran 15 years ago :worship:
Nobody on tour right now match him in term of charisma but Safin is obviously a very good guy, to a certain extent I would say Irakli Labadze is Goran's spiritual son talking about his behaviour on court so I like him a lot.
I also think Verkerk has an interesting personnality.

Federer's racket speaks for himself so he doesn't even need to be that talkative in order to bring interest :worship:

RogiFan88
05-28-2004, 09:25 PM
Goran, the singular Goran... he was so funny as the 2 Gorans at Wimby interviewing himself... so crazy Croat guy! He has a particular European humour.

Marat, he's the funniest, without trying to be... I still remember when he beat Pete at USO00 and they asked him how he managed to return Pete's serves {i think that's what the Q was} -- anyway Marat, in his honest, refreshing way, answered "You think I know? I don't know!" Pete had to laugh at that.

Rogi is hilarious too... so many little quotes I can't recall right now but people have already mentioned some. I like his cheeky remark about Juliette having a calf... someone congratulated "her" and he replied, thanks, but I'm not the father... "!!!

Corretja can be pretty funny too -- one of his interviews fr Gstaad02 was absolutely hilarious... he was cracking everybody up!

These guys just add so much to the game of tennis -- personality!

Ma. Estefania
05-28-2004, 09:35 PM
After Rogi won Wimbledon last year, when he went backstage, he had to follow some guy...They had an interview like 10 minutes. When the guy thanked him for the intervew and walked away, Rogi remained in his seat. He thought the camera's were all off... Then he looked around him and asked: " Can I go to the toilet now?"

:lol: Poor Roger

RogiFan88
05-28-2004, 09:51 PM
Yeah, Rogi was besieged by journalists!

Just check my sig!

Havok
05-28-2004, 09:58 PM
Federer, Marat, and Andy :banana: they all say some funny stuff when being interviewed and they can all crack a smile and start laughing while they give interviews:D

YoursTruly
05-28-2004, 10:29 PM
Roger said something really funny on ESPN yesterday... Chris Fowler the host asked him something to the effect of "You've said you used to hate clay but now you play as well as anyone on it, what advice would you give to the American players who had so much trouble?"

Roger gave this really nice thoughtful answer about how it was really too bad that all the American guys were gone, that they add excitement to the tour or something (I got the feeling he was referring to something specific but he didn't say LOL), how they just need to play more and practice really really hard, etc etc... and then at the end Fowler is like "but what specifically" or something like that and Roger said something about not being able to really say since one day they'll have to meet on court. It was just great the way he took this absolutely ridiculous question from Fowler and made him look like a dolt :lol:

I think he, Andy, and Marat are all pretty equally funny, just in VERY different ways which is what makes them all interesting people. Roger has that refined European hilarious sarcasm, the quick wit but isn't as overt about it. Andy is more the in-your-face sort of love it or hate it type of self-depracating sarcasm, and Marat is just plain overtly hilarious :)

I caught that on TV!

TheGrandstand
05-29-2004, 12:35 AM
Jonas Bjorkman is a really funny guy on the tour. He does some great McEnroe impersonations and some other guys, including Becker. He doesn't get the credit he should get with his doubles play.

¿esquímaux?
05-29-2004, 01:41 AM
:haha::haha::haha: @ this whole thread!!!

drf716
05-29-2004, 09:19 AM
Safin Drops Shorts, Wins at French Open

By STEVEN WINE
PARIS - Marat Safin celebrated a particularly nifty shot at the French Open by mooning the crowd, which raised the question: What will he do if he wins the tournament? The mercurial Russian advanced to the third round Friday by winning a two-day marathon against Felix Mantilla, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 11-9.

The match was suspended Thursday because of darkness at 7-all in the fifth set and ended 24 minutes after it resumed when Mantilla sailed a backhand long.

Afterward, Safin was still annoyed about being penalized a point for dropping his shorts early in the fifth set Thursday.

"I felt it was a great point for me," the former U.S. Open champion said. "I felt like pulling my pants down. What's bad about it?"

To celebrate a drop shot he hit for a winner, Safin grabbed his shorts, pulled them down to his thighs and leaned over. It appeared he wore underwear that remained in place, partially obscured by his long shirt.

The crowd cheered and laughed.

"Nobody complained," Safin said. "Everybody was OK. It wasn't like really bad."

He hitched up his pants with a smile, but it disappeared when chair umpire Carlos Bernardes Jr. penalized Safin a point. The Russian argued in vain with Bernardes and ITF supervisor Mike Morrissey, then applauded the ruling facetiously before play resumed.

Safin said tennis officials discourage making the sport fun.

"They tried to destroy the match," he said. "All of the people who run the sport, they have no clue. It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon."

A possible fine for Safin will be discussed Saturday, the International Tennis Federation said.

Top women's player Lindsay Davenport, long a paragon of tennis etiquette, agreed with Safin that penalizing him a point was an overreaction.

"I thought it was a little uncalled for," she said. "He definitely wasn't doing it in a fit of anger. They're always telling us to lighten up anyway."

CooCooCachoo
05-29-2004, 09:21 AM
Orlin Stanoytchev & Emilio Benfele Alvarez

Vass
05-29-2004, 09:35 AM
Safin Drops Shorts, Wins at French Open

By STEVEN WINE
PARIS - Marat Safin celebrated a particularly nifty shot at the French Open by mooning the crowd, which raised the question: What will he do if he wins the tournament?

I remember hims saying at USO-00 that he'll drop off his clothes... His reactions are too slow, I guess.

Action Jackson
05-29-2004, 09:58 AM
It used to be Pete Sampras without a doubt.

Now it's Marc Rosset or Robby Ginepri.