Most loved player at the moment.

Horatio Caine
05-30-2004, 05:58 PM
Which player do you love the most at the moment. This "love" can be based on their actual persona or their on-court antics which are particularly admired.

05-30-2004, 06:00 PM
A poll would be better, but Marat Safin ;)

05-30-2004, 06:01 PM
Where's Roddick, I think he deserves to be here.

05-30-2004, 06:02 PM
that poll wasn't there when i hit reply.

You can tell I was so eager to post ;)

05-30-2004, 06:03 PM
Where's Federer?

Horatio Caine
05-30-2004, 06:09 PM
Where's Roddick, I think he deserves to be here.

People are always criticising Roddick so i didn't think he would be a good addition to the poll - but that is why the "other - please specify" box is there! :) Any names i have omitted, i am sorry.

05-30-2004, 06:19 PM
Roger Federer, because he knows how to admit defeat(as seen with his interview after the loss to Nadal and Kuerten), and never ever has he displayed/ployed "gamesmanship" of any kind.

05-30-2004, 06:34 PM
Olivier Rochus. :)

05-30-2004, 06:35 PM
Guga! :hearts:

05-30-2004, 06:36 PM
Marat Safin for me. Why? He is bringing intensity and antics to the men's game. They needed something to spice it up.

05-30-2004, 06:36 PM
From the pool: Guga :)

If not, Andy's always my first choice :)

05-30-2004, 06:38 PM
Jez, this thread doesn't count. Marat can't over take the "OTHER", who has all the qualities of Roger, Andy and all possible others. Together these guys have a greater fan base. But We can estimate even now, that MArat remains the most liked.

05-30-2004, 06:44 PM
Nicolas Kiefer :smooch:

others at the moment: Kuerten (just too good his win over Federer)
(and all in my signature, too :) )

Aleksa's Laydee
05-30-2004, 06:45 PM
jonas bjorkman hes so great

Guille's Girl
05-30-2004, 06:45 PM
How did Marat win this poll? I voted Guga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

05-30-2004, 07:03 PM
When you make a poll, make it a public one. Half of the people who have voted, didn't say who they voted for so what's the point then :confused:

Since it's safin hating night, make a new one and you'll see why marat always wins the polls ;)

05-30-2004, 07:54 PM
The number one is not in this poll ??? :eek:
I say Roger among the best players !

I was in Roland Garros yesterday and I can answer for the french crowd in general: Kuerten !!!

05-30-2004, 08:29 PM
Hmmm... betw Alex and Marat.

For other, Rogi, of course!

reasons: their tennis, their personality, their looks

05-30-2004, 08:30 PM
I just realized "at the moment" -- so why w Alex even be in this list?? interesante...

Tennis Fool
05-30-2004, 08:34 PM
Marat by a runaway margin :haha: :haha: :haha:

LeCeh, pay up :haha:

05-30-2004, 08:38 PM
Marat by a runaway margin :haha: :haha: :haha:

LeCeh, pay up :haha:
He's up against 6 named players and the whole world called "other". NIce.

05-30-2004, 08:46 PM
Fernando Gonzalez.

05-30-2004, 10:02 PM
love moya!!!!!

05-30-2004, 10:55 PM
Marat Safin, I consider his attitude and mental state a hiccup for this Roland Garros.

05-30-2004, 11:22 PM
MARAT SAFIN!!! for sure... =)))

little duck
05-30-2004, 11:35 PM
I am sorry not to see Roger here. He is my best loved player because of his style, appearance, atypical and intriguing personality and a bunch of anegdotes he can tell. To bad he yet didn't manage to impose himself enough to media and audiences, but he is BIG and beautifull player for the years to come.

The Marat Safin because he is so temperamental and tennis is so interesting and spicey with him. Roddick also because he is a very transparent and natural star. And Nalbandian, because he is so smart and plays with a lot of trick. I like the way he fights, same as I like that at Hewit's plays. And Henman, because he is a classy player and has that British ambassador-of-the-sport spirit.

05-30-2004, 11:56 PM
Based on the poll options i voted for marat safin.

but the players i really love at the moment are tommy haas, juan carlos ferrero, xavier malisse and gaston gaudio. Ü

05-31-2004, 12:12 AM

05-31-2004, 02:17 AM
Marat Safin... Just look at this French Open and this board, he is able to drive fans and anti-fans of his crazy.... lol

05-31-2004, 02:36 AM
Around the world i think Kuerten is the most loved.

05-31-2004, 09:09 AM

05-31-2004, 09:11 AM
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Marat Safin has the ability to polarize tennis crowds desperate for a male player who will prod their sense of right and wrong.


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Safin, Marat

French Open (Tennis)


Safin Goes From Earth to the Moon

Published: May 31, 2004


WELL-DESERVED raves were directed at Marat Safin after his dare-to-bare moment at Roland Garros on Thursday revealed a spontaneous character among the Stepford guys in the second round, but was this just one of his moon phases?

"I felt like pulling my pants down,'' Safin, the Chippendale Russian, said Friday. "What's bad about it?

"It's like, what, entertaining business. You try to make it fun.''

Then on Saturday, an entranced French Open crowd was thrilled to harass Safin when he called a Band-Aid break for blisters that happened to burst like Jiffy Pop at a tense point in his next match. But can Safin, the social smoker on the club scene, sustain the intrigue he has whipped up?

"You have to wake up and you have to run if you want to survive,'' said Safin, dripping drama after his five-set victory over Potito Starace.

The network that brought the world the soft-lens, sepia-toned Olympics was so tied to the Williams sisters' canned escapades that it couldn't provide more than a brief clip of Safin's matches, but should NBC become emotionally invested in a swinger with commitment issues?

Devotion to Marat Safin is truly complicated. He is an irascible, Technicolor talent who has the ability to polarize tennis crowds desperate for a men's player who will prod their sense of right and wrong.

Imagine what a perfect foe the self-involved Safin would be for the valiant Andy Roddick, who was last seen pulling a Dudley Doo-Right as he rescued hotel guests from a burning building in Rome. Imagine what a wonderful foil the temperamental Safin would be for the earnest Roger Federer, whose posse includes a pet cow named Juliette but neither an agent nor a coach on his current perch at No. 1.

Meanwhile, Safin is on his seventh coach and fifth entourage in the four years since he won the United States Open at age 20. After he prowled the Manhattan vodka circuit to celebrate his first, and only, major title, Safin ended as the No. 2-ranked player in 2000, fell to No. 11 in 2001, popped up to No. 3 in 2002, then plunged to No. 77 last year.

It's the progress chart for a bucket of crabs - scramble up, fall down, repeat. Over the past week, Safin has, once again, discovered resiliency in his adventures at the French Open.

"If he wants to be a champion again like he was,'' his latest coach, Peter Lundgren, said, "he has to have that even though he says to himself: 'I hate this game. I hate this and this and this.' "

The volatility of Safin ignites and defeats him while also fueling and fooling observers. The latest display of Safin's passion has prompted discussion of how amazing he is for the game, how quickly he could reach the kind of trans-Atlantic pop status of a Boris Becker or a Goran Ivanisevic.

It's not often you can say Pete Sampras was prophetic, but in 2000, he was the soothsayer who outlined Safin's future after Safin unleashed a string of backhand returns at his feet during the United States Open final.

"Safin could be No. 1 if he wants to do it,'' Sampras said at the time. "It's a decision you have to make about your life. You have to decide how much you want to be at the top of the game and deal with the pressures."

Safin can't make up his frazzled mind. That's the trouble with his crowd-pleasing unpredictability and the intrigue of his wild moods swings: it gives rise to his early-round exits.

How can he be good for the Tour when he isn't a regular part of it? Certainly, injuries have sabotaged his attempts at smoothing out the lurches in his career, but his uneven head has done more to harm his potential to be the Tour savior. Safin cannot be a rival for the Roddicks and Federers of the Tour if he doesn't advance far enough to meet them.

The bold act of Safin is only a peep show when he doesn't stick around long enough for an encore. His unabashed style cannot build a following when he doesn't have the legs to extend himself in a major.

This past week, fans have received a delicious taste of what life with Safin could be like. One day, he left them loving him for his moon shot. A match later, they were loathing him during Blistergate.

"You know I had to take time,'' said Safin, who gladly displayed his range of blisters after defeating Starace. "So why do I have to suffer to waste away the three hours that I've been running on the court and can't hit the backhand anymore? Why I cannot take the doctor?

"It was really sad for me that the people, they couldn't understand this simple things.''

It is never simple with Safin - a fact that makes him compelling and confounding and impossible to commit to.

05-31-2004, 09:16 AM
Juan Carlos Ferrero. His name not listed in the poll.

But anyhow, where is Roger, Roddick, Moya?????

05-31-2004, 10:27 AM
Juan Carlos Ferrero. His name not listed in the poll.

But anyhow, where is Roger, Roddick, Moya?????
That's what "other is for". Anyway this is a bad poll meant to dump Safin. If you want the real one, go a few pages back in GM thread.

05-31-2004, 10:31 AM
Rogi Federer,he is a sweet-heart, have met him for the first time in 2000 and ever since he's been nothing but sweet to me. I really adore this guy :worship:

05-31-2004, 01:43 PM
Of the guys listed, I've chosen Goran!
The guy cracks me up ;) But seriously, it should have been 'other'... Jurgen, Jonas, Alexander, Jarkko, etc...

i love paradorn
05-31-2004, 03:57 PM
I love...

05-31-2004, 04:20 PM
Roger Federer I love his game, he's a great player. But there are many other players I like.

Ferrero Forever
07-10-2004, 10:18 AM
do i have to even say who? if you don't know, look at my username

07-10-2004, 10:49 PM
The player I absolutely LOVE is Mario Ancic he is just the maximum I admire him as a tennis player and also as a wonderful human being.

Good Luck to him on all his matches I sure hope he wins (he always gives his all in every match.) :inlove:

07-10-2004, 11:21 PM
It still has to be Tim Henman for me ;)

07-10-2004, 11:50 PM
Other - Andy! His smile is so cute.
GUGA has also nice smile.

07-11-2004, 12:19 AM
No love for Younes? :crying2:

07-11-2004, 12:33 AM
No love for Younes? :crying2:

The collective tennis memory has evidently misplaced him, but then he's only played 1(?) tournament this year so it's hardly surprising.

And even given the obvious attributes of his personality and game, I consider him a rank underachiever. He never won a TMS. :eek:

Mr. Nice Guy gets little love from the hardened tennis fan.

07-11-2004, 01:05 AM
for me: Federer, then Safin, Mirnyi, Guga...

07-11-2004, 11:01 AM

Ferrero Forever
07-11-2004, 11:01 AM
u rule alan

07-11-2004, 11:46 AM

07-11-2004, 11:55 AM
From a personal point of view, it has to be David - he is definately my most loved player. But from an objective viewpoint I would say Guga is the "most loved" player all over the world - he certainly seems to have armies of fans wherever he goes. And on this board - guess Marat will win :)

07-11-2004, 12:08 PM
where's ferrero, federer, moya...
for me: according to me avatar...Ferrero

07-11-2004, 12:32 PM
Hmmm its always a tie between Andy and Xavier for me. Well, usually a tie anyway.

07-11-2004, 06:52 PM
at the moment, i'm all about Coria :p

07-11-2004, 08:25 PM loved in all sides!!!!!!!!

07-11-2004, 10:01 PM
At the moment its Ferrero, no question.

But i think generally its probably Marat in terms of popularity.

07-12-2004, 12:16 AM

07-12-2004, 05:39 AM

07-12-2004, 05:53 AM
Tommy Robredo is still my fav player :) But I also have a new player I really like: Guillermo Garcia Lopez :)

07-12-2004, 06:19 AM
For most fans: Game, Set & Match - Juan Carlos Ferrero
For people who like tennis generally : Roger Federer

My picks - Ferrero and Guga tied.

Ferrero Forever
07-12-2004, 08:13 AM
glad to see so many people like ferrero

07-12-2004, 09:10 AM
How did Marat win this poll? I voted Guga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He wil;l win any poll anytime. This thread was started specifiacally to prove this (after the RG blister break)

07-12-2004, 10:02 AM
He does win every poll.. It's frightening :eek: ;)