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Is there a player who you would like to have as your child's role model?

sawan66278
02-03-2008, 06:09 PM
As Charles Barkley has stated, parent, not athletes, are role models. However, let's face it: children today look up to celebrities: athletes, musicians, etc. Of the current players playing the men's game today, who would you "prop up" as a role model for your children?

Captain of the Egoprise? The world #1? Almost, but not quite. Would you want your child to be constantly looking in the mirror?

Dr. No? The world #2? Humble off the court, but would like your child to be "vamosing" after cutting off a senior citizen on the highway?

The Fresh Prince of Hot Air? The world #3? Would you like your son or daughter bragging that they will one day become a better parent than YOU?

Who is there left?

Is there anyone?

Kitty de Sade
02-03-2008, 06:11 PM
I don't have/want children, but if I did- I'd want them to take their cues from Zabaleta. He's fun, doesn't take things too seriously, and is an all around good person. :hatoff:

Stgobaiano
02-03-2008, 06:20 PM
Marat Safin-David Nalbandian-Juan Pablo Brzezicki-Gustavo Kuerten-Carlos Moya

partygirl
02-03-2008, 06:31 PM
The Fed.:angel:

WatchOut
02-03-2008, 06:34 PM
I would lik that my child could throw his/her racquets like Safin. :lol:

I'll have to wait some time for my child though, so might get new ideas ;)

G4.
02-03-2008, 06:36 PM
Koellerer

JimmyV
02-03-2008, 07:28 PM
Spadea.

Corey Feldman
02-03-2008, 07:42 PM
Any top3/ GS champion player

so he/she will be rich and look after the old man and do him proud :p

Beforehand
02-03-2008, 08:21 PM
The world #2? Humble off the court, but would like your child to be "vamosing" after cutting off a senior citizen on the highway?
:spit: :worship:

Too big.

Corey Feldman
02-03-2008, 08:35 PM
The Fresh Prince of Hot Air, another Sawan special right of the conveyor belt ;)

cobalt60
02-03-2008, 08:37 PM
^^ :rolls:
I don't want my kids to look up to any tennis player as a role model.

Scotso
02-03-2008, 09:45 PM
Paul Goldstein, Dudi Sela, a few others.

Allure
02-03-2008, 09:51 PM
Djokovic for sure. Just look at the values his parents instilled in him. They can do no wrong.

NicoFan
02-03-2008, 10:32 PM
If I had kids, they could root who they wanted to root for. Kids values are instilled in them through their families. They can learn things from athletes - the ability to work hard to become one of the best, to work as a team (in team sports), to overcome obstacles, etc. - but for the things people are referring to here - behavior - that's learned at home. And I don't want to isolate my kids - I want them to go out into the world, be able to judge between the good and the bad, but at the same time, not to be judgmental. No one is 100% perfect.

elessar
02-03-2008, 11:07 PM
Nadal so that they learn that nothing in life is easy :angel:

Sunset of Age
02-03-2008, 11:24 PM
I never wanted to have kids because I fear they'd choose Vince Spadea. :angel:

partygirl
02-03-2008, 11:51 PM
Roddick, because then my kid would know to "stay in school" and avoid becoming a chair umpire at a grand slam.:spit:

^^ :rolls:
I don't want my kids to look up to any tennis player as a role model.Cause they already have great ones.:hearts:

Hrastar
02-03-2008, 11:51 PM
I would like my children to be relaxed and cheerfull...with smile on their face when facing trouble :)

for example Marcos Baghdatis(remember his smile when he faced MP against Llegs?) :worship:

cobalt60
02-03-2008, 11:57 PM
:spit:

Cause they already have great ones.:hearts:

You are a sweetie; so thanks;) They have other role models thankfully but since the question asked about "tennis" players ( I assumed) my answer is still no :lol: On the other hand playing sports themselves either alone or on a team, being involved in school projects with others be it science or liberal arts, and yes doing stuff with their family and friends is way more important;) But I digress:p

Kolya
02-04-2008, 12:01 AM
Davydenko.

Teach the kids how to not get caught.

didadida
02-04-2008, 12:01 AM
Federer

~*BGT*~
02-04-2008, 12:23 AM
Blake... education first :yeah: Even if it's for just 2 years :rolls:

Kolya
02-04-2008, 12:32 AM
Blake... education first :yeah: Even if it's for just 2 years :rolls:

Teach em to drop out.

Okonsky
02-04-2008, 01:11 AM
The Fed.:angel:

Sorry, I wanna child not mashine.

Rommella
02-04-2008, 07:55 AM
Roger "it's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice" Federer.

HNCS
02-04-2008, 08:15 AM
FEEEEDDDDDDD YAY i mean i'm a semi-kid *cough cough* and i look up to him. :D

helgagonzalez
02-04-2008, 08:18 AM
Nadal, of course! So my child will know the value of hardwork, perseverance, respect, discipline and all that stuff that make Nadal a great sportsman/tennis player. :)

VolandriFan
02-04-2008, 08:19 AM
It's easy to be nice when winning. So I'd say someone like Willy sets a good example of sportsmanship. Always warm to his opponent at the net.

Otherwise, Juan Carlos has tremendous character. Intelligent, hard working, kind, determined, sensible, tactful, reflective.

Action Jackson
02-04-2008, 08:20 AM
No.

Castafiore
02-04-2008, 08:24 AM
I don't think that I would ever take a famous person as a role model for a child and I'm not that keen on picking one particular role model anyway but if I did, it would be somebody closer to home, somebody this child could actually meet regularly and talk with.

JediFed
02-04-2008, 08:56 AM
Santoro.

1. Make the most of your talents.
2. It's ok to be different
3. Whatever you do, make sure you have fun with it.
4. Study and prepare.

There are so many things I like about Santoro and his attitude that I would love my kids to have. As much as I like Fed's class and attitude, I like how Santoro has made so much out of the talent he has. I love how he plays his own game, not what others are doing.

"Sampras, because it's important to know that it doesn't matter if people call you "too boring" or "too quiet" or "too introverted" as long as you bring the goods when you compete"

Yes, having a quiet personality is NOT a fault!

Ferrero Forever
02-04-2008, 09:08 AM
If I had a son, I'd want him to take after:

- Henin, because it's important to know that presumed disadvantages mean nothing if you're able to bring the most out of your talents;

- Sampras, because it's important to know that it doesn't matter if people call you "too boring" or "too quiet" or "too introverted" as long as you bring the goods when you compete (cf. Henin);

- Safin, because it's important to know how to display your anger in a way that manages to keep everyone in love with you; and

- :bowdown: Dulko, because it's important to know how to bag guys like Verdasco, Robredo, and Gonzalez. :worship:

In all seriousness though, if I had kids and I was looking for good "celebrity" role models for them, I'd be looking at Carl Sagan, Ralph Nader, Jane Goodall, Mother Jones, and Rachel Carson - not tennis players.

:worship: Hillarious yet again

Yet I agree about Dulko. If I had a daughter, then yes look up to Dulko. I wouldn't mind if she brought guys like that home.

But in all seriousness, I'd say Federer. As much as I like Rafa, I'd be too worried that Nadal would inspire my children to pick their butt in public.

Hunny
02-04-2008, 10:25 AM
Roger:D

Johnny Groove
02-04-2008, 10:40 AM
Nalbandian.

I want my kids to know the value of hard work, perserverance, staying in shape, trying your best, and always giving it your all

ginnylegend
02-04-2008, 10:50 AM
Tarango

martine2
02-04-2008, 12:24 PM
No kids so I don't have to worry about this :p

Voo de Mar
02-04-2008, 12:29 PM
I don't want to have a kid :p

sawan66278
02-04-2008, 02:18 PM
Nalbandian.

I want my kids to know the value of hard work, perserverance, staying in shape, trying your best, and always giving it your all

Actually, he would be a perfect role model if you wanted your child to understand the importance of food.:devil:

dkw
02-04-2008, 04:07 PM
Hot Lips of course b/c my child should know > everything can be conquered!!!

anutam
02-04-2008, 07:22 PM
ROGER FEDERER
"It's nice to be important but more important to be nice"

GustavoM_Fan
02-04-2008, 07:25 PM
marcaccio

Heavenseventeen
02-04-2008, 08:22 PM
If I had kids, they could root who they wanted to root for. Kids values are instilled in them through their families. They can learn things from athletes - the ability to work hard to become one of the best, to work as a team (in team sports), to overcome obstacles, etc. - but for the things people are referring to here - behavior - that's learned at home. And I don't want to isolate my kids - I want them to go out into the world, be able to judge between the good and the bad, but at the same time, not to be judgmental. No one is 100% perfect.

I agree. I guess my fav male player Nadal would be the closest because of his hard work and dedication. Then again continuing on even when he's seriously hurt isn't something I'd want to teach my kids. None of them are perfect.

Not only would he be my child's role model, but also my child's father.

Merton
02-04-2008, 08:45 PM
Hopefully, no specific role models but if they have, hopefully not tennis players, or any sports professionals for that matter.

Okonsky
02-04-2008, 08:56 PM
I'd rather them look up to real role models/legends like Nelson Mandela than someone like Djokovic!

Stealed from Miss World speach....barf...

Okonsky
02-04-2008, 08:59 PM
Nadal, of course! So my child will know the value of hardwork, perseverance, respect, discipline and all that stuff that make Nadal a great sportsman/tennis player. :)

Well, child with no brain? Interesting!

safinalium
02-04-2008, 09:01 PM
This is an interesting question. :) It's true that the biggest part of the character of a child is build at home but I think that the environment (friends, school) and celebrities are also a factor. Of course, not to a such great degree but they still can influence the behavior of a child greatly.

I'll choose, first, James Blake. He seems to be really mannerly and respectful. This isn't always good in tennis but in life these are valuable qualities.
Also, Marat Safin. He's always himself (for the good or bad) and lives according to his own convictions not what is being imposed by the others. This is another thing which I would want my child to have. ;)

JediFed
02-04-2008, 09:08 PM
Stealed from Miss World speach....barf...


:lol:

I don't get what's wrong with having sports players be role models. Sure, none of them are perfect, but honestly no one is that way.

Certainly not Nelson Mandela either. I don't see why idolising a tennis star is more harmful then idolising Nelson Mandela.

partygirl
02-04-2008, 09:19 PM
Sorry, I wanna child not mashine.Rude.

Deivid23
02-04-2008, 09:24 PM
No, thanks

elessar
02-04-2008, 10:12 PM
Stealed from Miss World speach....barf...

What's wrong with you, seriously you've been posting crap and been called on it for the past hour, don't you think it's time you start to think before you post ? Of course Mandela would be a better role model than Djokovic or the majority of athletes...

josie
02-04-2008, 11:19 PM
Originally Posted by helgagonzalez
Nadal, of course! So my child will know the value of hardwork, perseverance, respect, discipline and all that stuff that make Nadal a great sportsman/tennis player.
Well, child with no brain? Interesting!

read your last three four post on several Thread
I notice you have a very big brain :eek:
congratulate :worship:
Pity Rafa have not your brain (thanks God :worship:)

The Freak
02-05-2008, 12:00 AM
Baghdatis and Blake are up there.

StevoTG
02-05-2008, 01:48 AM
I don't have kids and am not planning on becoming a father anytime soon but if I were then I would like he/she or them to see (1)Nadal, Moya, Baghdatis, Santoro, Sampras, Hewitt, Henman, Leconte and Peter Fleming as role models from the tennis world... as well as a few others.

sawan66278
02-05-2008, 01:56 AM
If a player past or present were the option, then I would HAVE to go with Arthur Ashe...by far.

Sunset of Age
02-05-2008, 02:01 AM
^^ well, should I've ever wanted to have kids in the first place, that wouldn't be a bad choice, indeed.

Arthur Ashe! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Farenhajt
02-05-2008, 02:09 AM
The Fresh Prince of Hot Air? The world #3? Would you like your son or daughter bragging that they will one day become a better parent than YOU?

The whole exact point of parenting is to enable your children to become better people (therefore better parents too) than yourself. Only self-infatuated egomaniacs want to produce little carbon copies of themselves.

(I'm already imagining: "Milk... Milk, I said!"...)

JediFed
02-05-2008, 03:27 AM
What's wrong with you, seriously you've been posting crap and been called on it for the past hour, don't you think it's time you start to think before you post ? Of course Mandela would be a better role model than Djokovic or the majority of athletes...


How so? I was unaware of either his proclivity for raising children or his pending sainthood.

Young Boss
02-05-2008, 03:59 AM
i'd teach my children to learn from everybody b/c you can learn from anything. To look at the good, the bad, strengths, weaknesses, what to do, and what not to do etc, and to learn from all of it.

AsianSensation
02-05-2008, 05:48 AM
Sexy Stepanek and Ice Ice Vinnay. Killer combination of fashion sense and looks :yeah:

sawan66278
02-05-2008, 02:44 PM
Only self-infatuated egomaniacs want to produce little carbon copies of themselves.

Exactly.;) Glad to see you are able to see the top three players as they truly are.;)

Okonsky
02-05-2008, 07:57 PM
How so? I was unaware of either his proclivity for raising children or his pending sainthood.

Agree no more. Mandela role model????

Okonsky
02-05-2008, 08:04 PM
What's wrong with you, seriously you've been posting crap and been called on it for the past hour, don't you think it's time you start to think before you post ? Of course Mandela would be a better role model than Djokovic or the majority of athletes...

What's wrong with you? Mandela and any sportsman? Why, for what would Mandela be anybody's role model? It is so silly for me (and a little bit a sick).

Novak, Fed, Nadal, Nalbandian, whoever is way better role model.

Mandela!!! My (sister in low).

ArgieFan
02-05-2008, 10:21 PM
I'd say Andy Roddick...it seems like a nice guy.

Merton
02-05-2008, 11:28 PM
What's wrong with you? Mandela and any sportsman? Why, for what would Mandela be anybody's role model? It is so silly for me (and a little bit a sick).

Novak, Fed, Nadal, Nalbandian, whoever is way better role model.

Mandela!!! My (sister in low).

Perhaps because Mandela pursued an ideal (equal civil rights for the black majority relative to the white minority in South Africa) at great personal cost to himself? Perhaps because he managed the (still ongoing) transition of his country peacefully?

Novak, Fed, Nadal, Nalbandian were all good at hitting a round ball with an instrument keeping it at a certain space. They obviously liked it when they were young and they were so good at that that they managed to become professionals, at a great benefit to themselves. Good for them.

scarecrows
02-05-2008, 11:32 PM
What's wrong with you? Mandela and any sportsman? Why, for what would Mandela be anybody's role model? It is so silly for me (and a little bit a sick).

Novak, Fed, Nadal, Nalbandian, whoever is way better role model.

Mandela!!! My (sister in low).

http://content.ytmnd.com/content/a/d/9/ad9da3fbbf30d946a312ea71e3221722.gif

elessar
02-05-2008, 11:36 PM
How so? I was unaware of either his proclivity for raising children or his pending sainthood.

Agree no more. Mandela role model????

Perhaps because of his fight against apartheid, the way he never tried to get revenge even though he spent 30 years in prison during which members of his family were killed, or perhaps the fact that he's a nobel prize winner, yeah I know those accomplishments pale in the face of a GS title. Granted the man isn't a saint and probably did some not so great stuffs while fighting apartheid but he's never tried to shy from the responsability.

I'm sorry if I sound too sarcastic but someone who lives by this "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." is someone I would want my kids to follow rather than a tennis player

Okonsky
02-05-2008, 11:45 PM
http://content.ytmnd.com/content/a/d/9/ad9da3fbbf30d946a312ea71e3221722.gif

Another Miss World speach? Get real, Mandela is great man but, even so, I don't wanna him to be role model for my sons. Luckilly, he isn't.

Sunset of Age
02-06-2008, 12:00 AM
Perhaps because of his fight against apartheid, the way he never tried to get revenge even though he spent 30 years in prison during which members of his family were killed, or perhaps the fact that he's a nobel prize winner, yeah I know those accomplishments pale in the face of a GS title. Granted the man isn't a saint and probably did some not so great stuffs while fighting apartheid but he's never tried to shy from the responsability.

I'm sorry if I sound too sarcastic but someone who lives by this "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." is someone I would want my kids to follow rather than a tennis player

Great post! :yeah:

Merton
02-06-2008, 12:09 AM
Manon is definitely a worthy canddate for one of the top seeds in the ACC, we might need to start the nominating thread too early this year.

GonzoFed
02-06-2008, 12:10 AM
Another Miss World speach? Get real, Mandela is great man but, even so, I don't wanna him to be role model for my sons. Luckilly, he isn't.

Do you know the meaning of the expression "SHUT THE FUCK UP"? I'm seriously asking.

sawan66278
02-06-2008, 12:54 AM
Perhaps because Mandela pursued an ideal (equal civil rights for the black majority relative to the white minority in South Africa) at great personal cost to himself? Perhaps because he managed the (still ongoing) transition of his country peacefully?

Novak, Fed, Nadal, Nalbandian were all good at hitting a round ball with an instrument keeping it at a certain space. They obviously liked it when they were young and they were so good at that that they managed to become professionals, at a great benefit to themselves. Good for them.

Perhaps because of his fight against apartheid, the way he never tried to get revenge even though he spent 30 years in prison during which members of his family were killed, or perhaps the fact that he's a nobel prize winner, yeah I know those accomplishments pale in the face of a GS title. Granted the man isn't a saint and probably did some not so great stuffs while fighting apartheid but he's never tried to shy from the responsability.

I'm sorry if I sound too sarcastic but someone who lives by this "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." is someone I would want my kids to follow rather than a tennis player

Merton, well said. And Elessar, nothing less than I would expect from the King of Gondor.:yeah:

Okonsky
02-06-2008, 12:59 AM
Do you know the meaning of the expression "SHUT THE FUCK UP"? I'm seriously asking.

Yes, I know very well. I'm seriously answering. Did I offend you?

GonzoFed
02-06-2008, 01:21 AM
Yes, I know very well. I'm seriously answering. Did I offend you?

No. You are very good for my self esteem. So unless you are a really lousy lip reader, you should be able to understand very well scarecrows' "message".

Bascule
02-06-2008, 01:21 AM
OMG, for the moment I thought I was on WTF.
You're becoming too emotional, guys, and that's bad for ten.
Did Sawan asked: Is there a player who you would like to have as your child's role model?

sawan66278
02-06-2008, 01:37 AM
OMG, for the moment I thought I was on WTF.
You're becoming too emotional, guys, and that's bad for ten.
Did Sawan asked: Is there a player who you would like to have as your child's role model?

Exactly, Bascule. I don't know how the discussion went down the road it did. By the way, how about Carlos Moya? Or David Ferrer?

Bascule
02-06-2008, 02:25 AM
Exactly, Bascule. I don't know how the discussion went down the road it did. By the way, how about Carlos Moya? Or David Ferrer?

Moya, good choice!