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2008 MTF Bandwagon Player of the Year is Gilles Simon

Action Jackson
12-12-2008, 10:48 AM
January Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
February Kei Nishikori
March The decline of Roger Federer
April The return of Rafael Nadal
May Captain Robby Ginepri and the resurgance of American clay tennis
June Ernests Gulbis
July Rafael Nadal aka now the Goat
August Juan Martin del Potro
September Juan Martin del Potro
October/Nov Gilles Simon

These are the monthly award winners for 2008, but as for who will be the bandwagon player of the year.

There are some good candidates.

- del Potro, he was written off as a wasted talent, but the only player to win the award for consecutive months.

- Simon who apart from Truc, Scotso and his family had about 10 fans on this board, now he is loved.

- Federer written off as rubbish and then the collective cocksucking after he won the US Open.

- The usual Nadal grandstanding once he got on the clay and then later thinking he is the greatest of all time.

- Andy Murray while not winning the bandwagon title had solid support during the year.

- Tsonga had huge momentum after the AO and also after Bercy, but when injured forgotten about.

Snoo Foo
12-12-2008, 10:57 AM
shit I didn't read all the names.

Aurora
12-12-2008, 11:17 AM
Gulbis is (almost) winning the favourite of MTF contest -> this bandwagon seems to be stick, it will be a while before everybody jumps off again.

Simon is gathering big too, but he had big results to defend them, wtf has Gulbis? But I do think alot will jump off the minute Gilles gets just a little bit out of the picture.

The Naderer bandwagons have been around for years and will only continue. It's just an annual subject to chat about. The Murray one is just new -tard and -hater groups greasing up for the big fights as soon as he gathers a slam. Not interesting.

so yeah, vote for Simon. I'm on the bandwagon and will try to stay on it - not a solid promise though ;)

Bernard Black
12-12-2008, 11:22 AM
I was torn between Murray and Del Potro for this one.

Murray has gained a lot of support and expectation, but then again he is number 4 in the world and has reached a slam final. I think seeing him as a slam contender isn't over-rating him and I don't know many people who honestly see him as a better player than Nadal, Federer or Djokovic. In hindsight, he's not great bandwagon material and this is reflected in the fact that he hasn't won a monthly award.

Del Potro on the otherhand is seen as a major contender for slams with no big win to back up this claim. Again, he was expected to stand up to the pressure and help Argentina win the Davis Cup when he's still a kid and was always likely to crumble. I've even heard fans talking of him schooling Nadal on clay if they met. It's ridiculous talk.

Del Potro gets my vote simply for being massively over-rated at this moment in time.

finishingmove
12-12-2008, 12:14 PM
the decline

chewy
12-12-2008, 12:41 PM
Nishi! one of the new blood and hope for asian tennis :rocker2:

Björki
12-12-2008, 01:09 PM
Simon

BigJohn
12-12-2008, 05:33 PM
Simon.

Frenchmen... They come and they go, moving around in the top 100, sometimes they have stints in the top ten, sometimes they do well in a grand slam or a TMS. But Simon, like the rest of the French squad, will remain an also ran, that seems obvious enough.

TankingTheSet
12-12-2008, 05:36 PM
Chris 'the Gooch' Guccione

Igaarg
12-12-2008, 06:22 PM
I can´t decide yet, recently it´s between Murray and Simon I think, and in the beggining of the year, Federer declining vs. Nadal "the goat".

Vida
12-12-2008, 08:47 PM
yeah, Im under the impression its the story of Feds demise. Im mean its only natural, guy is so full of himself everybody were jumping with joy... lol.

Oddly, Murray bandwagon didn't really skyrocket, despite convincing results in the second part of the season.

GlennMirnyi
12-12-2008, 08:49 PM
Simon.

It's unbelievable how that guy with absolutely no game has so many fans.

KarlyM
12-12-2008, 08:59 PM
This is easy - Gulbis.

I don't hate him, but the way he gets talked about around here you would think he won a bunch of Masters titles this year. The kid has 0 titles -- in fact he only has 1 career ATP Semifinal (St. Petersburg 2006). :scratch:

Caio_Brasil
12-12-2008, 09:00 PM
Should be Gulbis, as he is jumping ahead of Safin (:eek:) at the favourite player contest.

Clara Bow
12-12-2008, 09:05 PM
I voted for JMdP because his little bandwagon has seen a lot of hopping action- on and off, on and off.

At the start of the year he was largely thought of as an overrated scrub.

Then he had some good tournaments- and he could be a darkhorse for the USO.

Then he lost to Murray and he reached scrub status again.

Then he won two rubbers in the DC semis- and he was great again.

Then he did not do so well at some tournaments- and of course the DC fiasco. So now he is an overrated scrub again who will never amount to anything.

Allez
12-12-2008, 09:38 PM
I voted for Barack Obama because he will bring changes to men's tennis that all of us can believe in.

ChinoRios4Ever
12-13-2008, 12:59 AM
G. Simon

fast_clay
12-13-2008, 04:50 AM
simon

Venle
12-13-2008, 11:00 AM
Simon

TheMuzz
12-15-2008, 11:24 AM
Simon

Action Jackson
12-15-2008, 11:28 AM
Gilles Simon and del Potro are in front at the moment and that's understandable.

Machiavelli
12-15-2008, 01:42 PM
Simon by a mile;

From guys like Del Potro or Tsonga you could have expected some nice wins, but Gilles Simon, no way, surely the bandwagon player of the year, this dude had no-one cheering for him (maybe some french members) untill he came out of nowhere

PiggyGotRoasted
12-15-2008, 01:47 PM
Nenad Zimonjic

alfonsojose
12-15-2008, 02:11 PM
Clownga, or TsonGod for his fans :lol:

Mateya
12-15-2008, 02:13 PM
-GILLES!
I was one of the lonely fans before this year (you could see him in my "gang" between Chela and Seppi) and I become a tard this autumn (the colourful Gilles in the sig ;) )

- JMDP (considered as choker and overrated, until this summer when he exploded on hard courts)

- Tsonga (I will never forget that crazy house and his bandwagon
this january&february)

reggie1
12-15-2008, 03:36 PM
Simon!

DartMarcus
12-15-2008, 03:46 PM
Gaudio.

Bascule
12-15-2008, 06:16 PM
Simon, Tsonga, Gulbis, Del Pony, Muzza, by this order...but most of all Nadal...as it is always with someone becoming no.1.

sammy01
12-15-2008, 06:19 PM
i like simon but his season feels like ferrers a couple of years ago, not sure how long he can keep winning big matches up. i guess i've jumped on his bandwagon cus i'd class myself as a fan now but don't think i'll jump off even if he slips in the rankings.

of the list gulbis it is, hes done very little to warrent such hype.

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2008, 10:20 AM
Tsonga.

Albop
12-16-2008, 12:53 PM
Gulbis

He has done nothing in his carrer and is one of the favourites players in MTF :o

Tommy fan
12-17-2008, 05:31 PM
Del Potro.

Bilbo
12-17-2008, 05:38 PM
J. del Potro

LinkMage
12-17-2008, 06:32 PM
Tsonga

Action Jackson
12-23-2008, 11:08 AM
Too bad Tsonga wasn't fit for the whole season, because he definitely had some big momentum.

oranges
12-23-2008, 01:10 PM
Gulbis

He has done nothing in his carrer and is one of the favourites players in MTF :o

That's sort of the opposite of bandwagonning - people like him when he's not winning too. BTW, GS QF is hardly achieved nothing, ask Blake.

Psichogauchovna
12-23-2008, 01:22 PM
JMDP and Simon

Action Jackson
12-25-2008, 09:58 AM
That's sort of the opposite of bandwagonning - people like him when he's not winning too. BTW, GS QF is hardly achieved nothing, ask Blake.

Simple Simon has never got past the 3rd round of a Slam, but he did beat Fed and Nadal in the same season.

opeth84
12-25-2008, 11:23 AM
Simon.

It's unbelievable how that guy with absolutely no game has so many fans.

I think it's more unbelievable that a player with no game could beat the best in the world on more then one occasion.

Action Jackson
12-26-2008, 12:08 PM
I think it's more unbelievable that a player with no game could beat the best in the world on more then one occasion.

I am just doing the tallying for the MTF fave players of 2008 and the final results will be done later on Saturday and this Simon has had a huge increase.

*snowflake*
12-26-2008, 02:55 PM
1) Simon - Irrelevant player at the beggining of the year and now everyone's favorite
2) Tsonga - IMO bandwagoners (in general, not this board) killed his appeal and made a theatrical attention hungry monster
3) Gulbis - No real results, shines from time to time and rides off of the potential and boyish charm

Action Jackson
12-28-2008, 06:34 AM
1) Simon - Irrelevant player at the beggining of the year and now everyone's favorite
2) Tsonga - IMO bandwagoners (in general, not this board) killed his appeal and made a theatrical attention hungry monster
3) Gulbis - No real results, shines from time to time and rides off of the potential and boyish charm

Just looked through the thread of the Most Favourite Players. Simon has got into the top 30, yet in March he was #100.

Action Jackson
01-06-2009, 06:23 AM
del Potro couldn't come through when it counted, like last year the recent monthly winner became the yearly winner, except in 2006 with Tursunov.

Gilles Simon has won the MTF Bandwagon Player of the Year for 2008. It's a fair call, considering where he came from at the start of the season.

He had very few fans Truc, Snowwy, Scotso being the main ones and also another good indicator is the Most Favourite player award. In March he was ranked #100 and he finished top 30 by the end of the season.

Beating Federer twice and Nadal definitely didn't hurt his case. Lets see if he can make a Slam 4th round.

reggie1
01-06-2009, 09:23 AM
Never in doubt that Simon would win this one. He's everybody's new favourite and just seemed to come out of nowhere this summer.