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Who's the most cordial and nicest player

Carolinita
10-19-2004, 09:41 PM
Who's the most cordial and nicest player?...what do you think?

Gigan
10-19-2004, 09:46 PM
Who's the most cordial and nicest player?...what do you think?
Where is David Nalbandian in your list?
He is one of the most cordial and nicest player ....


Damn.. where is your list? Vanished?
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Carolinita
10-19-2004, 10:07 PM
Yeah....I prefer that you choose the nicest player...but of course I have my candidates: Federer, Corretja, Moyà and Agassi...and I don't know how cordial is David but I think he must be a great guy :yeah:

maratski
10-19-2004, 10:08 PM
Corretja gets my vote after Pat retired.

Carolinita
10-19-2004, 10:18 PM
Ahh..and I forgot ...Marcelo Ríos :lol::lol:..it's a joke :devil:

TennisLurker
10-19-2004, 10:20 PM
Novak

Chloe le Bopper
10-19-2004, 10:31 PM
Max! Younes!

tennisguru
10-19-2004, 11:40 PM
No doubt, Paradon Srichapan (Has also won atp award for the same)

RonE
10-20-2004, 12:37 AM
I think Martin (who is now retired) and Corretja top that list. Then again, this is just what I've heard, never met either of them so I can't really judge for myself.

From what I've heard Federer and Moya are also definitely up there :yeah:

MisterQ
10-20-2004, 12:40 AM
Federer, El Aynaoui, and T. Martin have good reputations in this regard.

Fergie
10-20-2004, 12:42 AM
Coria :tape: :devil:

I think that Roger, Martin and Corretja ;)

Deboogle!.
10-20-2004, 01:22 AM
I can only go by players I've seen in person to see how they really act to fans and stuff and the nicest ones I've seen (by far, really...) are Todd Martin and James Blake. Todd is especially nice to little kids, that gets him high marks in my book :)

MisterQ
10-20-2004, 01:45 AM
I forgot about Blake. Yes, he seems quite cordial.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2004, 01:53 AM
when I saw him he lost a really really tough match, a tight three-setter where he had his chances, he was so upset at the end of the match and really emotionally into it but afterwards on his way out he signed EVERY SINGLE autograph for the kids who were asking. That really floored me. Been a huge fan ever since:D

loner1984
10-20-2004, 02:22 AM
when I saw him he lost a really really tough match, a tight three-setter where he had his chances, he was so upset at the end of the match and really emotionally into it but afterwards on his way out he signed EVERY SINGLE autograph for the kids who were asking. That really floored me. Been a huge fan ever since:D

Wow...what a remarkable story Debstah, that puts Blake in my good book now. Although I've never met my favorite player Paradorn, from what I have read and seen, he seems to be very polite, sportsmanlike and courteous. Winner of 2 Stefan Edberg sportsmanship awards too.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2004, 02:30 AM
Glad you appreciated it :) I mean.. James looked like he was gonna cry after losing the match, but he was still signing the autographs for the kids. I was just really :eek:

I haven't seen Paradorn live either, but he definitely seems like a good guy, and he does so much for tennis in Asia, that's very impressive and shows his character:)

Billabong
10-20-2004, 02:41 AM
Guga and Rogi:worship:!

Domino
10-20-2004, 02:59 AM
Tarango...

Chloe le Bopper
10-20-2004, 03:06 AM
I was basing my response on players that I've seen after a match, after practice, around the venue, etc. I never make a point of talking to them myself, but Max and Younes have been seemed lovely in that respect. Of course, everybody has bad days, I just haven't seen either of those two on a bad day.

I'm sure that lots of others could have been mentioned, they were just the first two to mind.

The higher ranked and more famous you are the harder it is to come across as "nice", in a sense. That is, Andre could never sign for everybody and few will get a chance to speak to him one on one, simply because the demand for him is far too great. I'm sure he's swell and all, I will just never see it. Pretty much the same goes for Andy, although I can remember him "before he was famous".

Fee
10-20-2004, 03:13 AM
From personal experience: Paradorn, James Blake, Todd Martin, "Fan-Michael Gambill" and Graydon Oliver (usually, but he can be very withdrawn sometimes).

I've heard from trusted sources: Younes, Sargisian.

There's more, but that's just off the top of my head. Didn't we do this question before?

Deboogle!.
10-20-2004, 03:14 AM
probably, Fee, but I'd rather see a repeat thread that talks positively about players than most of the junk on here :)

lizabeth..*
10-20-2004, 03:14 AM
Hmmm.....Corretja, Moya, Safin.....Blake, Ferrero seems pretty nice too.

lizabeth..*
10-20-2004, 03:18 AM
From personal experience: Paradorn, James Blake, Todd Martin, "Fan-Michael Gambill" and Graydon Oliver (usually, but he can be very withdrawn sometimes).

I've heard from trusted sources: Younes, Sargisian.

There's more, but that's just off the top of my head. Didn't we do this question before?

Ohh yes, how could I forget Graydon...he is a very nice guy..!! :)

mitalidas
10-20-2004, 03:52 AM
Roger, Tim, roddick, al-anyoui (how do you spell the name), mardy

Least friendly: grusedski, and I must draw in a WTA --justine (even though I love her game, she is mean to many fans)

Carolinita
10-20-2004, 04:16 AM
Yeah....Mardy Fish is really nice too...he's...how to say it...smiling! :D

Carolinita
10-20-2004, 04:28 AM
And Moyà (well I like him very much)...btw: I have observed that he never throws the towel to the ballboys; he returns it to them in the hand ...so cute :angel:

Deboogle!.
10-20-2004, 05:27 AM
mardy


Only when he wins, though... when he wins and in his practices and stuff, he's very nice. He came into the stadium to watch one of Blake's singles matches one day and was a couple rows in front of me and a few people came up to him for autographs and whatnot and he was very cordial to everyone. But he's bitchy when he loses lol

I've only been to a couple of very small tournies and both in the US so the only sort of "big superstar" player I've seen in person is Andy, and he's very nice to all the fans, it's just a lot harder for him. At both tourneys he would practice on the most secluded practice courts otherwise he couldn't even really concentrate. One day in Houston when the match on the main court was boring I think there were more people leaning over the side watching him practice below than people actually paying attention to the main match. So I never saw him be mean to or ignore anyone like I did Kiefer and Arthurs, but it's just a lot tougher and because more people want autographs and stuff, inevitably more people will be left wanting.

Oh, Brian Vahaly is also extremely sweet. I saw him practicing one day and a couple of people were watching and he would look over and smile at us as if to say "wow, thank you for bothering to watch me practice" - you could just tell he really appreciated it. it was very sweet. Malisse also seems like a very cool guy :cool:

Ballbuster
10-20-2004, 05:44 AM
Justine :p

1NightStandsRule
10-20-2004, 05:44 AM
Tarango, Rios were previously the best guys on the tour, but out of this generation it probably would be Corretja, Canas and Mirnyi.

Roddick is definitely not one of them, everything is fine when he is winning.

Deboogle!.
10-20-2004, 06:19 AM
Roddick is definitely not one of them, everything is fine when he is winning.

There are some players who NEVER sign when they lose. At least Andy almost always signs (including when I saw him lose). The thing that irks me the most are when players are rude to the little kids. Adults can handle it and it shouldn't really matter, but to me it's heart-breaking when you see a kid who just saw some player that he/she idolizes and the player has just lost and he/she just runs right past them. I guess we can only go by what we all see personally with our own eyes, but I've only seen andy not sign after a loss a couple of times, and they were those extremely tough way-tougher-than-normal losses, so I was disappointed but at least I understood. Mardy is the same way, he kind of signs but he signs fewer people and he's grouchy. I understand moodiness b/c they're humans and I wouldn't expect every player to be nice after a tough loss. But the players that don't sign at all really upset me - I love Andre but it's my least favorite thing about him :(

Of course I suppose it depends on how you define 'most corcial and nicest' - that can mean many different things :) But for me of all the people I've personally seen, it's James no matter how you define it; he just doesn't seem like he could say a bad word to anyone.

Kristen
10-20-2004, 06:33 AM
Basically, you can judge by my signature, the type of players I like. Inconsistent, but relatively well behaved on court. (I say relatively, because I have heard Jurgen can be kind of fiesty :p ) I haven't had any negative experiences with players, that I can remember. All the guys I've said g'day to have been gentlemen. They don't owe me anything, and I think it's great of them that they can be nice to a total stranger:yeah:
But the guys that have gone the extra mile, are:

Frantisek Cermak + Jan Frode Andersen
Frantisek was really sweet with a kid that looked to be 4 or 5, at the aus open this year, and Jan Frode was so easy going, probably surprised that someone recognised him. :smash: :o I cant believe Im wearing a Finnish flag, and a Swedish hat in the photo with him :retard:

The ones that became favourites for being so polite:
Alexander Popp + Brian Vahaly :hatoff:

I don't think I even have to mention Jonas :rolleyes: :D

1NightStandsRule
10-20-2004, 06:40 AM
There are some players who NEVER sign when they lose. At least Andy almost always signs (including when I saw him lose). The thing that irks me the most are when players are rude to the little kids.

Of course I suppose it depends on how you define 'most corcial and nicest' - that can mean many different things :) But for me of all the people I've personally seen, it's James no matter how you define it; he just doesn't seem like he could say a bad word to anyone.

The thing is I have seen him on more than a few occasions when he hasn't signed and just stormed off, and this was before he became a star, there are worse players in that regard, but he doesn't come near the top in the "cordial and nices" category. Usually it's easier to find out more about people when they lose, than when they win.

Though it's not cool being rude to the kids. I have seen some kids just shove the paper and pen in front of their faces, that would be annoying. Then even if a player signs for about 15 mins, then they don't sign that one more, then the people will say oh! what a prick.

Along with the other three I mentioned El Ayanoui is another one who is a classy guy.

superpinkone37
10-20-2004, 07:22 AM
I would say that Blake, El Ayanoui, and Srichapan....Blake and Srichipan are two I have gathered from my own experience, and before I had seen them in person, I hade never really cared much for them. I guess just one thing you see can totally make you a big fan of someone. El Ayanoui-- I watched one of his matches at last year's US Open, the first that I had really watched of him. I have thought very highly of him ever since. :)

Iza
10-20-2004, 09:41 AM
Paulo (Paul-Henri Mathieu) is definitely a VERY nice person :kiss:

forever_rafter
10-20-2004, 10:22 AM
Patrick (retired), Roger, Clement, Blake, Corretja

Peta Pan
10-20-2004, 12:09 PM
When I saw the thread the first name that jumped into my head was Corretja... he seems a really nice guy :yeah: I was spectating at a match at the AO this year and I could see him getting ready to practice a few courts away. Fans just kept on approaching him for autographs and photos and he kept on obliging.

From personal experience my #1 is Simon Aspelin. I've had autographs and photos on numbers of occasions and he actually stood and talked to us for quite a while (and he said I had a nice camera :p).

Other good experiences have been from Brian Vahaly (a really sweet guy) and Olivier Rochus - who just keeps on signing and posing for photos even when the security guards start saying "move your pens AWAY from the player ;)).

I can't go without mentioning Jonas Bjorkman either (always pleasant) and Seb Grosjean was lovely too :)

SwissMister1
10-20-2004, 05:07 PM
Corretja is a really nice guy, I met him in D.C. His popularity with the fans might be one of the reasons why he kept getting wild cards to a lot of tournaments after his ranking dropped, and he was able to get his ranking back up.

virex
10-20-2004, 06:50 PM
vahaly is the coolest of them all. i met him in brazil open 2003. he was very sweet and gave me a great interview.. we watched roddick´s match against ferrerro in the USO final together..

cañas is a great guy too. mello and ancic are very friendly.
gonzalez is nice. i interviewed him when he was with his girlfriend. answered every question very nicely.

schalken, schuettler and magnus norman were also very nice. specially schalken. he signed a shirt for a kid i know who is his fan.

RogiFan88
10-20-2004, 09:59 PM
Corretja is a really nice guy, I met him in D.C. His popularity with the fans might be one of the reasons why he kept getting wild cards to a lot of tournaments after his ranking dropped, and he was able to get his ranking back up.

I hear that fr so many fans... Alex is a great guy! They really missed him in Gstaad this year -- the organizers really wanted him to make it -- that's how popular he is! :angel:

Yeah, Rafter, Fed, Ferrero's also a nice guy!

Jorge
10-20-2004, 10:35 PM
Who's the most cordial and nicest player? IMO has to be Guga :yeah:

Sue Ellen
10-21-2004, 08:05 PM
Definetly Jan-Mike Gambill and Graydon Oliver. They are super nice! I have met so many players and they are just so friendly, especially Jan-Mike! I went to all of his Wimbledon matches this year and he always stopped to talk after! He even said hi first, like before I even said hi to him! Moya is really nice, so is Coria! And Fererro laughed when I waved my teddy's hand at him during a match (I was sitting right oppisite him). Anthony Dupuis is also nice, he'll talk to you for ages. Kenneth Carlsen is super nice, he always smiles and laughs and is so friendly!

Golfnduck
10-22-2004, 02:03 AM
I would say James Blake and Gugy. They do a lot of charity work which makes me look up to them in that regard.

claudine140
10-22-2004, 06:47 AM
I find Moya, Corretja and Nadal the nicest people , for press, for fans, and for the other players.

Daniel
10-22-2004, 09:10 AM
Federer :)

Vass
10-22-2004, 09:37 AM
Younes! he lead everybody i ever met by 300%.
Where is he? I miss him.

Action Jackson
10-22-2004, 09:48 AM
Younes! he lead everybody i ever met by 300%.
Where is he? I miss him.

He is still injured with shoulder and ankle problems, he only bothered to come back to play for Morocco at the Games, but he wasn't fit and that showed in those few matches. He should be back on tour in 2005.

Experimentee
10-22-2004, 05:36 PM
James Blake immediately comes to mind. He is so nice and friendly to anyone that approaches him. And he seems like that in interviews too, so nice and down to earth.

Fan Michael Gambill and Paradorn are also great to their fans. Jan Mike will not leave unless every fan in sight has his autograph, and once Paradorn stayed for about half an hour signing autographs after a match. Ivo Karlovic is great too, he was so nice when I got his autograph and pic, and he also stayed for ages signing autographs after his match, but he had to get off when the players for the next match had arrived.

Dominik Hrbaty deserves a mention too, he is truly a great guy. He makes sure all his fans get autographs or pics, and if u ask him for anything like a towel or a ball he'll give it to you. He has a great relationship with all his devoted fans too, he recognises everyone that always cheers for him and he appreciates it and gives them free tickets, etc. At the Australian Open this year he had a tough loss against Grosjean where he was leading 6-2 4-2 and lost, but at the end he went up to his fans and thanked everyone for supporting him, shook their hands, and all that.

Jenrios
10-22-2004, 09:19 PM
I'm basing my choices on players I've asked for autographs as well - and I don't ask many. Also, players I've seen in practice matches.

Autographs - Rios - 4 out of 4 signings, Lendl 3 out of 3 signings, Marat twice, Gaudio twice, Fed and Nalbandian.

Practice sessions - all of the above, and I'd add Grosjean.

Vladimir Poutine
10-23-2004, 06:23 AM
Gaudio, Hrbaty, Zabaleta, Safin, El Ayanoui, Corretja and Di Pasquale.

oleole
10-23-2004, 07:10 AM
Paradorn Srichaphan

His personality outside the court is the only one reason I can think of to explain why I still cheer for him......

Fee
11-18-2004, 07:12 PM
I thought we had done this topic before...

Action Jackson
11-18-2004, 07:13 PM
We have.

Sandra
11-18-2004, 07:40 PM
Igor Andreev-he always says of course and smiles