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Most friendly tennisman

safinaferrero
11-18-2004, 11:13 AM
I know another useless thread :o but with all fedex devotion threads :worship: ( he deserves it i know ;) but that's a 'routine' now :lol: here is a thread i've started in 2004 when i was brand new :baby: in MTF 3 years later i bump it :o
With all those tennis tournements who have u met and enjoyed the most :hatoff: u can include coachs too
For me :

:yeah:Marat Safin-Tommy Robredo-Mariano Zabaleta-Juan-Carlos Ferrero-Younès El Aynaoui-Alex Corretja:yeah:

Peta Pan
11-18-2004, 11:16 AM
1. Simon Aspelin
2. Jonas Bjorkman
3. Alex Corretja (but I haven't had an experience myself)
4. Sebastien Grosjean
5. Brian Vahaly/Olivier Rochus

Kristen
11-18-2004, 11:28 AM
Of the one's I've met/spoken to for more than 30 seconds:
1. Jonas of course :P
2. Alexander Popp
3. Simon Aspelin (debateable. He could also share first place with Jonas)
4. Wayne Ferreira!(retired), Niclas Larsson (wheelchair), or Brian Vahaly :yeah:
5. Alex Bogomolov Jr / Filippo Volandri / PimPim

Other mentionable guys that have been polite & friendly:
Oli Rochus, Max Mirnyi (and his dad!), Todd Martin and Mats Wilander! :worship:

If I left anyone out, I prob haven't paid much attention to them.

bad gambler
11-18-2004, 11:32 AM
aussie patrick rafter

FrogBurger
11-18-2004, 11:57 AM
I have to agree that Mariano Zabaleta has to be the nicest. Young Frenchman, Jérôme Haehnel is super nice. he even bent down to pick something up that i dropped, he is way friendly.

Fergie
11-18-2004, 02:25 PM
Guga and Rogi :yeah:

basil333
11-18-2004, 05:44 PM
Mariano Zabaleta

:worship: :devil: :)

Then my other choices would be:

Paradorn Srichaphan
Arnaud Clement
Juan Ignacio Chela
Gaston Gaudio (for his very helpful services ;) )

Bilbo
11-18-2004, 06:44 PM
Mariano Zabaleta

Denise
11-18-2004, 06:44 PM
Marat :worship:

:lol: nice avatar Sol! ;)

SwissMister1
11-18-2004, 06:47 PM
Definitely Alex Corretja.

Action Jackson
11-18-2004, 06:48 PM
Marcelo Rios

Of the current ones Alex Corretja, Mariano Zabaleta, Arnaud Di Pasquale, Gaston Gaudio, Younes El Ayanoui, Roger Federer and Guillermo Cañas.

Action Jackson
11-18-2004, 06:49 PM
I forgot the Hippo Marat, he is a big friendly Hippo.

Rostov61
11-18-2004, 06:57 PM
Guga, Paradorn, Roger and Marat of course;)

Aleksa's Laydee
11-18-2004, 07:19 PM
Alex Bogdanovic
Jonas
Pim Pim
Paradorn
Igor
Robby G

safinaferrero
11-19-2004, 03:01 PM
rios really a lots od people are saying the contrary about him?

Ballbuster
11-19-2004, 03:21 PM
Everyone knows Vee and Ree are the most friendly, duh.

*Ljubica*
11-19-2004, 03:29 PM
Actually, I have found most of the players I have ever met friendly and pleasant, but my 5 favourites:-

Marat Safin (big friendly hippo :) )
Alex Corretja
Irakli Labadze

lauralou
11-19-2004, 03:30 PM
Hi! Even I never met them,because they were "timeless" (is it true?"timeless" sounds strange,but i'm bad in English,lol),they haven't any time,but the players I find more friendly are:
-Marat Safin,because we saw him at his hostel,when he wasn't supposed to answer us.(And he seems very tired,poor bb! :baby: )
-Alex Kuznetsov :kiss:
-Gaston Gaudio :)

kukka
11-19-2004, 03:33 PM
This is easy:

1. Wayne Ferreira (absolutely the friendliest player I've met) :worship:
2. Graydon Oliver :angel:
3. Jan-Michael Gambill :cool:
4. Thierry Ascione ;)
5. Wayne Arthurs :)
etc.

Elina :umbrella:

Roger-No.1
11-19-2004, 03:42 PM
Rogi

Carlos

Guga

CooCooCachoo
11-19-2004, 05:15 PM
Make for u the ranking of the most friendly tennis player.
for me :

1.MARIANO ZABALETA :)
2.MARAT SAFIN :)
3.TOMMY ROBREDO :)
4.YOUNES EL AYNAOUI :)
5.MARIO ANCIC :)

It's true that they are all very friendly :) Especially Younes :yeah:

CooCooCachoo
11-19-2004, 05:22 PM
Friendly players:

1. Alex Calatrava
2. Kenneth Carlsen
3. Arnaud Clément
4. Roger Federer
5. Leos Friedl
6. Mariusz Fyrstenberg
7. Markus Hantschk
8. Laurence Tieleman
9. Ivo Heuberger sometimes
10. Tuomas Ketola !
11. Nenad Zimonjic
12. Michel Kratochvil
13. Karol Kucera
14. Alex Kuznetsov
15. Andrei Pavel :worship:
16. Alexander Popp
17. Andy Ram
18. Olivier Rochus
19. Christophe Rochus
20. Dennis van Scheppingen :worship:
21. John van Lottum
22. Raemon Sluiter :worship: Doesn't get much better
23. Sjeng Schalken
24. Martin Verkerk
25. Marat Safin
26. Mariano Zabaleta
27. Alex Corretja
28. Younes El Aynaoui
29. Kristof Vliegen
30. Mario Radic
31. Nenad Zimonjic
32. Jean-Claude Scherrer
33. Marcelo Filippini :sad: He retired :sad:
34. Jan Siemerink :sad: Also retired :sad:
35. Tim Henman
36. Albert Costa
37. Roger Federer
38. Arnaud Clément
39. Sébastien Grosjean
40. David Rikl
41. Jiri Novak
42. Radek Stepanek
43. Graydon Oliver
44. Andrew Kratzmann :sad: Retired :sad:
45. Libor Pimek :sad: Retired :sad:
46. Carlos Moyá
47. Tommy Robredo !
48. Nicolas Thomann

Hmm.. I will get to 50 eventually :o

CooCooCachoo
11-19-2004, 05:22 PM
50. Nicolas Kiefer

There.. That's 50 :p

merle
11-19-2004, 10:43 PM
Glad you appreciate Sluiter, CooCoo!!

Ferrero Forever
11-20-2004, 02:46 AM
Well i've heard that ferrero, younes, and paradorn are really nice

Carolinita
11-20-2004, 03:50 AM
Hey!!! where is Marcelo Ríos :lol: :lol:

CooCooCachoo
11-20-2004, 06:20 AM
Glad you appreciate Sluiter, CooCoo!!

Yeah :) He's extremely nice ;) :bowdown:

bad gambler
11-20-2004, 06:23 AM
Well i've heard that ferrero, younes, and paradorn are really nice

don't get me started on ferrero...he brushed me last aus open when i wanted his signature, so based on my experience definitely not :(

Angel21
11-20-2004, 08:38 AM
1. Igor Andreev
2. Mikhail Youzhny
3. Marat Safin
4. Jonas Bjorkman
5. Roger Federer

~EMiLiTA~
11-20-2004, 02:34 PM
don't get me started on ferrero...he brushed me last aus open when i wanted his signature, so based on my experience definitely not :(

really? that's no good. I've met him twice and both times he talked to me for several minutes...was really really nice. Same with his coach.

CooCooCachoo
11-20-2004, 05:05 PM
I don't think Ferrero is that nice either.. Nothing special. But it makes a difference that you are a girl ;)

*Ljubica*
11-20-2004, 05:08 PM
I don't think Ferrero is that nice either.. Nothing special. But it makes a difference that you are a girl ;)

Well he's always been really nice to me too Martijn, - but then I'm a girl as well :)

CooCooCachoo
11-20-2004, 05:46 PM
That's why, Rosie. And you are blonde :lol:

*Ljubica*
11-20-2004, 07:08 PM
That's why, Rosie. And you are blonde :lol:

Yes - and I can't deny it comes in very useful sometimes :)

Alvarillo
11-20-2004, 08:09 PM
I'm a boy and Jc was really nice with me ;)
i would say:
1. JC & A.Martinez Cascales
2. Mariano
3. Tommy Robredo
4. Younes
5. Alex Corretja
6. Andrei Pavel
7. Max Mirnyi
8. Damm & Suk
9. Feliciano L.
10. Schalken

CooCooCachoo
11-20-2004, 08:13 PM
Yes - and I can't deny it comes in very useful sometimes :)

:lol: :angel:

drf716
11-22-2004, 04:36 AM
don't get me started on ferrero...he brushed me last aus open when i wanted his signature, so based on my experience definitely not :(
well, all i have to say i'd rather be brushed off than not get to meet any of the players. :sad: :sad: :sad: i have yet to see a tournament

SAtennis
11-22-2004, 05:00 AM
Younes, Roger, Paradorn, Marat.

kiro
11-22-2004, 05:14 AM
Well, about Ferrero...He's like this: once he thinks you are a good person, he will be very very nice to you. Otherwise, he would like to keep some distance. The problem is that it's not that easy to get into his heart. Especially when he's under pressure. He doesn't like fans acting too crazy, and IMO, he doesn't like the media too much either.

I met some coaches from his tennis school, including Samuel Lopez, who used to be his second coach and now is coaching Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. They are very very nice.

According to my exprience, some lower ranked players are more approachable, well, maybe it's because they are not that famous. Most players I met were quite nice.
Jarkko Nieminen, very very nice guy. Rainer Schuttler is humble and nice. David Nalbandian is nice too, an easy going guy. Guillermo Canas, Jiri Novak.

Haven't got the chance to talk with Carlos Moya or Marat Safin, for there were too many guards, but I believe that they are both nice.

*p.s. just found out that this happened to be my 500th post :D

*Ljubica*
11-22-2004, 05:23 AM
Well, about Ferrero...He's like this: once he thinks you are a good person, he will be very very nice to you. Otherwise, he would like to keep some distance. The problem is that it's not that easy to get into his heart. Especially when he's under pressure. He doesn't like fans acting too crazy, and IMO, he doesn't like the media too much either.

I met some coaches from his tennis school, including Samuel Lopez, who used to be his second coach and now is coaching Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. They are very very nice.

According to my exprience, some lower ranked players are more approachable, well, maybe it's because they are not that famous. Most players I met were quite nice.
Jarkko Nieminen, very very nice guy. Rainer Schuttler is humble and nice. David Nalbandian is nice too, an easy going guy. Guillermo Canas, Jiri Novak.

Haven't got the chance to talk with Carlos Moya or Marat Safin, for there were too many guards, but I believe that they are both nice.

I agree with most of your comments Kiro :) I know it must be hard for people like Ferrero - he is still a young guy and very quiet, and it is difficult for him to get the privacy he craves and also to know who to trust. When we were in Madrid for the Masters' recently, there were loads of people hanging around the Hotel entrance every night (even after midnight in the rain!), and most of them were just there for Ferrero who is their local hero. I guess taking a job in the public eye means you should expect some invasion of privacy, but you can understand why he is sometimes wary of stopping and talking to people unless he knows and trusts them. Personally, I hate to see people hanging around outside Hotels like that - when a player is coming off court, or at a proper autograph session then that is part of their job. but I think when they get away from the tennis venue then that is their private time and they should be left alone. Just my opinion anyway.

kiro
11-22-2004, 05:36 AM
Yes, I agree on the point that fans shall respect the players' privacy. It's a tough life on the pro tour.

I knew someone, who was a volunteer at a tournament, took some pictures of the locker room after the players left, and posted them on forums. Like "this is the banana xxx ate", or "this is the toilet xxx had been using". It really made me sick.
Even reporters are not permitted to enter the locker rooms. The locker room shall be a private place for the players.

I believe that respect is a mutural thing.

Daniel
11-22-2004, 06:00 AM
Federer and most of the latin and spanish players :)

Peta Pan
11-22-2004, 01:11 PM
don't get me started on ferrero...he brushed me last aus open when i wanted his signature, so based on my experience definitely not :(

He brushed me off at one stage at this years AO too, BUT he had just LOST his doubles match and he was very disappointed at the time... I just got his autograph the next day at the FanFest tent (which is also very impersonal). I know he is a very shy guy so I wasnt' too disheartened :)

FrogBurger
11-22-2004, 01:39 PM
Ferrero is very nice. he also makes himself available when he comes to paris. he does public signings at stores, and always goes to the signing table. Most everyone is nice, if you behave nice. Ive learned. Now i only take photos if they dont mind, if like other people are doing it. as for autographs, i wont even go near big crowds, for safin, or moya or guga. The good thing is really talented players who people dont know as well, might have time to say hello or take a photo. I still think the nicest person is Jérome Haehnel. he is really a very nice person. Also Zabaleta is nice. Soderling seems very friendly too and JB and Todd always seem very personable. Oh, the nicest guy ever is MANSOUR BAHRAMI. he has to be the nicest player that ever lived.

Kristen
11-22-2004, 02:17 PM
Yep, FB is right ^_^ Robin Soderling is actually quite nice; I spent a few minutes with him after training one day this year, discussing DC and his progression over the last year. He was cool! He just doesn't quite have that same 'natural' rapport with the fans as some other swedes seem to have :)

Just wanted to put in a good word for Robin :)

Hendu
11-22-2004, 02:19 PM
Zabaleta, Massu, Moya...

Horatio Caine
11-22-2004, 02:31 PM
If you ask a player for an autograph after they lose then you should be prepared for any outcome. At Wimbledon I caught Sluiter walking off court with his coach after his match with Bjorkman and I walked forward to intercept him because I wanted an autograph. He looked up to see where he was going and I saw he looked upset so I just walked away - if I had asked he pobably would have said no. You just have to respect these guys. They are normal human beings afterall.

Rainer was really nice - I waited for 15 minuteswhile he practised with Melzer. The crowds were small because everyone was watching the adjoining court - Hewitt practising with Joachim. Rainer signed an autograph for me and even my mum who just wanted one for my sister! He is a great guy! Melzer also did some autograph signing but Rainer seemed friendlier.

Paradorn is nice even though he made me jog with him to get an autograph! There again he may have been trying to see how unfit I am! :)

Bjorkman and Woodbridge are great - they interact with the fans so well.
Henman is great at signing autographs - he'll sign pretty much everyone who is waiting BUT he doesn't talk to the fans at all.

I really wanted a Ferrero autograph at wimby this year but when he went off court 2 bodyguards surrounded him and they all sprinted back to the locker rooms.

kiro
11-22-2004, 02:32 PM
Yep, FB is right ^_^ Robin Soderling is actually quite nice; I spent a few minutes with him after training one day this year, discussing DC and his progression over the last year. He was cool! He just doesn't quite have that same 'natural' rapport with the fans as some other swedes seem to have :)

Just wanted to put in a good word for Robin :)


:D Yes, Robin is nice :D I met him at Shanghai 2003. I'd say he's a lovely kid. :D
A lot of young players are lovely. Like Robin, Gilles Muller etc. And Guillermo Garcia Lopez :D:D And Tomas Berdych :D :hearts:

Lala186
11-22-2004, 03:58 PM
MARIANO ZABALETA

Peta Pan
11-24-2004, 10:05 AM
:D Yes, Robin is nice :D I met him at Shanghai 2003. I'd say he's a lovely kid. :D
A lot of young players are lovely. Like Robin, Gilles Muller etc. And Guillermo Garcia Lopez :D:D And Tomas Berdych :D :hearts:

Thankyou, that is what I wanted to hear because one of the players I'm looking forward to seeing in January more than any other is Tomas Berdych... I was hoping that he'd be friendly and accessible for an autograph/photo.

Robin was nice this year and I got a photo with him... but it blurred horribly so now I've got to try for it again!

~EMiLiTA~
11-24-2004, 11:03 AM
That's why, Rosie. And you are blonde :lol:

haha well I'm not blonde

Vass
11-24-2004, 11:09 AM
From what I saw myself: Younes El Yanaoi. He offered to buy me an icecream in 2002 or 2003... He's absolutely the best. Remembers bar-tenders after a year... No he's just too nice. How many players carry cards with autographs in their bags? I never saw him not give an autograph.

Also: Safin, Ferrero, Youzhny. These are my own observations.

~EMiLiTA~
11-24-2004, 11:12 AM
yeah Marat is also very sweet

Vass
11-24-2004, 11:13 AM
Yes, I agree on the point that fans shall respect the players' privacy. It's a tough life on the pro tour.

I knew someone, who was a volunteer at a tournament, took some pictures of the locker room after the players left, and posted them on forums. Like "this is the banana xxx ate", or "this is the toilet xxx had been using". It really made me sick.
Even reporters are not permitted to enter the locker rooms. The locker room shall be a private place for the players.

I believe that respect is a mutural thing.
hmmmz. I use the same locker rooms (and more) with players in Dubai. Ofcourse I never took pictures of the toilet they used. :)

Shadow
11-24-2004, 11:57 AM
Safin, Corretja, Acasuso, Arazi, Younes, Grosjean, Pavel, Schuettler (from mine and others experiences)

safinaferrero
11-25-2004, 10:48 AM
vass ur right i also met younès he is so sweet never say no

safinagirly
11-25-2004, 10:58 AM
..

CooCooCachoo
11-25-2004, 11:23 AM
If you ask a player for an autograph after they lose then you should be prepared for any outcome. At Wimbledon I caught Sluiter walking off court with his coach after his match with Bjorkman and I walked forward to intercept him because I wanted an autograph. He looked up to see where he was going and I saw he looked upset so I just walked away - if I had asked he pobably would have said no. You just have to respect these guys. They are normal human beings afterall.

Raemon actually would sign, probably. He's a great guy :) But I think he'd be more likely to sign in The Netherlands, after a loss, than at Wimbledon.

But yes, you have to respect the players.

poundcatt
11-25-2004, 12:04 PM
aA lot of people say Zabaleta, but no one said anything about why they say he's friendly. Any personal encounters?

Peta Pan
11-25-2004, 12:42 PM
I have never met Zabaleta personally, but judging from the amount of photos people have posted of themselves with him and how gracious and super-nice he looks in the photos, I would think that he is a LOVELY guy!

jazz_girl
11-25-2004, 12:47 PM
aA lot of people say Zabaleta, but no one said anything about why they say he's friendly. Any personal encounters?
I've never talked to him, but in Feb, during the ATP Bs As, a lot of people approached him and he agreed to take every pic and he was always smiling :)

CooCooCachoo
11-25-2004, 12:51 PM
I've never talked to him, but in Feb, during the ATP Bs As, a lot of people approached him and he agreed to take every pic and he was always smiling :)

That about describes him best. He is always willing to smile, sign and pose ;)

Sommarsverige
11-28-2004, 07:41 PM
Mariano is really a nice guy! I have never seen that he
refused to give an autograph or pose for a photo.
And jazz_girl is right, he is always smiling! And when someone calls his name, he comes always! ;) ;)
But other nice players, from my own experience, are: Magnus Norman (of course, I have to name him), Jonas Björkman (unbelievable great also with his fans), Pim Pim, Gaston Gaudio, Guillermo Canas and also (maybe some people can´t understand...) Guillermo Coria. Also he is always posing for photos and I have never seen that he wasn´t nice to someone who asked for an autograph!
I am sure there are many more nice players, but these have come to my mind right now...

ae wowww
11-28-2004, 07:43 PM
I heard Arnaud Clement is a legend. Apparently at 2003 Legg Mason, he lost in R1, but signed every autograph and took every photo until everyone was done. If I'm not wrong, he beat Greg R, who refused to sign any, and scuttled away after the match!

star
11-28-2004, 09:35 PM
Xavier Malisse is surprisingly nice.

I've seen him stop and talk to fans who were simply speaking to him in passing. I've seen him have conversations with people asking for an autograph. He actually asks them questions about themselves and show interest in them as people. At first, I thought these must be people he already knew from the way he was speaking to them, but I found out they were simply fans. :)

buddyholly
11-29-2004, 02:35 AM
Todd Martin, the gentleman.

*SKYE*
11-29-2004, 08:51 AM
I rekon Juan Carlos Fererro, he seems rather nice

Smankyou
11-29-2004, 09:25 AM
Juanqui Lover will be pleased to know that Juan Carlos is an absolute sweetheart to his fans. Having said that, you have to beat the swarm of 15 yr old girls to the ground in order to get close to him.

Ferrero Forever
11-30-2004, 07:27 AM
well i am a 15 year old girl, so that should be no problems, i would win a marathon if he was standing at the end of it

*SKYE*
11-30-2004, 07:56 AM
lol haha!

basil333
12-01-2004, 11:56 PM
aA lot of people say Zabaleta, but no one said anything about why they say he's friendly. Any personal encounters?

Loads and loads... Mariano is really friendly - and a really nice guy who happens to be a tennis player too.

for Personal encounters go to www.sportfiles.com/zabaleta/fansviews.htm

he is my 10 year old neice's hero... this is her story... http://marianosboard.proboards29.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&num=1100139990

enjoy!

basil333
12-02-2004, 12:14 AM
Mariano is really a nice guy! I have never seen that he
refused to give an autograph or pose for a photo.
And jazz_girl is right, he is always smiling! And when someone calls his name, he comes always! ;) ;)
..

:wavey: :zzz: happy memories ;)

safinaferrero
01-28-2007, 09:12 PM
up

*Viva Chile*
01-28-2007, 09:20 PM
from what I heard from the players:
Federer, Srichaphan, Zabaleta, Moyá, Cañas (in general consense)

FelipeMIA89
01-28-2007, 10:19 PM
gasquet, gonzalez, coria, massu, blake, etc

safinaferrero
01-28-2007, 10:52 PM
PS: what i meant was from ur own experience, or u've seen closely ;)

acharlesmobile
01-28-2007, 10:59 PM
well ive met a few from the LA tourney and actually had dinner with Schriciphan (friend's mom knew his manager from a while ago). He's a genuinely nice guy. He let my friend's younger brother play with his Cell Phone Sidekick thing and he laughed at me because i can't handle Thai food. Udomchoke was there too but he didn't talk much.

Marat and Haas were really nice too. Haas dropping F bombs and Marat dropping his pants for us during their practice.

ClubFed
01-28-2007, 11:28 PM
Marat and Haas were really nice too. Haas dropping F bombs and Marat dropping his pants for us during their practice.

GASP!!!!! Really?

Important question: White, Black, Red, or Light Blue Calvin Kleins?

:p That's great though. :D

Via
01-28-2007, 11:43 PM
I heard Arnaud Clement is a legend. Apparently at 2003 Legg Mason, he lost in R1, but signed every autograph and took every photo until everyone was done. If I'm not wrong, he beat Greg R, who refused to sign any, and scuttled away after the match!

from my observations, i think he does that only when there is a lot of support for him during the match. then he'll sign even after he loses. players may not have eye contact with the crowd but someone like arnaud pays a lot of attention to where and who his supporters are... and remembers them.

of course my personal experience is that he's very friendly cos he knows and remembers me! :D his mate sebastien grosjean is very kind and patient and great to talk to, but seb tends to have a '50 first dates' kind of memory... won't remember you from year to year or even from another day.

other positive personal experiences:
safin, olivier rochus, nicolas lapentti, gasquet, nadal, llodra, massu.....
:yeah:

Natuza_BR
01-28-2007, 11:46 PM
GUGA, MARAT, GASQUET:worship:

acharlesmobile
01-29-2007, 12:50 AM
they were black with blue lining.
I was like "i want a pair of those." The underwear i mean... >_>

Action Jackson
01-29-2007, 12:58 AM
Tarango.

chicky841
01-29-2007, 01:28 AM
from my observations, i think he does that only when there is a lot of support for him during the match. then he'll sign even after he loses. players may not have eye contact with the crowd but someone like arnaud pays a lot of attention to where and who his supporters are... and remembers them.

of course my personal experience is that he's very friendly cos he knows and remembers me! :D his mate sebastien grosjean is very kind and patient and great to talk to, but seb tends to have a '50 first dates' kind of memory... won't remember you from year to year or even from another day.

other positive personal experiences:
safin, olivier rochus, nicolas lapentti, gasquet, nadal, llodra, massu.....
:yeah:

:lol: funny

Allure
01-29-2007, 04:38 AM
from my observations, i think he does that only when there is a lot of support for him during the match. then he'll sign even after he loses. players may not have eye contact with the crowd but someone like arnaud pays a lot of attention to where and who his supporters are... and remembers them.

of course my personal experience is that he's very friendly cos he knows and remembers me! :D his mate sebastien grosjean is very kind and patient and great to talk to, but seb tends to have a '50 first dates' kind of memory... won't remember you from year to year or even from another day.

other positive personal experiences:
safin, olivier rochus, nicolas lapentti, gasquet, nadal, llodra, massu.....
:yeah:

Pls share your Gasquet experience.

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-29-2007, 04:43 AM
Jean Rene Lisnard :hearts: JRRRRRR

Peta Pan
01-29-2007, 08:50 AM
1. Simon Aspelin
2. Jonas Bjorkman
3. Alex Corretja (but I haven't had an experience myself)
4. Sebastien Grosjean
5. Brian Vahaly/Olivier Rochus

:lol: It's over 2 years since I did that list... and sure those guys are all lovely, but my opinion has changed quite a lot since 1994.

1. ANDREI PAVEL - He has the best sense of humour on the tour IMO and I've had 2 fantastic experiences with him in the last 3 Australian Opens... nothing beating this years when he said hello to me before a match, chucked me a towel when they went off for a rain delay, pleaded with me to fill his water bottle with tap water during a training session and gave me his hat and two sweat bands after training.. personally signing the hat to me. What a fantastic guy :hearts:

2. Novak Djokovic - Very approachable, happy to talk to fans. Great sense of humour

3. Jonas Bjorkman - haven't spoken to him for a few years now but when I used to follow him much closer he was always lovely and he is always appreciative of his fans and support.

4. Ivan Ljubicic - Don't care what people say about him. At last years Australian Open when I wanted a photo with him and couldn't get my camera to work I told him not to worry about it. He went off and signed some autographs for some kids and walked back to me afterwards to see if I was ready for a photo which I was. I totally expected him to forget me and just walk away... earlier during that training sessioin a tournament umbrella fell on a ladies head and he stopped training and got her his water and towels and showed real concern for her. He won real brownie points from me on that day on all counts.

Via
01-29-2007, 07:58 PM
Pls share your Gasquet experience.

nothing much, he just came across as nice ;) it was a few years ago now, i don't have a chance again to talk to him since.

try read this if you can make any sense out of it :) http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1ddcf6dd

peta, that's a good story about ljubicic! which reminds me that i had forgotten to mention hrbaty who held a door for me when i had too many things in my hands lol these tennis guys are used to people serving them, not many know what to do the other way round. that makes it rare because then they become 'normal' people again lol

fetch
01-30-2007, 04:10 AM
Yeah, you heard me. OFF COURT. Someone you like despite their great/awful tennis skills. A very appropriate answer would be: I like Anna Kournikova cause she's hot. :devil:

bigbhoy
01-30-2007, 04:47 AM
Yeah, you heard me. OFF COURT. Someone you like despite their great/awful tennis skills. A very appropriate answer would be: I like Anna Kournikova cause she's hot. :devil:

It's impossible to answer because how many people know what players are like off court in their own personal life!

As to your anser, that doesn't make sense either, because if your going for someone you like physically, then wouldn't it be better to see them on-court in their little tight dresses, shaking their asses around when they move around court or lunge for balls. Not to mention also, that AK isn't really seen regularly (only seems to be shots with her bf Enrique) compared to when she played on the tour.

Fee
01-30-2007, 04:51 AM
fetch, which of your posts got you all those red dots under your name?

Ferrero Forever
01-30-2007, 04:52 AM
If you mean personality wise, Max Mirnyi. Absolutely lovely guy. Other really lovely guys off court are JC (and thats not just because he's my fave), Verdasco, Garcia-Lopez, Moya, Nadal and Gonzalez (they're the main ones I've been able to talk to.)

Hendu
01-30-2007, 05:04 AM
Sam Querrey...

I know nothing about this 19 year old outside the tennis court, but he has something I can't describe that grabs my attention.

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/Q927_AT.jpg

f.e. in that picture I find him so mysterious and interesting...

Maybe I am being shallow. sorry.

fetch
01-30-2007, 05:05 AM
I don't know how the red dots got there.

I think a rabid Fed fan got me.

Fee
01-30-2007, 05:15 AM
ah, click on the 'User CP' link in the menu across the top border, see who gave you the 'bad rep' You're probably right.


<---- This guy gets my vote for my off court fav, but I am very biased. :)

Allez
01-30-2007, 05:21 AM
The one and only Rogi! Not for his looks or anything like that, but because of of his transcendent personality and how he gives back to the sport and all the humanitarian stuff he does. Where the hell does he get the time :eek: ? Hey and his tennis isn't too bad either :yeah:

tt boy
01-30-2007, 06:54 AM
I like TATIANA GOLOVIN cause she's hot http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/1535/bunnieshp5.gif:devil:

FluffyYellowBall
01-30-2007, 07:16 AM
I like zabaleta, acasuso and most of the argentenians and spanirds off court. Ive watched tennis pro a few times. Ollie is also seems like a nice guy. The Dubai TC brings the BEST off court coverage

KiwiChica
01-30-2007, 08:42 AM
Hmm, Safin, definitely.

I met him in Hamburg last year, he was really pissed off as he had just lost his first round match vs qualifier Flavio Saretta from Brazil. But still, he signed loads of autographs. He took my pen to sign my poster and continued signing autographs with my pen, happily walking to the car that was waiting for him. Since I needed my pen back, I ran after him: "MARAT!" He turned around, and I said, "My pen ..." He smiled (and mind you, he wasn't at all in smiling mood), and said, "Oh sorry ..." and gave the pen back. I liked him a lot before, but that made me like him even more.

Other friendly players in my book are:

Nadal, Schuettler, Verdasco (such a sweetheart! He was so happy that someone asked for his autograph), Zabaleta (I'll never forget the elevator ride ... :haha: ), Ferrero (he even stopped to wait for all the ones who wanted his autograph, after Carlita yelled his name), Robredo (another sweetheart), and Nieminen.

Klaas_nalbandian
01-30-2007, 08:51 AM
I heard good things from dutch wheelchair tennis player esther vergeer about Jonas Bjorkman who always takes time for everyone and often watch matches of them

Alvarillo
01-30-2007, 08:51 AM
In my experience, working last year in ATP MS Madrid and WTA YEC the friendliest were ...

Benjamin Becker :worship: :worship:
Martina Hingis :eek: :worship:
Alex Corretja ;)
Michael Llodrá :lol:
Rafael Nadal :worship:

*Ljubica*
01-30-2007, 09:01 AM
Actually, I have found most of the players I have ever met friendly and pleasant, but my 5 favourites:-

Marat Safin (big friendly hippo :) )
Alex Corretja
Irakli Labadze

It is two years since I did mine too - so would like to add:-

Tommy Robredo - such a genuinely sweet guy :hearts:
David Ferrer - another sweetie
Ivo Karlovic
Peter Luczak

fran70
01-30-2007, 09:19 AM
There are many that I found friendly but I was really impressed with Pete Sampras. He was a shy person and very humble, nice and easygoing too.

Cañas, Zabaleta, Gaudio, Frana, Calleri, Guga and Massu are very nice people and easy to talk with too.

I found Enqvist, Moya and Santoro very friendly too. And I forgot Peter Luczak too! I spoke with him for a while during the quallies of the ATP of Buenos Aires some years ago and he seemed to be a very nice guy too.

williaer
01-30-2007, 09:31 AM
I find MOST of the tennis players to be really really friendly. I have had great experiences with:

Roger Federer, Taylor Dent, Jim Courier, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Haas, Andy Roddick, Richard Gasquet, Novak Djokovic and Dean Goldfine (Andy's former coach).

sampaio
01-30-2007, 12:08 PM
Tommy Robredo - such a genuinely sweet guy :hearts:


:eek: you must be kidding me....

TennisGrandSlam
01-30-2007, 12:37 PM
1. Simon Aspelin
2. Jonas Bjorkman
3. Alex Corretja (but I haven't had an experience myself)
4. Sebastien Grosjean
5. Brian Vahaly/Olivier Rochus


Sure :devil:

Experimentee
01-30-2007, 01:17 PM
Dominik Hrbaty is a great guy off court from my experience. So is Danai Udomchoke and James Blake.

Truc
01-30-2007, 01:30 PM
Monfils. I don't like his game, to be honest, but I have a soft spot for the guy, he's funny and entertaining, so I'm supporting him.

Carlita
01-30-2007, 01:32 PM
Verdasco :yeah: fantastic guy! Kind, fun, generous.

Also Moya :hug:

CooCooCachoo
01-30-2007, 01:36 PM
Marco Chiudinelli :yeah:

Jan Hernych.

silverarrows
01-30-2007, 01:43 PM
Tati, Dani, Ana, Nikki, Makiri. :hearts:

Carlita
01-30-2007, 01:45 PM
Tati, Dani, Ana, Nikki, Makiri. :hearts:
wrong forum :lol: :p

El Legenda
01-30-2007, 01:46 PM
Sam Querrey...

I know nothing about this 19 year old outside the tennis court, but he has something I can't describe that grabs my attention.

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/Q927_AT.jpg

f.e. in that picture I find him so mysterious and interesting...

Maybe I am being shallow. sorry.

if i didnt know he was 19...by that picture he looks like 28-35 :D

delsa
01-30-2007, 01:47 PM
Absolutely all the Frenchies except Lisnard (:devil: but he's now playing for Monaco so good...) that i could talk to. Funny, nice, sweet, jokers (like Llodra, Clément, Monfils...), self-depreciative humor, family guys etc... the whole package! :)

Nole Djokovic. Absolutely fantastic at Bercy 2005. :yeah:

Most African players like Younès El Aynaoui and Hicham Arazi for exemple, Randriantefy in the WTA...! :hug:

nicole_s
01-30-2007, 01:54 PM
ivanisevic,federer,tursunov

Voo de Mar
01-30-2007, 01:54 PM
if i didnt know he was 19...by that picture he looks like 28-35 :D

:lol: Exactly. BTW many players look a little older than indicating their age.

*Ljubica*
01-30-2007, 01:54 PM
Nicest people - OK - I would say:

Tommy Robredo
David Ferrer
Younes El Aynaoui
Ivo Karlovic
Peter Luczak
Tim Henman
Fernando Gonzalez

........... and quite a few more!

Washa Koroleva
01-30-2007, 01:55 PM
Oli Rochus and Kim Clijsters

Washa Koroleva
01-30-2007, 01:56 PM
Nicest people - OK - I would say:

Tommy Robredo
David Ferrer
Younes El Aynaoui
Ivo Karlovic
Peter Luczak
Tim Henman
Fernando Gonzalez

........... and quite a few more!

David Ferrer :yeah:

*Ljubica*
01-30-2007, 02:06 PM
David Ferrer :yeah:

Don't you remember Stuttgart Olga :p

safinaferrero
01-30-2007, 02:07 PM
well this thread remind me this one (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=21623) but there u can explain why u like them not only because they looks hot :lol:

anyway according with what i've seen and experienced on my own i wuld say robredo nothing boring off court, ferrero, al aynaoui , marat safin despite his superstar stauts down to earth and very nice, verdasco as many said he's a sweetheart with everybody from the driver, the kids until the waitress :yeah: mario ancic is also quite friendly ;)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-30-2007, 03:28 PM
Janko...he has a bad boy look...so hot! :hearts:

guille&tati4life
01-30-2007, 03:37 PM
Golovin. Not just for the looks either, she always seems very nice to me :D
Jonas too :D

thiaela
01-30-2007, 04:01 PM
In, Out MARAT SAFIN

thiaela
01-30-2007, 04:02 PM
Lucho Horna

marti_228
01-30-2007, 04:06 PM
Most of the Argentineans and Spaniards, Massu, Horna.

Sommarsverige
01-30-2007, 05:02 PM
Taken from personal experience the nicest guys off court are, among others:

Jonas Björkman
Tommy Robredo
Fernando Verdasco
Mariano Zabaleta

marti_228
01-30-2007, 06:06 PM
if i didnt know he was 19...by that picture he looks like 28-35 :D

I think the same. Yesterday I searched his profile and when I saw he had been born in 1987 I couldn't believe it. He looks much older, at least in that picture.

Björki
01-30-2007, 07:13 PM
Jonas Björkman
Wayne Arthurs
Paul Hanley
Bob & Mike Bryan
Fernando Verdasco

***Daniela86***
01-31-2007, 12:44 AM
I wasn't a Nadal fan before meeting him at Roland Garros this year but after meeting him,he has become my second favourite player. (I like him only a bit less than Djokovic :p) He was really lovely,polite,nice,a big sweetie rougly.He smiled a lot too.:D
I also adore Safin's personnality:yeah: He is very fun on court and off court :D
I haven't met Andreev yet but I like him,he seems to be reserved but cool.

TMJordan
01-31-2007, 01:15 AM
Daniel Köllerer :p

Nathaliia
01-31-2007, 08:50 AM
Out of people I know: Matka/Fryta, Michael Ryderstedt, Younes El Aynaoui, Jamie Delgado, Evgeni Korolev, Tobias Clemens, Christopher Kas, Juan Ignacio Chela (Zabaleta, Horna and Massa are okay too), Teimuraz Gabashvili, Nicolas Mahut, Florent Serra, Agustin Calleri, Phillip Kohlschreiber, Simone Bolelli, Marco Crugnola, Tomas Berdych, and also Todor Enev, Ivaylo Traykov and some other guys from futures level that would never make it higher.

Special mentioning to Gael Monfils and yeah I like Dani Koellerer as well.

lucindia
01-31-2007, 08:58 AM
From personal experience i would say:

Marat SAFIN (A real sweetheart!)
Bob and Mike BRYAN
Albert COSTA (:sad: )
Ilia BOZOLJAC (totally:crazy:)
Dmitry TURSUNOV
Ollie ROCHUS
Nole DJOKOVIC
Jean Claude SCHERRER
Hicham ARAZI
Younes EL AYNAOUI
Most of the frenchies (my fav' off court are Arnaud CLEMENT, Nicolas MAHUT, Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN, Thierry ASCIONE, Alex SIDORENKO...ok really most of them except SANTORO and BENNETEAU!!!)

rafa_maniac
01-31-2007, 12:05 PM
Safin, Tursunov, Roddick and Clijsters.

valexie03
01-31-2007, 01:39 PM
Robredo, Federer, Hernych, Prieto etc.

Action Jackson
01-31-2007, 01:41 PM
Ros

safinaferrero
01-31-2007, 07:07 PM
Sure :devil:
Yeah Alex is a very nice tío :yeah: he was and will stay as the gentleman of the court ( at least for me :o)

you must be kidding me... Why u had a bad experience with Robredo? i'll ditto with Rosie he's a very charming guy :cool:

mangoes
01-31-2007, 07:09 PM
David Ferrer

almouchie
01-31-2007, 09:03 PM
lucky u
u you seen all these players

swisstruffles
02-01-2007, 02:38 AM
clijsters- always very engaging and nice to fans
justine- ditto
ivanovic- ditto

monfils- very nice to fans, entertaining player

andreev is apparently really shy with fans, and i heard that if u ask garcia lopez for a photo, he will blush.
robredo isnt particularly nice or anything, a few yrs ago i had a photo taken with him and he didnt say much, but maybe it was cos he had taken a few with fans already

not lleyton; hes so funny, he'll sign like 3 autographs and run off the back way lol

alexa18
02-01-2007, 03:59 AM
I remember meeting Safin at AO 2005 and I was suprised at nice and sincere he was :angel: He's not just the sexiest tennis player on the planet :devil:

Action Jackson
02-01-2007, 04:45 AM
:eek: you must be kidding me....

Well, nothing surprises these days.

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-01-2007, 05:24 AM
from who i've met... the french players... a coincidence since I don't like any french players as players, except Benneteau :hearts: he's good for me on and off I guess

MissPovaFan
02-01-2007, 05:28 AM
From who I've met I'd say...

Gaston Gaudio
Dmitry Tursunov

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-01-2007, 05:30 AM
I forgot Tursunov... him too :) I love him... thanks PauL! he's kinda weird, but in a cool way

MissPovaFan
02-01-2007, 05:38 AM
I forgot Tursunov... him too :) I love him... thanks PauL! he's kinda weird, but in a cool way

Yeah he's great :) I'll never forget his funny attempts to flirt with girls as he was practicing with Robredo at RG last year :D He was like a little kid as well playing school games with the racquet and ball :lol: He kept trying to knock over Tommy's racquet :lol:

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-01-2007, 05:41 AM
Yeah he's great :) I'll never forget his funny attempts to flirt with girls as he was practicing with Robredo at RG last year :D He was like a little kid as well playing school games with the racquet and ball :lol: He kept trying to knock over Tommy's racquet :lol:


lol! he could flirt with me anyday. If those girls brushed him off, they must not have known anyone besides Roddick and Federer. lol

MissPovaFan
02-01-2007, 05:47 AM
lol! he could flirt with me anyday. If those girls brushed him off, they must not have known anyone besides Roddick and Federer. lol

haha awww Dima is lovely fair play :) Always a good idea to watch a doubles match involving him late in the day :)

haha they didn't look too impressed but then again Olga spotted a group of girls who were shouting SHARAPOVA SHARAPOVA at Anna-Lena Groenefeld!

Best for me though was Wimbledon last year when some absolute legends were shouting OMG THERES LJUBICIC!!!!! (It was Jamie Delgado :rolleyes: ) :lol:

Gonzo Hates Me!
02-01-2007, 06:20 AM
lol, i have had some stupid moments like that... like I thought Kevin Ullyett was, someone else,,, or vice versa. I forget who I thought who he was, but the woman I was working with who worked at the tournament for yeeeeeaaarrrs and knew everyone personally was SO Mad at me because she knew I was so wrong, but she couldn't prove it because I was making her second guess herself and she was too afraid to call him by Kevin... lol

Xristos
02-02-2007, 04:14 AM
Safin, Fed Nadal

Xristos
02-02-2007, 04:15 AM
Ohh and me of course!

Sunset of Age
02-02-2007, 01:42 PM
Ohh and me of course!

heheh. As you've apparently met them all recently, I sure take your opinion very serious - and of course, you are the best of all! :D

Xristos
02-02-2007, 01:45 PM
heheh. As you've apparently met them all recently, I sure take your opinion very serious - and of course, you are the best of all! :D
Yeap!! :) :D


I agree about the clay.. VAMOOS!

cobalt60
02-02-2007, 03:05 PM
I have only been to a few tournaments but here is my list of active players:
At the tournie because of their relations/responses to fans :
Bryan Bros
Erlich/Ram
Ferrer
Blake
Gaudio
Gonzalez
Miryni
Younes-such a nice guy
Off site: Gimelstob ( who turned out to be a mensch afterall)
Gonzalez- who redeemed himself recently

safinaferrero
02-02-2007, 11:16 PM
Ones i had bad experienced or seen acting like shit:

Hewitt/Coria/Roddick :(

cobalt60
02-03-2007, 01:07 AM
Ones i had bad experienced or seen acting like shit:

Hewitt/Coria/Roddick :(

:awww: Except that I think there is a thread somewhere about bad experiences :scratch:

VolandriFan
07-12-2007, 12:07 PM
This thread is for discussions on the kindest players, as well as just the player's personalities in general.

I'd say that Guillermo Canas is one of the nicest players around. He may not seem that way from his on court demeanour or appearance, but he always has kind words for his opponent following a match and conducts himself honestly and beautifully in practically all interviews. I think that he's been nicer yet since his comeback, becoming a better person after all of the stress that he suffered from.

Others?

Burrow
07-12-2007, 12:08 PM
daniel koeller or however you spell it.

Deathless Mortal
07-12-2007, 12:09 PM
daniel koellerer or however you spell it.

:yeah:

Action Jackson
07-12-2007, 12:10 PM
Koellerer for sure.

Action Jackson
07-12-2007, 12:12 PM
Koellerer

Fapmeister
07-12-2007, 12:14 PM
daniel koeller or however you spell it.

http://www.copapetrobrasdetenis.com.br/galeria2006/bogota/14_daniel_koeller.jpg


Hrm. Never heard of him but he looks like the European version of Jesus so I guess he has to be a nice guy.


I expected lots of posts for Federer or Gonzo.

lazyman
07-12-2007, 12:18 PM
most players seem to be nicer people when there older and not being so intense about making acomplishments and trying to proove themselves

W!MBLEDON
07-12-2007, 12:21 PM
they're joking about koellerer. his nickname is self explanatory to his behaviour -- 'crazy dani'.

Sunset of Age
07-12-2007, 12:21 PM
Baghdatis.

The BBC commentors during Wimbledon speculated that if he wouldn't be such a genuinely nice person, he might have won quite a few more titles.

Sean.J.S.
07-12-2007, 12:23 PM
Federer I guess. :shrug:

VolandriFan
07-12-2007, 12:28 PM
It's hard to know with Federer. Sharapova manages to appear nice too ;)

Action Jackson
07-12-2007, 12:29 PM
they're joking about koellerer. his nickname is self explanatory to his behaviour -- 'crazy dani'.

I am joking about Koellerer, not.

Kolya
07-12-2007, 12:35 PM
Mats Wilander easily.

~EMiLiTA~
07-12-2007, 01:17 PM
most players seem to be nicer people when there older and not being so intense about making acomplishments and trying to proove themselves

so true!

i always found Alex Corretja and Albert Costa to be nice. Jeff Coetzee is also a REALLY nice guy. Hicham Arazi was cool too.. there are quite a few, but more often than not they are the older generation, as you say

or at the other end of the spectrum, they are also really nice before they become famous, when they genuinely appreciate the fact that people are supporting them when they're unknown. I found this with people like Tommy Robredo and Rafa Nadal

jayjay
07-12-2007, 02:51 PM
Igor Andreev & Nicolas Kiefer - both very accomodating guys. Andreev very modest to the point that even when someone tells him he has the best forehand in the game, he still doesn't over blow the potency of his best shot.

Fernando Verdasco seems to be a top guy too, happy to meet any requests with a smile on his face.