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JMac to Tim: Crack some jokes, will ya?

Tennis Fool
11-27-2004, 01:07 AM
McENROE WANTS TO HEAR HENMAN HUMOUR
John McEnroe insists tennis is crying out for new characters - and he believes Tim Henman is the unlikely figure who can come to its rescue.

McEnroe is urging the British number one to ditch his low-key and laid-back image to win the affections of more fans across the world.

The outspoken American showman returns to London next week as a wild card in the Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall.

McEnroe will be joined by household names of the past including Boris Becker and Pat Cash, but he fears the latest generation may struggle to build up a similar level of public interest as the stars of his era.

McEnroe said: "Tim is more of a personality than he lets on and I wish he would get himself out there more.

"He has a good sense of humour and he is good for the game. I think he just grows frustrated with the incredible frustrations put upon him.

"He is a top 10 player but the odds are still minimal that he is going to win a grand slam.

"It frustrates him that 99.9% of the people who criticise him have never set foot on the tennis court."

McEnroe is backing fellow American Andy Roddick and moody Russian Marat Safin to lead the challenge to world number one Roger Federer next year.

And he believes what the pair lack in ability against the Swiss star they more than make up for in the personality stakes.

McEnroe added: "Federer might turn out to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest player ever to play the game.

"The way he plays is beautiful and he is also a nice kid. He is not a personality like (Jimmy) Connors or (Ilie) Nastase but he is a great role model for the game.

"Roddick plays with a lot of power and will be very successful. He happens to be more of a personality who wears his emotions on his sleeve.

"And Safin is an example to me of a real character and personality and I just naturally go more towards those players."

With the senior circuit thriving on the back of legends like Cash's clamber through the Centre Court stands and a teenage Becker diving at the net, McEnroe says the current generation are missing a trick.

And he fears interest will continue to dwindle unless ATP chiefs make a concerted effort to promote the individual characteristics of those attempting to establish themselves on the tour.

He added: "The key thing for me is that the ATP get their act together at some level and get a campaign to make people more aware of these players.

"I think generally tennis has done a poor job with that and the players have to change their processes and make themselves more available to the fans and to the press."

jmp
11-27-2004, 03:46 AM
Thanks, Tennis Fool. I respect JMac's professional accomplishments. But, I have always disagreed with him on what he likes to call character or personality. I think the players should be who they are and play the best tennis they can on the court. I don't want a lot of theater and drama that's not a part of the actual game. I like it when players interact with the crowd at a spontaneous, humorous moment. I also understand when players blow up in the "heat of battle". But, I don't want it to be a regular thing like the antics that went on in the 70s. I think, on the whole, the men and women of this generation have attractive, individual, and distinctive personalities off of the court and competitive fire on the court.

Billabong
11-27-2004, 04:55 AM
lol;)

WyveN
11-27-2004, 06:07 AM
After suffering through an hour of Jmac's show, his the one who needs some help cracking jokes as the only time I managed a smile was when the credits rolled.

Neely
11-27-2004, 06:33 AM
I don't think that he wants to give a definition for personality. Like we all, of course Federer is also a personality (this should be clear anyway), but not of the same kind like Roddick and Safin who -as he calls it- "wear their emotions on their sleeve".

You can't say one is better than the other, it always depends on what a person/a viewer/a fan likes more to see.

I agree with most of his statements.

ae wowww
11-27-2004, 07:32 AM
I see Johnny's point of view, and it could be worth it, but I can't honestly see how Tim can suddenly start doing it.
Besides, despite being quiet, that may be the best way for him to concentrate and play well.

Neely
11-27-2004, 07:44 AM
but I can't honestly see how Tim can suddenly start doing it. Besides, despite being quiet, that may be the best way for him to concentrate and play well.
True, I agree with you and think that same about this.

Sjengster
11-27-2004, 04:15 PM
"So, I was down at the supermarket the other day, you know, and yeah, definitely, I was trying to shop to my strengths, but the checkout queue was just ridiculous, I've never, you know, seen something that bad. And so I complained to the management because, you know, I've always maintained that these places should themselves high standards, and I said that the service is terrible - to which the manager looked at me and replied 'You can talk, Tim!'"

Hmm... it doesn't quite sound believable to me.

McEnroe is right about Henman's sense of humour; anyone who saw Sky's coverage of the US Open and watched the little behind the scenes interview they had with Henman, Mac and Peter Fleming in the corridors leading to the lockerroom would have seen how much he jokes around, makes fun of people and can be quite sarcastic and cutting at times. But I'm not sure it's going to help him play better, unless mocking out his serve is the kind of therapeutic process he needs to start hitting it more accurately and consistently. Watch out for Tim's next sell-out show, BTW, in which he observes with wit and irony how hard it is to get the plastic covers off rackets these days.

RPH
11-27-2004, 05:16 PM
Tim is not a great personality and at his age it won't start now :rolleyes:

Still agree with everything else John said :worship: :)

Vass
11-27-2004, 07:07 PM
It's Henman's business.
You can't force a person to be lively, funny, entertaining, non-down-t-earth and all those things. I like Tim the way he is.

Tennis Fool
11-29-2004, 05:36 AM
"So, I was down at the supermarket the other day, you know, and yeah, definitely, I was trying to shop to my strengths, but the checkout queue was just ridiculous, I've never, you know, seen something that bad. And so I complained to the management because, you know, I've always maintained that these places should themselves high standards, and I said that the service is terrible - to which the manager looked at me and replied 'You can talk, Tim!'"

Hmm... it doesn't quite sound believable to me.


Actually, I heard he raps better ;)

kiro
11-29-2004, 06:07 AM
Tim does have great sense of humour. And after all he is British, I mean, British humour is different from French or American funny comedies. And IMO British humour usually comes together with sarcasm. :angel:
Some players have funny characters but that doesn't necessarily mean that they have sense of humour.