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Players That Treat Their Fans Well/Badly.....

adee-gee
09-21-2005, 06:22 PM
I'm just wondering whether anyone has any experiences, good or bad which they wish to share with us when they approached players. Personally......

Bad

1. Nicolas Massu - Signed no autographs and just barged a group of youngsters who wanted to talk to him out his way without a care in the world. I've also heard many others complain about him

Good

1. Andy Murray - Spent an age signing autographs and posing for pics with fans. I read a quote from him, that when he was 9 he queued for 2 hours to get Agassi's autograph but didn't get it. He said he remembers how upset he was, and now he tries to please his fans as much as he can.

2. Andy Roddick - Was extremely pleasant, chatted to me for about 5 mins (this was before he was top 10 material)

2. Rafael Nadal/Guillermo Coria - Both extremely nice guys.

PaulieM
09-21-2005, 06:25 PM
2. Rafael Nadal/Guillermo Coria - Both extremely nice guys.
what, are they all of a sudden the same person? :confused: ;)

adee-gee
09-21-2005, 06:26 PM
what, are they all of a sudden the same person? :confused: ;)

They were both equally nice :)

alfonsojose
09-21-2005, 06:39 PM
none of them wants to have sex with me, so they treat me badly :sad:

*Viva Chile*
09-21-2005, 06:43 PM
Nicolas always signs autographs to his fans when he stays in Chile ;)

Galaxystorm
09-21-2005, 06:45 PM
It depends on the number of fans the player has . For example when Federer was young and not as known as today could sign more autographs than nowadays .

When you are a star is more complicated to treat well the fans, but it isn't a matter of arrogance, but a matter of there are hundred of persons chasing you as if you were their Guru...

adee-gee
09-21-2005, 06:46 PM
Nicolas always signs autographs to his fans when he stays in Chile ;)

Maybe he only likes Chileans then, because thats certainly not the impression I got or many others that I've spoken to have got :shrug:

Galaxystorm
09-21-2005, 06:51 PM
2. Andy Roddick - Was extremely pleasant, chatted to me for about 5 mins (this was before he was top 10 material)

What did you talk about ?? About greenhouse effect and ozone hole ??? :haha:

alfonsojose
09-21-2005, 06:52 PM
Nicolas always signs autographs to his fans when he stays in Chile ;)
Nicolas, ya jugaste ya te vas ;)

adee-gee
09-21-2005, 06:54 PM
What did you talk about ?? About greenhouse effect and ozone hole ??? :haha:

Yes, yes we did ;)

It was at Wimbledon. I just told him I was a big fan (I'm not so much anymore). Then I asked him about the Chang match at the French Open, I said it was one of my favourite ever matches. Then he posed for a photo with me, gave me an autograph, and told me how much he loved the British fans at Wimbledon. 5 minutes was maybe stretching it a bit!

GonzoFan
09-21-2005, 06:54 PM
Fernando Gonzalez: he is very nice always signs autographs to all of his fans and takes the time to take pics with all of them ;)

Galaxystorm
09-21-2005, 06:57 PM
Yes, yes we did ;)

It was at Wimbledon. I just told him I was a big fan (I'm not so much anymore). Then I asked him about the Chang match at the French Open, I said it was one of my favourite ever matches. Then he posed for a photo with me, gave me an autograph, and told me how much he loved the British fans at Wimbledon. 5 minutes was maybe stretching it a bit!

Have you the courage to talk with Coria about how hot is his wife when you see him next year at Wimbledon ?? :devil:

GonzoFan
09-21-2005, 06:58 PM
What do you think about what happened yesterday at the Davis Cup Practice? I hear he requested a closed practice today. Does that bother you?

I couldn't go to see Gonzo's practice today because Nico said he wanted a private practice :sad:
all of this was because yesterday Nico looked so mad and kept throwing his racket and all the people started yelling things at him ... so that's why he said he wants a private practice today

savesthedizzle
09-21-2005, 07:03 PM
From what I've observed some players who were nice to their fans would be Robredo, Gimelstob, Nadal, and Ferrero.

I never even talked to Robredo (because I am ridiculously shy) but he started to recognize me around the tournament and would give me a smile and a thumbs up as he passed.

GonzoFan
09-21-2005, 07:04 PM
Well what did you think about what happened?

I know Nico always does the same thing ... but yesterday Gonzo was joking around and Nico was so angry with himself and yelling things and all that so I think that all the people was more happy seeing Gonzo smiling than Nico angry ... I understand Nico and know him but he behave really bad yesterday ... :sad: I didn't like his attitude

adee-gee
09-21-2005, 07:11 PM
Have you the courage to talk with Coria about how hot is his wife when you see him next year at Wimbledon ?? :devil:

:haha:

I saw Coria play Melzer at Wimby this year, my eyes were fixated on Carla the whole match :p She was at the other end of the court though :(

If I see Guille I'll ask him if I can kiss his wife :o

Papakori
09-21-2005, 07:16 PM
Nice:
Gonzo! He gave me a ball that he played with after he signed an autograph for me and I was really happy...
Grosjean - I thought he was really friendly as well, I heard somewhere he was mean to fans, but not to me
Tojo - :worship:
Jeff Morrison - Stayed and talked to lots of little children who were asking for his racquet

Mean:
Hmm, everyone I met has been quite friendly,
My friend asked Wayne Black but he ignored my friend apparently but I wasn't there so I don't know. Wait! Paradorn Srichapan, I think he was having a bad day, but that did not stop me from still supporting him :)

Galaxystorm
09-21-2005, 07:18 PM
I saw Coria play Melzer at Wimby this year, my eyes were fixated on Carla the whole match :p She was at the other end of the court though :(

Next year don't forget the binoculars at home :lol:

Eclectic Goddess
09-21-2005, 07:20 PM
I'd definitely put Younes El Aynaoui, Max Mirnyi, and Guga on the list of people who treat their fans well. Most of the French guys are also really nice.

Guillermo Coria can be nice, but in the last couple years I've found that he's less and less likely to stop for fans. I don't know if it's because of his rise in popularity or personal reasons, but it's disappointing.

Like any other person, players have moods, and some of them are friendly sometimes and will blow you off the next. Tommy Haas, Marat Safin, Feli Lopez, Lleyton Hewitt, and Xavier Malisse are among those.

Papakori
09-21-2005, 07:40 PM
Max Mirnyi,
I forgot Max! Very friendly :worship:

SwissMister1
09-21-2005, 08:17 PM
Grosjean - I thought he was really friendly as well, I heard somewhere he was mean to fans, but not to me

Sea Bass is a very nice guy, he stops to take pictures and stuff even when he has his kid with him...I don't know who would say he isn't friendly.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-21-2005, 08:17 PM
You chatted with Roddick:retard:?:ras:

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-21-2005, 08:18 PM
:haha:

I saw Coria play Melzer at Wimby this year, my eyes were fixated on Carla the whole match :p She was at the other end of the court though :(

If I see Guille I'll ask him if I can kiss his wife :o

:haha: Only to :kiss:?:p Nothing more?:devil:

*Ljubica*
09-21-2005, 08:35 PM
I'm not an autograph/photograph person at all, but I do go to a lot of tournments and I like to "people watch" - so putting aside my own personal likes and dislikes, I would say...........

NICE

Fernando Gonzalez, Jonas Bjorkman, Tim Henman, Ivo Karlovic, Younes El Aynaoui, Marat Safin, Juan-Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Gaston Gaudio - all of those regularly sign autographs etc and seem to have time for their fans and a genuine interest in them. And if I can mention one WTA it would have to be Kim Clijsters, who is probably the sweetest of all to the fans - especially the kids.

NOT SO NICE

Tommy Haas, Andre Agassi, Guillermo Coria, (WTA - both the Williams sisters :devil: )

NYCtennisfan
09-21-2005, 09:51 PM
I have found Gonzo, Moya, and Roddick all to be very nice.

oneandonlyhsn
09-21-2005, 09:53 PM
And if I can mention one WTA it would have to be Kim Clijsters, who is probably the sweetest of all to the fans - especially the kids.


Does anyone not like this girl, I swear she takes so much time for her fans, she even gets late because of yapping with fans. Myskina is a real sweetie too. Sadly I dont have much expereince with the ATP players, Fed is really good to his fans, he shares a lot of his personal life with them

disturb3d
09-21-2005, 10:06 PM
I'm just wondering whether anyone has any experiences, good or bad which they wish to share with us when they approached players. Personally......

Bad

1. Nicolas Massu - Signed no autographs and just barged a group of youngsters who wanted to talk to him out his way without a care in the world. I've also heard many others complain about him

Good

1. Andy Murray - Spent an age signing autographs and posing for pics with fans. I read a quote from him, that when he was 9 he queued for 2 hours to get Agassi's autograph but didn't get it. He said he remembers how upset he was, and now he tries to please his fans as much as he can.

2. Andy Roddick - Was extremely pleasant, chatted to me for about 5 mins (this was before he was top 10 material)

2. Rafael Nadal/Guillermo Coria - Both extremely nice guys.
Andy Murray and Guillermo Coria? You've been talking to the wrong people.

Chloe le Bopper
09-21-2005, 10:16 PM
Andy Murray and Guillermo Coria? You've been talking to the wrong people.
I was extremely impressed by Murray at the US Open. He was absolutely mobbed and was taking 5-10 minutes after his matches to talk to people, sign for them, and stand for photos with them. It was surreal (the attention he got, that is). One match he was still on court when the next guys came on :tape: He may act like a miserable git while playing, but that certainly wasn't my impression of him after his three matches that I saw.

As for Coria - I've never actually waited for Coria, so I can't say. I've seen him practice and play plenty of times, but never waited until the end.

Younes deserves to be mentioned multiple times. One time I was in Toronto and he had taken his first loss in 6 matches to JCF. He didn't play all that well. Regardless, there was a HUGE Moroccan contingent who had camped out behind his chair. He stayed well after JCF did to sign for these people (who were pretty much only interested in him anyways). He chatted with them, took photos, etc. Did I mention that he had just lost? Then as he went to leave court he got a huge round of applause, and turned around to wave and then wipe a fake tear away. Funny times.

disturb3d
09-21-2005, 10:29 PM
I was extremely impressed by Murray at the US Open. He was absolutely mobbed and was taking 5-10 minutes after his matches to talk to people, sign for them, and stand for photos with them. It was surreal (the attention he got, that is). One match he was still on court when the next guys came on :tape: He may act like a miserable git while playing, but that certainly wasn't my impression of him after his three matches that I saw.You were impressed by the fact that he's kind towards his fans, but acts like a snob towards the ballboys and audience? I think that makes him even less appealing.

ExpectedWinner
09-21-2005, 10:36 PM
I never could understand why people are asking for autographs. What are they doing with them? Once I saw Safin had to sign smth looking like a piece of toilet paper. He wasn't too thrilled about it and rightfully so. This and taking pictures with oversized women nearing midlife crisis must be the most annoying part of the job. :devil: I feel for them.

nermo
09-21-2005, 10:59 PM
I never could understand why people are asking for autographs. What are they dong with them? Once I saw Safin had to sign smth looking like a piece of toilet paper. He wasn't too thrilled about it and rightfully so. This and taking pictures with oversized women nearing midlife crisis must be the most annoying part of the job. I feel for them. posted by expected winner

:D :devil: 'll u please tell me how many bad reps u're gonna get after this post??

cobalt60
09-21-2005, 11:18 PM
Younes- I forgot to mention him, how could I? I was sitting having lunch at a practice court in Montreal and on he came. Watched him practice for awhile with a young Canadian player ( can't remember his name) and afterwards he signed for any kid wanting an autograph and there were lots. He signs with a Y three times the size of any other letter and then puts "his" smiley face inside. The Y has lots of curly hair/dreads associated with it. Too cool. And yes he chats with anyone willing to talk to him. Seemed like a very nice man but I don't think that I have ever read anything else about him from fans.

I guess the difference between why some are kind and others not is immaturity/maturity and egos.

Scotso
09-21-2005, 11:32 PM
Bad

1. Federico Luzzi - Behaved like an ass during his match. When someone asked him for an autograph, he laughed at them and left.

2. Nicolas Mahut - I tried to talk to him after he practiced and he looked and me and kept walking. He's a bad egg.


Good

1. Nicolas Lapentti - Probably the nicest tennis player I've ever met, was willing to chat with me and take a picture with me despite the fact that tons of hot blonde girls were waiting for him.

2. Karol Beck - Seemed shocked that I recognized him, but was more than willing to talk to me and take a picture with me. He also pumped his fist at me during is matches and smiled at me around the grounds. Really shy, though.

3. Paul Goldstein - A doll. He was talking with everyone on the grounds, totally hamming it up for people. I was trying to get through to talk to him when he started to leave with his buddies. Being rather insistant, I yelled at him. He stopped and talked to me and took a picture with me. Really nice guy.

4. Brian Baker - I'll put him here, but I'm not totally sure. He was the first player I met at a futures event, and he talked to me and took a picture with me, even though he seemed annoyed (he had lost his singles earlier that day though). But then I saw him later at an airport and he was really friendly then.

5. Bobby Reynolds - He was really nice. Always smiling, he seems like a really genuine and likeable guy.

basil333
09-21-2005, 11:38 PM
Nice

Mariano Zabaleta (obviously!) - he really looks after his fans. He has a degree in the subject.

papasmurf11
09-21-2005, 11:43 PM
Nice:
Marat Safin: He stayed for about 10 minuites after his practice session signing autographs and taking pictures. The security guard told him to go and he was like no no let me sign these last few. He was very tolerant of these little boys who kept asking for his autograph even though they were calling him Mark and not Marat.
Also Ferrero,The Bryan brothers,Robredo,Nadal,Verdasco and Grosjean all seemed very nice to the fans.

Chloe le Bopper
09-21-2005, 11:43 PM
You were impressed by the fact that he's kind towards his fans, but acts like a snob towards the ballboys and audience? I think that makes him even less appealing.
Yeah, because that's what I said and all.

LaTenista
09-22-2005, 12:00 AM
Maybe he only likes Chileans then, because thats certainly not the impression I got or many others that I've spoken to have got :shrug:

I saw him signing autographs and posing for pictures with people who were definitely not Chilean at Cincy this year. Day 1 of my blog if you want the details.

jole
09-22-2005, 12:08 AM
Good: Dominik Hrbaty

He has absolutely zero problems talking with fans and taking photos. He also on numerous occasions has actually given away tickets for awesome seats to his matches for his fans. He also recognizes your support and presence during a match in which you are supporting him, which in turn helps him play better too.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 12:09 AM
Good: Dominik Hrbaty

He has absolutely zero problems talking with fans and taking photos. He also on numerous occasions has actually given away tickets for awesome seats to his matches for his fans. He also recognizes your support and presence during a match in which you are supporting him, which in turn helps him play better.

Yes he does, he was really happy that some Czech fans and I were cheering for him during his loss to Horna in DC. He would look to us for support. He seems like a really nice guy.

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to talk to him, or ask him for a picture. I certainly could have, but I think it's really rude to approach players after they've just lost... especially when the opponent they lost to is Horna :rolleyes:

LaTenista
09-22-2005, 12:12 AM
Other nice players: Andreev & Dent (signed a million things for little kids).

jole
09-22-2005, 12:19 AM
Yes he does, he was really happy that some Czech fans and I were cheering for him during his loss to Horna in DC. He would look to us for support. He seems like a really nice guy.

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to talk to him, or ask him for a picture. I certainly could have, but I think it's really rude to approach players after they've just lost... especially when the opponent they lost to is Horna :rolleyes:

Yea, I mean, he might of chatted, but I know what you mean for sure.

I can also definitely vouch for what you are saying about Karol. It was back in early '04 when I didn't know much about him at all, but I saw him play Hanescu in Miami. I was in the crowd, and next to me was Hrbaty and his coach. It truly was an awesome moment being there. Karol got plenty of support, and he smoked Hanescu big time.

Via
09-22-2005, 02:10 AM
nico massu had posed with me for a photo. i even took almost a minute to adjust my camera, and he had to wait for me. he was ok. but then, it was before he rose up the rankings, became olympic champion, and all that. the pressure must have got to him then :shrug:

hrbarty had held a door open for me, coz he saw i had too many things in my hands and we were using the same doorway. he did look like a bellboy when he smiled :lol:

but of course arnaud clement is the nicest to me, coz i'm nicest to him! :) these things usually reciprocate.

PamV
09-22-2005, 02:25 AM
none of them wants to have sex with me, so they treat me badly :sad:
You have to dress sexier. :devil:

megadeth
09-22-2005, 02:28 AM
i haven't seen andre live, but i can tell on TV that he can be moody.

if he had a good win, he'll sign a few autographs
if he lost, he'll just walk briskly and ignore the fans

can someone confirm this?

Chloe le Bopper
09-22-2005, 02:48 AM
i haven't seen andre live, but i can tell on TV that he can be moody.

if he had a good win, he'll sign a few autographs
if he lost, he'll just walk briskly and ignore the fans

can someone confirm this?
Yeah, him and 95% of every other player that I've seen live.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 02:56 AM
Oh another good one:

Richard Bloomfield - Granted he isn't a top player, but what a nice kid. He had just lost a marathon match (to Bjorkman?) and still signed tons of autographs. There were tons of people watching the match and they all wanted to get his autograph and stuff. Even though he lost, he signed for all of them and smiled while doing it.

SwissMister1
09-22-2005, 03:15 AM
Oh another good one:

Richard Bloomfield - Granted he isn't a top player, but what a nice kid. He had just lost a marathon match (to Bjorkman?) and still signed tons of autographs. There were tons of people watching the match and they all wanted to get his autograph and stuff. Even though he lost, he signed for all of them and smiled while doing it.

That was Clement he lost to. Bloomfield's got a classic serve-and-volley game. I couldn't really judge how he reacted to fans, though, cause only like five people where there watching him play when I saw him.

SwissMister1
09-22-2005, 03:28 AM
While we are sharing Massu stories - I saw him using the urinal in the men's room under court 11 at the US Open, he gave me a bizarre bug-eyed look and left :) I don't think he washed his hands :)

Scotso
09-22-2005, 03:33 AM
That was Clement he lost to. Bloomfield's got a classic serve-and-volley game. I couldn't really judge how he reacted to fans, though, cause only like five people where there watching him play when I saw him.

Right, it was Clement. I have to admit I'm having trouble because I saw Jonas on that court one day, and I wasn't really paying attention to who Bloomfield was playing... he had us all pretty captivated.

Chloe le Bopper
09-22-2005, 03:33 AM
While we are sharing Massu stories - I saw him using the urinal in the men's room under court 11 at the US Open, he gave me a bizarre bug-eyed look and left :) I don't think he washed his hands :)
:scared:

Okay, that story wins.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 03:34 AM
While we are sharing Massu stories - I saw him using the urinal in the men's room under court 11 at the US Open, he gave me a bizarre bug-eyed look and left :) I don't think he washed his hands :)

Never shake his hand :scared:

Scotso
09-22-2005, 03:35 AM
Now that I'm thinking about it, I do remember Clement being there. I remember that he was on his cell phone after the match talking to someone, and people came up to him while he was on the phone, but he still signed for them. So I guess he must be pretty nice, too.

PaulieM
09-22-2005, 03:38 AM
i got an autograph from feli lopez and for the whole 2 seconds that it took he was friendly enough. amelie mauresmo is also pretty nice, kuznetsova was not that friendly :)

jole
09-22-2005, 03:41 AM
i got an autograph from feli lopez and for the whole 2 seconds that it took he was friendly enough. amelie mauresmo is also pretty nice, kuznetsova was not that friendly :)

Yea, Kuznetsova does not strike me as very friendly. Perhaps shy in foreign countries, dunno.

Fee
09-22-2005, 03:42 AM
No one should ever expect a player to sign or pose after a loss or a particularly bad practice (my friend and I had to tell a woman this at the USO, she was about to go off on JCF to us and we were not going to hear that). That being said, there are still some players who are willing to do that and I have immense respect for them when they do.

Now, all players have good days and bad days, and some of them are smart enough to know that they should stay away from their fans when they are feeling cranky. Also, some of the most popular players are only willing to sign in controlled situations (Andy, Roger, Andre) perhaps because of crowd safety, or their own safety or whatever. When Roger does decide to stop for his fans, he's usually very good about it and tries to sign and smile at everyone, same for Andy. Some of the guys really are just plain shy, so it is hard for them to deal with fans. Robby Ginepri is one of those and he will avoid fans and crowds as often as he can, but when he does stop for fans, he's usually pretty good about it. It's so cute to watch him just blush and say thanks every time someone says something nice to him.

I think we did a thread like this before and there some pretty good stories in there. Perhaps someone will be kind enough to find it and bump it up for us? :D

BlackSilver
09-22-2005, 03:44 AM
I never could understand why people are asking for autographs. What are they dong with them? Once I saw Safin had to sign smth looking like a piece of toilet paper. He wasn't too thrilled about it and rightfully so. This and taking pictures with oversized women nearing midlife crisis must be the most annoying part of the job. :devil: I feel for them.

Neither I. I cannot understand the utility of a name in a piece of paper.

Scotso
09-22-2005, 03:44 AM
The fact that Robby is just so shy and had so much trouble doing the interviews on center court made me adore him.

PamV
09-22-2005, 03:47 AM
Neither I. I cannot understand the utility of a name in a piece of paper.

I sleep with Roger's autograph under my pillow.

LuckyAC
09-22-2005, 03:53 AM
" And make it out to 'EBay' "

BlackSilver
09-22-2005, 04:14 AM
I sleep with Roger's autograph under my pillow.

Next time ask him for his dirty socks :)

Sparko1030
09-22-2005, 04:30 AM
No one should ever expect a player to sign or pose after a loss or a particularly bad practice (my friend and I had to tell a woman this at the USO, she was about to go off on JCF to us and we were not going to hear that). That being said, there are still some players who are willing to do that and I have immense respect for them when they do.

Now, all players have good days and bad days, and some of them are smart enough to know that they should stay away from their fans when they are feeling cranky. Also, some of the most popular players are only willing to sign in controlled situations (Andy, Roger, Andre) perhaps because of crowd safety, or their own safety or whatever. When Roger does decide to stop for his fans, he's usually very good about it and tries to sign and smile at everyone, same for Andy. Some of the guys really are just plain shy, so it is hard for them to deal with fans. Robby Ginepri is one of those and he will avoid fans and crowds as often as he can, but when he does stop for fans, he's usually pretty good about it. It's so cute to watch him just blush and say thanks every time someone says something nice to him.

I think we did a thread like this before and there some pretty good stories in there. Perhaps someone will be kind enough to find it and bump it up for us? :D

Thanks for a mature and thoughtful post Fee! :yeah: In a mixed up world where we put such high expectations on anybody famous and really all these people-professional athletes, actors, muscians-are all as human as we are, subject to bad moods, shyness, stress, and all asorted human foibles. We should enjoy watching them display their talent but keep them off pedistals that no one can live up too.

Chloe le Bopper
09-22-2005, 04:58 AM
I sleep with Roger's autograph under my pillow.
And rub it on your crotch, no doubt.

Eruwen
09-22-2005, 06:53 AM
No one should ever expect a player to sign or pose after a loss or a particularly bad practice (my friend and I had to tell a woman this at the USO, she was about to go off on JCF to us and we were not going to hear that). That being said, there are still some players who are willing to do that and I have immense respect for them when they do. Well said! :yeah: Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people out there who just don't get this... When I was in Rosmalen this year, I was at one of Tommy Robredo's practice sessions, and it was really bad, you could clearly see he wasn't feeling well at all... and there was this guy practically standing on the court waiting for Tommy to sign something :rolleyes:

I don't have a lot of experience with these kind of situations, but Robredo and Verdasco are very nice (ok, so that is a personal choice as well :o ), and in Madrid last year, Joachim Johansson was also really nice to his fans! After one of this matches, he literally went by everyone who was standing in line, posing for pictures, signing autographs. At one point someone he had already passed called him, and he went back to the person :yeah:

Personally, I think posing for pics and signing for autographs is part of the job, so players should respect fans... but fans should also respect players!

Kristen
09-22-2005, 07:32 AM
Now... firstly, I am aware that this is GM and you guys might never have heard of these people :angel: Of course, all of the guys in my signature have been friendly to me, or they wouldn't be there.

Jürgen Melzer: At first he can seem a little quiet, standoff-ish, but he's the type who is willing to stop and chat / sign / do photos etc. He's not that well known so, if you see him a few times, he'll remember your face. See my blog for more info :) (The biiig post)

Jonas Björkman: I have heard a couple of bad stories, but that's nice. It makes him human ;) However, Jonas is kinda like that cool uncle you have. The one who's heaps of fun, responsible when he needs to be but likes to enjoy himself and his sport.

Jim Thomas: Noone really knew much of this guy til ae_wowww came on the mtf scene :lol: but I found Jim in Adelaide this year, and he was so warm and inviting. Just a really lovely man. Take note of what he looks like, and track him down for a quick chat if you can. He's awesome...reminds me why I like tennis/players so much.

Brian Vahaly: Who? Does he still play tennis? ;) Brian is down to earth, and like Jim, very warm and friendly. He's just a regular guy who happens to play tennis.

Simon Aspelin: The first, nicest player I ever met, and/or had contact with :lol: (2001 Davis Cup Aus vs Sweden). After Bjorki pointed him out for a friend and I, we watched a practice session with him and some other random doubles guys I didn't know at the time, and then pretty much talked his ear off for 15 minutes or so later. haha! He was so nice to put up with us ;)

I would also like to put in a good word for Alex Bogomolov. He can behave like a bit of a jackass on the court sometimes (I haven't seen him play since last Jan) and I'm sure he knows it. But, once you get him off the court, he's a total pussycat :rolleyes: Really grateful for fan support and happy to have a chat.

Hmm...now you guys can probably see why I have so many posts in the "Times you've embarassed yourself in front of a player" thread :tape: (I have that thread in my Favourites! :tape::tape: )

mickymouse
09-22-2005, 08:02 AM
How do you define fans? People who are there for celebrity sighting and hopefully get an autograph or two that they can show off or worse, sell on ebay...are these considered fans?

mandoura
09-22-2005, 08:02 AM
I am a good friend to the ART's (Arabic sport channel) commentator. He covers all the Slams and some other important tourneys. According to him the nicest players are:

Roger, El Aynaoui, all the Spanish players, Coria, Gonzales, Marat, Ancic, Roddick, Andreev and most of the French players. He said that Roger is extremely nice with the kids. He once waited for 15 minutes or so until a kid fetched a pen because he didn't have one. Nadal, Moya and Ferrero were very high on his list with the latter being the nicest. Ancic, he said, was extremely nice with everybody. Same for Andreev.

From the WTA, he said Kimmie, Mauresmo and Pierce are out of this world. They are nice, sweet and charming.

mandoura
09-22-2005, 08:04 AM
I guess the difference between why some are kind and others not is immaturity/maturity and egos.

Very true. Actually, summing it up. :)

mandoura
09-22-2005, 08:06 AM
Yeah, because that's what I said and all.

Yes you did. I confirm it. :)

Kristen
09-22-2005, 08:13 AM
When I'm talking about fans, I'm referring to people who have a sincere passion for the game, and genuinely appreciate a particular players efforts on the court.

It is a poor choice of words, because when I think of 'fans' I tend to think of teenage girls screaming "WE LOVE YOU ANDY/THOMAS!" I tend to use the word 'supporter' more often than not. I know a couple of people who hang around tournament player entrances alll daaay looong to get photos signed, which they can later sell. I don't like what they do, lol, but I do like them :angel:

edit: This would also include kids, people who are excited about the game, etc.

adee-gee
09-22-2005, 08:22 AM
When I'm talking about fans, I'm referring to people who have a sincere passion for the game, and genuinely appreciate a particular players efforts on the court.

It is a poor choice of words, because when I think of 'fans' I tend to think of teenage girls screaming "WE LOVE YOU ANDY/THOMAS!" I tend to use the word 'supporter' more often than not. I know a couple of people who hang around tournament player entrances alll daaay looong to get photos signed, which they can later sell. I don't like what they do, lol, but I do like them :angel:

edit: This would also include kids, people who are excited about the game, etc.

Agreed.

And for the person who was having a go at Andy Murray, the thread was about how they treat their fans. And from my experiences he's one of the best.

Ferrero Forever
09-22-2005, 08:35 AM
Nice (No bias in this post either, and I mean it this time)
Verdasco-he was signing autographs and having a conversation yelling over the top of the crowd at me stuff like thanks for watching and thanks for supporting me. He's such a sweetie
Garcia-Lopez-totally great guy, he was in front of me at Ferreros match, and when the scoreboard broke down he told me what the score was, signed my hat for me and was chatting to me between games, he has a great sense of humour too
Lopez- just nice, can't say much more because I only spoke to him for 2 seconds
Ferrero- He appreciated the support we were giving him, and he spent so long trying to sign autographs for a huge crowd.
Phau- He signed for every person who wanted an autograph and was just so pleasant (I didn't get one from him, but the crowd was pretty small so mabye thats why)

Bad
Costa-well it was my first match and I didn't realise that you didn't approach players when they have just lost, and he walked out the other gate so he didn't have to come near me, but the next day I asked him again when he was watching someone elses match and he was fine. Then I realised you don't approach them after they lose, so it was my fault.

alelysafina
09-22-2005, 09:18 AM
Nice:
Mark Philippousis: really nice, met him about a year or two ago, really nice guy, signed for everyone, even after I told him he looked like a pirate :)
Robby Ginepri: Nice guy, was glad that he had so many supporters, and thanked us all.
Bryan Bros.: I've met them way too many times, but they're awsome! really nice guys, willing to take pictures and all :)

Mean:

Mardy Fish: although he did sign, he was walking away really fast, and you could tell he really didn't want to sign anything, but there were kids around, and I got a ball signed, This was right before his silver medal in athens.

Nikki♥
09-22-2005, 09:23 AM
none of them wants to have sex with me, so they treat me badly :sad:

:awww: :hug:

Mrs. B
09-22-2005, 09:28 AM
James Blake, in Basel.

Hubby and me and another friend were leaving the premises of the St. Jakob stadium and on impulse walked over to where he was, a few meters from where we stood, about to step into his service car (door was open) and he saw me standing there among teenies, asking for his autograph. :o he stopped and said he'll sign if somebody's got a pen. i borrowed from one of the girls and he signed my ticket. i told him i really enjoyed watching his game (first time i saw him live that year and even hubby was totally impressed) and he said, "thank you for coming".

this is only the 2nd time i had an autograph from a player (first one was from Roger in Gstaad) and like some of you here, prefers watching and observing them from a distance. but i'm glad i did. :)

Sommarsverige
09-22-2005, 10:24 AM
From my own experience the nicest guys are:

Jonas Björkman, he has to be mentionned first, because it is very fascinating how he is with his fans :) Definitely one of the nicest guys on tour :yeah:

Joachim Johansson Also he is always so nice and friendly with fans :) He always is willing to pose for pics for example.
Another very nice Swedish guy is Simon Aspelin, but from my experience almost all the Swedes are so nice to fans ;)

Other players who are always nice to fans are:

Fernando Verdasco: He is definitely also one of the nicest guys and also treating his fans very well
Guillermo Coria I know many people don´t like him, but I only had very good experiences with him and he was always very nice to his fans when I saw it.
For example this year in Hamburg, there was his fanclub for the tourney and they were waiting for him to leave the players lounge, he came out only to sign autographs for them and he was very nice to the kids :yeah:
Mariano Zabaleta
Gaston Gaudio
Guillermo Canas

Kristen
09-22-2005, 11:22 AM
Joachim Johansson Also he is always so nice and friendly with fans :) He always is willing to pose for pics for example.
Another very nice Swedish guy is Simon Aspelin, but from my experience almost all the Swedes are so nice to fans ;)
OMG I forgot PimPim! He's so tolerant of fans, even when they are critical of his hairstyle, and make him sit in the cafeteria while they take a pic of him (and his hair) to post on MTF! :hug:

Also, can't believe I forgot Wayne Ferreira :sad: and Max Mirnyi (and his dad). I hope to post more about Oliver Marach after January ;) I don't want to judge him on one meeting, although it was great! "I have this yellow fluid in my ankle!" Thanks Oliver. I'm a fan for life :tape: :hug:

Eve83
09-22-2005, 03:55 PM
Does anyone not like this girl, I swear she takes so much time for her fans, she even gets late because of yapping with fans. Myskina is a real sweetie too. Sadly I dont have much expereince with the ATP players, Fed is really good to his fans, he shares a lot of his personal life with them

Somehow I find it is way easier to meet WTA players than ATP ones. From what I´ve experienced Myskina is the sweetest player, if not person. Chatted with her for a few minutes, very polite and friendly, asked for a pic, she said she was in a hurry but would came back to search for me and she actually did. Camera was in a wrong setting and she was like "oh no...what´s wrong? Can you fix it? Oh no!" Fixed it and pic taken, she´s the best!

Either it´s me being stupid but ATP players mostly just pass by without stopping;)

Peta Pan
09-22-2005, 04:32 PM
Andrei Pavel - Well I became a fan through my experience in meeting him. He made a joke with me and was very obliging for a photo and an autograph. He regularly chats with fans after matches (although generally I am too shy to talk to players which annoys me greatly).

Sebastien Grosjean - When I got my autograph I had been waiting during his whole practice session. He noticed that and when he was signing for all the little kids that of course arrived late just for autographs, he was just about to leave and looked over and saw me and walked over to sign especially for me before leaving :yeah:

Simon Aspelin - LOVELY guy and chats for extended periods with fans - helps not being well known I guess ;) He also said I had a nice camera, so I think he's great lol

alfonsojose
09-22-2005, 05:18 PM
Nice:
Mark Philippousis: really nice, met him about a year or two ago, really nice guy, signed for everyone, even after I told him he looked like a pirate :)
Robby Ginepri: Nice guy, was glad that he had so many supporters, and thanked us all.
Bryan Bros.: I've met them way too many times, but they're awsome! really nice guys, willing to take pictures and all :)

Mean:

Mardy Fish: although he did sign, he was walking away really fast, and you could tell he really didn't want to sign anything, but there were kids around, and I got a ball signed, This was right before his silver medal in athens.
Mardy is a bitch. Since Roddick is sodomized now by JesusFed and Lleyton, he's even more :mad:

Lee
09-22-2005, 06:37 PM
I post this before but Kiefer was very nice in Scottsdale 2004.

This guy asked to have a picture with him and then asked his name. I had to bite my lips to stop laughing when I took the picture. Yes, his smile was very nice in that picture.

Experimentee
09-22-2005, 07:13 PM
Well: Hrbaty, Blake, Srichaphan
Badly: havent been treated badly by a player yet

enqvistfan
09-22-2005, 08:30 PM
According what I saw in some tournaments I attended :

Fernando Gonzalez : always smily, takes time to be with his fans

Mariano Zabaletta : I saw him behave this year in Kitzbuehl, and I often see him in Monte-Carlo and Roland-Garros. Always nice with the fans, he always accept to take a picture with them.

Alex Corretja : nobody mentionned him but he has always been a very nice guy with the fans and doesn't hesitate to chat with them

Carlos Moya : Cool guy, a bit shy comparing to Corretja !! But, always correct with people.

Gaston Gaudio : saw him many times in Monaco this year. Always nice and took time to take pictures and signing autographes. He could have been arrogant and not sign just because he was the French open champion.

Jonas Björkman : the nicest Swede I think. He always signs, talks with people. Two years ago in Paris/Bercy, I was watching his match and there was a man who was sitting next to me, at the end of the match, he called Jonas, and Jonas came to him, and they talked together a few minutes. The man was a supporter I think, he often sees him in the tournaments, and Jonas recognised him.

Thomas Enqvist : if he's in a good day, he's very nice. Last year, in Paris/Bercy, he came outside just after his match especially for our group of fans (who supported him actively). He took pics with us, signed autographes. He also gave us vip tickets for his first round match.

Tommy Haas : one of my friend is a big fan of him, and each time, she asked him something, he has been very nice. But, he has a strong temper, so if he's in a bad day, it can be complicated to approach him.

Vince Spadea : I saw him many times in Roland-Garros this year and in Monaco. In RG, I saw him talking with some fans, signing autographes. I have one pic of him and I think I'll ask him someday to sign it.

I could add Guga Kuerten, Paradorn Srichapan, Michael Llodra, Max Myrni, James Blake, Felix Mantilla..