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Who here on the board, has ever met a professional tennis player

Ray
12-08-2003, 02:35 AM
Which of you guys have met any players on the atp tour in person?
How are they like?
who do you think is the coolest of them?

What are your experiences with them, conversations? autograph?
Give me your story :D

Ray
12-08-2003, 03:29 AM
I haven't even gone to a tennis tournament yet
So maybe that's why I haven't met anyone :)

Dirk
12-08-2003, 05:54 AM
I met and talked to Roger, Moya, Kafel, Woodbridge (just got his autograph, he is the only one who wrote his whole name and yes its very clear) I got Safin's too, was going to talk to him but he was not in an good mood.

coolman
12-08-2003, 06:42 AM
only women, since there is a tournament nearby, but no men, i only meet them in my dream;)

Kristen
12-08-2003, 12:38 PM
Nicolas Escude - one of the first guys I actually met. I got his autograph after he won a match in 2002 Sydney (I think!?) and thanked him for beating Hewitt/Aus in the Davis Cup final. He cracked up laughing.

Jonas - Ok, you'll have to bear with me for this one. Keep in mind Jonas is my favourite player, and this took place in Davis Cup 2001. My first 'tournament', Aus vs Sweden. I cried when I saw the Swedes on court. Not much, but I got pretty emotional! lol and then after it all, Jonas came out signing autographs (after losing all his matches!) talking with fans, posing for pictures, doing it all. He was so gracious... mind you I didn't speak to him, I was lucky I didn't faint...I had to have my friend do all the talking for me! haha!! But yeah he was very sweet.

Tojo (Thomas Johansson) - Caught him after training...I got weird vibes off him... maybe shyness or being annoyed by fans, I'm not sure. It was Adidas 2002, he was knocked out first round, then went on to win the Aussie Open!

Simon Aspelin - THE coolest guy! Seriously... I first saw him training in Sydney when my friend from Germany pointed him out to me. A few friends and I went over to watch him practice, and when he finished, he stuck around for 15 minutes just talking to us, taking photos, signing stuff while other people watched, wondering who he was. Then in Melbourne a week later, I was sitting in a restaurant with my friend and his mates...and Simon walked in... For a half hour I was wondering if it was him or not! lol... but it was. I wished him luck as I left... tried to be least annoying as possible.

Wayne Ferreira - Nice guy! He wears daggy shorts sometimes... he seems quite passionate and has always been very friendly when I've bumped into him in the past.

Rainer Schuettler - Another top guy! I met him in Sydney this year, after losing doubles with Braasch (prior to his JCF match). He was kind enough to sign things and talk with his supporters. (not many at the time!)

Roger Federer - Met him prior to winning the Adidas International (in 2002?). He signed heaps of stuff, held peoples children for photos, did everything. He was very kind and accessible! Very polite too.

Niclas Larsson - Wheelchair player from Sweden. Spunky, good sense of humour, and mates with Jonas so he couldnt go wrong!

Todd Woodbridge - Met him in Melbourne this year when I asked him if he knew if Jonas would be making it to the Aus Open. He told me I needed to work on my Swedish accent a little! (Aussie girl, in Swedish hat and colours). Smart ass! But a real good sort.

Scud - stopped to read an sms from my friend, and to have my photo taken with him. I didn't take notice of how nice he was. I wasnt a fan really, but he was there so I figured I'd get a pic with him :)

Now I cant wait for the tennis in about a month's time :eek: I have my tickets already so it should be a lot of fun!!!

Kristen
12-08-2003, 12:41 PM
Sorry if any of that sounded like bragging. I didnt realise my reply was so long. I just get so excited by it all, you know?! lol... every month OTHER than january is all downhill for me! :)

*Ljubica*
12-08-2003, 05:53 PM
Ok - well like Bjorkman Girl I've met quite a few too, so I'll try and keep it to the ones in the Top 20 that people may be more interested in:-

David Nalbandian - my own favourite, because he is so nice and friendly and "ordinary" and not at all the agressive person that many people on this Board try to make him out to be - a real sweetie :)

Tim Henman - the real "typical English gentleman" - reserved, quiet, polite, but always pleasant and has time for people.

Sjeng Schalken - another quiet but friendly man - keeps "himself to himself" but always pleasant - his girlfriend is nice too (actually I think they may be married now).

Gaston Gaudio - always has a nice smile for everyone and very patient with fans - especially children.

Rainer Schuettler - yes I agree with Bjorkman Girl - "another top guy" - very friendly and normal - not at all conceited or arrogant - always smiling and chatting to people.

Andy Roddick - nearly didn't put this in because he's probably the only person in the Top 10 I've met (on more than one occasion) and didn't like at all, and I didn't want to start some kind of Andy argument in this thread. So let's just say I thought he could use some manners, - and no, I didn't think this because I don't like him - I don't like him because of the way he has behaved on the occasions I've met him.

Paradorn Schrichaphan - another real gentleman - quiet and well-behaved and has a lovely smile and lovely manners :)

James Blake - very intelligent guy - lovely smile too and seems genuinely interested in talking and meeting new people.

Hope this helps!

Catsou
12-08-2003, 07:34 PM
Ok, here's mine:

Moya: Was really nice with fans he signed for everyone even if it start raining...Charming! His coach seems also a great fellow.

Max Mirnil is also very classy...

Roger was a sweety, always smilling and charming. He took a lot of time to signed for everyone and was always very gracious with the journalists also he is very generous of his time (for interviews, signing sessions etc.)

Santoro is so cool...he was walking around without his shirt a towel around his neck chit chating with fans.

Guga and J-C are kind of shy. J-C did stop to sign othographs after his practice but not for so long he really seems inconfortable with the fans.

I agree Blake is a really cool guy, always smilling and joking around with others players and fans.

Sjeng Schalken I agree is a quiet man but very friendly and nice with people.

I also did not like Rodddick attitude and Hewitt was so not approchable he never stop to sign and was not smilling at all but he was very gracious with sick children later on. He met them during the tournement . He always do some stuff like that during tournements. The journalists always talk about his bad behavior but he must be the only one player spending so much time with sick children. He do it in almost all the tournements (he is the spoke person of a association for sick children)

I met other players but that's it for today LOL

michelleg
12-08-2003, 08:27 PM
Here's my list:

Arnaud DiPasquale: Met him on several occasions...very much a gentleman. We swapped knee scope stories in Spanish, as my French is poor at best. He peels off labels on beer bottles just like I do!

Arnaud Clement: Hmmmm. Didn't say much, just smiled. He was incredibly sweet to my son, who even asked for his autograph in French. Makes up for his foul treatment of ballboys (at least in my eyes.)

Hicham Arazi: Lovely, fun and always wants to know where the next party is...

Younes El Aynaoui: OMG he is absolutely charming! He made me feel like a young girl again on my birthday...said I looked "tres magnifique!" (I celebrated my birthday this past year in Montreal.)

Stefan Koubek: Nice guy, shorter than I had thought. Likes Eminem.

Magnus Norman: Dresses sharp off court, but seemed to be a bit on the immature side (especially on the dance floor...)

Martin Verkirk: I can't say enough nice things about him - he is just an amazingly mature and sweet young man. Not an ounce of conceit at all.

David Adams: Another gentleman! Exceptionally mature and personable.

Martin Rodriguez/Gaston Etlis: T-R-O-U-B-L-E....they are actually quite entertaining.

Gaston Gaudio: Nice, but rather aloof. Kind of reminds me of a fraternity boy, outgoing around the brothers, but quieter/to himself when alone.

and the best for last (for lack of remembering any of the others...)

Fernando Vicente: Very cosmopolitan, intelligent and matter-of-fact. Honest, charming and really quite an interesting person. Had the opportunity to share a piece of chocolate cake with him, where he did introduce me to another player (in passing, Nicolas Massu.)

I didnt write any of the autograph ones, because I never really get autographs except when my kids are with me, so there's probably a few more that I have "met," but not had the chance to have an actual conversation.

*Ljubica*
12-08-2003, 08:46 PM
Yes, I forgot to mention Martin Verkerk in my post - and just wanted to say I agree with every work Michelle says - a real sweetie :)

Shadow
12-08-2003, 08:53 PM
Marat Safin - very nice and cool with his Fans, signed and made photos for/with everybody who asked, very sweet and smiled a lot and made jokes :D very open and down to earth... not afraid to start a conservation. just a funny and charming guy!

Tommy Haas - idiot. very unfriendly... said he has no time and run off.

Alex Corretja - gentleman! as everybody knows him... very very nice guy and open guy :)

Andy Roddick - :tape: just bad attitude... "i`m the king and i`m not neccessary to do anything for the people" all the time.

James Blake - as already has been said... cool guy.

Nicolas Kiefer - seemed a bit shy , but polite

Magnus Norman - quit guy, but veryyyy sweet!!!!

Tim Henman - gentleman and smiling a lot

Thomas Enqvist - extremly nice! :) accomplished every wish!

Yevgeny Kafelnikov - was in a bad mood ;)

faboozadoo15
12-08-2003, 09:35 PM
here are mine
roger-- met him at about 1 am at this year's us open after his match against blake. he was really happy, and talked to a bunch of fans. seemed to enjoy it himself laughing quite a bit. he asked me if i was swiss, which i am but id never been asked the question before, and how much i played. somehow intuitively he knew he was getting to talk with some of his biggest fans... not many ppl would wait like that, i suppose.

james blake- right before roger. he was a really good sport for having just lost, but he seems stalker conscious all the time, and i couldnt blame him.

todd martin-- lol. i just thought this was funny. he's playing at the us open, and he has maybe 5 people (all with the giant tennis balls) watching his practice. he steps off the court signs 2, and then leaves the other 3 (about 15 seconds of work) out to dry. this woman cried, and i felt bad for her. but i didnt really care-- bc well, it was todd martin.

agassi-- i didnt meet him, but he gave off a nice impression. signed everything in sight as quickly as he could and got around to almost everyone. its hard for a player like him bc then some ppl go around telling others and soon he has way too many ppl to deal with.

paradorn and i had a short chat, and he seemed nice and has a cool autograph. one of my favs and there werent like 30 ppl around, so it was nice.

nalbandian waved to his fans while practicing, but he must have been in a hurry bc he didnt let them get pictures or sign anything.

i met hrbaty and some others as well, but ill limit it here... as the top players ive met and those who left interesting impressions.


some of the women in case anyone is interested... btw, i hate all of you who have gotten to meet monica seles :devil: :lol:

capriati-- met her in the lobby of the 4 season where my parents were staying. met her dad too. she was really nice and in a good mood. then again, who isnt when theyre at the 4 seasons?

conchita martinez signed and talked to fans through the fence-- she's pretty funny.

martina navratilova was really cool too. she signed a bunch and joked with everyone that she wasn't done with her workout after being on the practice court for about 3 hrs :eek:

star
12-08-2003, 09:47 PM
Thanks everyone for all your stories. :)

federerfan7465
12-08-2003, 09:53 PM
I met Michael Change and his brother/coach. Kinda quiet, just signed some stuff and went on his way. I like him though. Ive met Brian vahaly, my mom knows his mom real well. He really cool, funny, i got to hit with him! And i met Andre agassi like in '97 when i was about 8, i really wasnt a fan of tennis so i cant really say how it went. I thought it was semi-neat at the time.

joske
12-08-2003, 10:22 PM
No one's met Ferrero? 'Cause I'm gonna wanna meet you ;) LOL Mmmmmm sorry guys I'm being obsessive again.. *drool*

lizabeth..*
12-08-2003, 10:39 PM
every month OTHER than january is all downhill for me!

I feel your pain!!!!

I have met several players....

Hewitt - Wanker, my friend and I saw him at the casino last year and she is a big fan so she dragged me over and like he signed and stuff but he was really rude about it, but he had a chat with us (unwilliningly) and I told him I thought Marat was better than him.....I was drunk.

Marat - Semi met him in Sydney this year and then actually met him the next week in Melbourne. That man is seriously great when it comes to fans, always willing, and is seriously a funny guy.

JCF - Met him a couple of weeks ago, extremely shy and he DOES NOT answer to JC, lol, but a very nice boy he is.

Ancic - Now there's a quiet boy, seemed a little dazed that people were going after him but still, he spoke...slowly...very cute.

Moya - Nicest person I have EVER met!! I got a phone call from him and met him later that day. Suprised that he was not just like hi/bye on the phone but we actually had a proper conversation and he was so freaking nice and talkative and when I met him that afternoon he was very excited to hear that I was the girl from the phone. Bless.

Gaudio - Met him at McDonalds this year. Didn't actually know it was him at the time, but him and his crew were joking around ordering and the girl at the counter was getting pissed off so they turned around and asked me to order for them. I did and they walked outside, once I walked out side they called me over to sit with them.

Rochus (Olivier) - He leaned on my back by accident so he turned around and wouldn't stop apologising? I'm like "It's ok, REALLY"

Misha & his bro - They sat on either side of me in Sydney this year. Very nice boys they are..

Roddick - *moving on*

I think thats it *scratches head*

WyverN
12-08-2003, 10:45 PM
Hewitt - Wanker, my friend and I saw him at the casino last year and she is a big fan so she dragged me over and like he signed and stuff but he was really rude about it, but he had a chat with us (unwilliningly) and I told him I thought Marat was better than him.....I was drunk.


LOL! What was his reaction when you said that?

lizabeth..*
12-08-2003, 10:49 PM
He started at me for a minute, then raised his eyebrow at me...and then said "Yeah he's a great guy" So I raised my glass to him! :D

tennischick
12-08-2003, 10:55 PM
i have a friend who is ranked in the 1000's. does that count? ;) he is a very cool guy who is struggling to make a life as a professional atp tour player. actually he is a tad bitter bec he feels that he doesn't get any breaks. i've never once thought of asking for his autograph. i think he would faint from the shock. bottomfeeders get no respect ;)

WyverN
12-08-2003, 11:15 PM
i have a friend who is ranked in the 1000's. does that count? ;) he is a very cool guy who is struggling to make a life as a professional atp tour player. actually he is a tad bitter bec he feels that he doesn't get any breaks. i've never once thought of asking for his autograph. i think he would faint from the shock. bottomfeeders get no respect ;)

Is he well of financially? I always wondered how players in those ranks manage to survive on such a salary.

Catsou
12-08-2003, 11:21 PM
He started at me for a minute, then raised his eyebrow at me...and then said "Yeah he's a great guy" So I raised my glass to him! :D

LoL Liz you crack me up..I can't believe you said that to him that's hillarious and him answering yeah he's a great guy....LOL

qliz2000
12-09-2003, 12:29 AM
LoL Liz you crack me up..I can't believe you said that to him that's hillarious and him answering yeah he's a great guy....LOL

Ditto that
I can not believe that...LOL
:lol:

star
12-09-2003, 12:34 AM
And doesn't that show what a great guy Lleyton is?

A drunken fan says something rude to him, and he responds in a polite and gracious fashion. :)

ktwtennis
12-09-2003, 01:02 AM
Met many men...But I really haven't talked to many of them...I did talk to Mark's dad, and he was pretty cool!

michelleg
12-09-2003, 01:39 AM
Speaking of Dads, I met Feli's dad (or so he said, who was I to know) last year in Miami. I met Graydon Oliver's mom just after that. She's a sweetheart.

rassklovn
12-09-2003, 02:21 AM
Luckily I have met a few of the players, some of them have retired and others still playing.

Rosset- A very funny guy who definitely does his own thing, he was playing really bad and he saw me at one of his matches and asks me parles-tu francais? Too bad my French is limited to swear words and some other non essential words, but somehow I made a comment about his favourite football team which he laughed at. He still lost the match though.

Roddick- I agree with the sentiments expressed by other posters about him. He just seemed to into hmself and forgot to leave the arrogance on the court, nothing wrong with going out on court thinking you are going to win every match, but once off court no need to think that the world only revolves around him.

Meligieni- Very funny and always had a smile on his face.

Enough for the moment.

esther
12-09-2003, 04:36 AM
JCF- J-C did stop to sign othographs after his practice but not for so long he really seems inconfortable with the fans.


hmm thats at interesting way of looking at it, that he's seems uncomfortable with fans...but i think i'll have to agree coz he doesnt seem like he doesnt mind signing stuff and photos and stuff but yeah he seems so shy and maybe a bit too reserved and uncomfortable with fans. After training he signed all the autographs but when we asked for a photo even tho he knew we had been there forEVER he wasnt THAT willing but seemed more uncomfortable rather than less than willing?

JCF's dad- he was so nice!!!!!!!!!! Didn't speak a word of english but we managed to somehow communicate lol

Arnaud clement- We caught him just before his singles match and he didnt say nething so we were too scared to say nething LOL he seemed very focused and didnt want to disturb his concentration before the match but then we saw him after the doubles match was was hell of a lot happier coz someone gave him a chip :rolleyes: Lol

Feli Lopez- He was always in a rush and yeah dont like him very much lol

Carlos Moya- see Liz's

Phliippouusis- didnt really meet him coz i didnt want to lol but he was at training at signed absoluately EVERYONES autographs and posed for a few photos and gave a few little girls a hug which was realy nice

Amanda Coetzer- we were watching her train for about literally about 45 minutes and there SO many people watching and waiting for autographs but after she just pushed her way through and didnt sign any. Was mad. :(

Sebastien Grosjean- didnt really meet him but got his autograph and seemed really nice :inlove:

Alex Correjta- *sigh* such a nice guy. Told him we thought his bag was cool then he was like...oh i thought you said I was coool!! :( lol he so cute

--Hopefully tbc after AO!!!

prazz_m
12-09-2003, 04:52 AM
mine are pretty much the same as esther's i think....(well der...considering usually we're at the tennis together)
i've seen justine henin training but i didn't want to disturb...
i waved at nicolas lapentti but i don't think he even saw...
but apart from that mine are pretty much the same as esther's

prazz_m
12-09-2003, 05:42 AM
i just remembered that i've met xavier malisse coz he was doing this autograph session and this weird man who was interviewing him at the same time goes, "so would you like to be his girlfriend?" or something weird...or "would you like malisse's phone number?" strange man

azza
12-09-2003, 06:12 AM
omg i feel so :sad: for ppl who has talked to paradorn hes so ugly and scary :scared:

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:01 AM
This was more my friends experience than my own, but I'll add my two cents since I was there and all...

She's a HUGE Schalken fan; thinks he's just the hottest thing on the ATP, heh. So me and a couple people we were hanging out with (in Montreal this summer) waited for him to finish his practice so that she could go over and get a photo with him. He was quiet, but very polite... only a smal group was pestering him, but he took the time to make sure they all walked away happy, and took the photo with my friend.

The next day she decides to wait for him AGAIN, and he smiled and said "oh, you again.. yes, of course" when she asked for a pic.

Very nice with his number one fan, he was. :)

We ended up sitting infront of his gf during the match he lost to Zabaleta - well, my friend was there, I was only there for a set since I was following another match with greater interest - but in the 5 minutes or so it took Zab to finish the match, I gathered that she was a nice lady. She was asking about differences between Toronto/Montreal, and which was a better place to kill a couple nights and sight see.

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:03 AM
I didn't approach him myself, but after losing to Ferrero in Montreal, Younes stayed on court a good 5-10 minutes. Hell, I left before he did ;) He stayed there and chatted with his fans (there was a strong Moroccan support crowd in Montreal), smiling and laughing... on his way off court he got a huge ovation and he wiped away a pretend tear ;) Funny, funny guy. I've never been so impressed by a players character before, and would be surprised if I ever found anybody to top him.

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:06 AM
Those who said that Ferrero is pensive in crowds and seems to send of "get me the hell out of here vibes".... I agree. I attributed it to shyness... and just generally, not liking being hounded by 1232 people at once.

I've seen him deal with just a few at a time though, and he was much nicer....thus I assume that crowd size might be a factor.

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:07 AM
Do we have any GOOD Roddick stories? Surely we do? I've heard both very good and very bad things about him.... hell, I've seen a bit of both myself ;) I'd be interested to hear some of the good though, to counter the bad in this thread ;)

Action Jackson
12-09-2003, 07:08 AM
Well Rebecca did you see the classy thing he did in the Arazi match at TMS Paris?

After he retired he got on he mic and apologised to the crowd that the match was cut short because of his injury. He has always has time for people and in defeat he is even classier than he is in victory.

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:13 AM
Well Rebecca did you see the classy thing he did in the Arazi match at TMS Paris?

After he retired he got on he mic and apologised to the crowd that the match was cut short because of his injury. He has always has time for people and in defeat he is even classier than he is in victory.
I didn't get to see that, no, but I'm not surprised to hear about it :)

faboozadoo15
12-09-2003, 07:14 AM
i saw roddick practcing and over couple of minutes (water breaks and things like that) he would sign a few balls and hit them into the crowd.
and then when he was done practicing, i witnessed 2 girls getting their picture taken with him... one lifted up his shirt and the other licked him on the face :eek: and dry humped his leg. he didn't freak out or anything, but they sure ruined it for the rest of the ppl waiting bc after that he just signed a bunch more and left. i can't believe i forgot to talk about that in my last post... it was so hilarious... i heard brad mutter something,like "well that's what you get..." as in for what i assume he meant by andy being attractive... but im not sure.

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:20 AM
When I was at the US Open this year, I attended the first round doubles match between Jonas-Todd and Portas-Robredo. Not that great of a match, but they did play some fun points. Portas was definately the worst doubles player on the court that day...

Regardless, I was leaning against the fence opposite the side from where the players sit - so facing them. The exit gates for the players was behind the ump's chair, so that was also on the opposite side of the court from me.

About ten meters down from me was a group of about 5 Aussie's who would wave this gigantic blow up kangaroo and sing songs to Todd at every change over. They were amusing, but were pissing Robredo off ;)

When the match was over, they started singing again, and just as Todd was about to go off court he did a double take and decided to cross the court to sign for the guys. He stuck around for an extra 5 minutes to talk to people and sign autographs... I have some pictures of it that I'll scan one of these days. Jonas came over and joined him too.

I didn't speak to either, but it was a very nice gesture for their fans. I hadn't seen a player go out of their way to cross the court and sign before ;)

Fee
12-09-2003, 07:42 AM
I have a good Andy story.

I met Andy in 2002 after he got spanked by Agassi in San Jose. Despite that loss he was in a very decent mood, even joking that he was taught a lesson and he should send Andre a check for the tutoring. He was very charming and very modest and acted like a good kid who was just grateful to have such a fun job for a living. I was so damn impressed by him (and all the fun that I had at my very first professional tournament) that I started palying tennis again a few weeks later (and became a fairly obsessed tennis fan too). I met Doug Spreen and Jay Schweid (Andre's stringer) at the same tournament. I've seen Andy at a number of tournaments since then and its been different each time. I've seen him try to sign everything in sight, but the crowds are getting increasingly more aggressive and he gets more defensive when that happens. He also has more demands on his time, and I really think the pressure gets to him sometimes. I've also met his parents, Ginger, his girlfriend and her parents. All seem to be decent people, at least to the general public.

I'm lucky enough to live in California, so I can attend up to three ATP tournaments per year. I went to LA for the first time in 2002 and I met Nicolas Kiefer, who was a bit shy, but eventually talked to me a little bit. I also met Jan-Michael and his brother, and I wasn't really impressed by either of them at first, but JMG completely won me over by the end of the day and we've been friends ever since (hence the website). I saw Nicolas in Houston and Los Angeles this year and he recognized me both times and I was able to take a picture with him. A few others...

Justin Gimelstob: I know he's not very popular, but he has been very decent to me for the past year and always says hello and gives me a hug (his coach is pretty cool too).

Paradorn: a true gentleman, with great modesty and humility, very soft spoken and quiet, but full of gratitude for his good fortune and it just shows somehow.

James Blake, Thomas Blake, Betty Blake and Brian Barker: the whole Blake family are some of the most well-mannered and easy going people I've ever encountered. James can be a little pensive in large crowds, but he really does try to sign and pose as much as time allows. And Brian is very nice, some coaches just act like its the player's job to be nice, but Brian is cool too.

Mark P: seems fairly shy and somewhat protected, but I think he still wants to try to keep the fans happy. He also seems a bit nervous in large crowds, but I only saw him this year after Wimbledon, and I think that made him a little more relaxed.

Robby Ginepri: doesn't say much, probably a bit shy. I think Robby is still getting used to the idea that people recognize him. Just kind of blushed and said 'aw shucks' when I said "You stud muffin, you're in the top 50!' (that was back in Houston when he injured his hand).

Taylor Dent - didn't talk much, but he seems very nice and polite.

David Adams - doubles player from South Africa. One of the coolest people I have ever met at a tennis tournament. His coach too.

Graydon Oliver - very nice guy. Followed JMG's lead and tried to sign everything in sight, patiently telling people who he was.

Zach Fleishman, Robert Kendrick, Scott Humphries and Paul Goldstein: all of these guys normally play Challengers, but they were all very nice, happy to chat for a few minutes, and I have to admire anyone who can put up with the rough life of the minor leagues.

There are more (I'm basically not afraid to walk up to just about anyone if I have something fairly intelligent to say), but I'm beat and I can't remember who they are right now. Besides, I've probably bored you already!

Fee
JanMikeTennis.com

Chloe le Bopper
12-09-2003, 07:55 AM
I never really was a Gambill fan, leading into my three days at the tennis masters series Toronto, 2002. He wasn't there to play singles since his ranking had dipped too low at the time, but he did turn up to play some doubles (I think he was playing with Graydon Oliver, but might be mistaken).

I caught him on the practice court... again, I didn't approach him. I generally don't bother approaching players, because really, I don't have anything much to say ;)

But out of all the players I saw that year I was most impressed with how he delt with his fans. He made time for all the people who wanted photos, and chatted with them, answering their questions. They were mainly young girls, and I'm sure that he just absolutely made their week by giving them the time of day.

I've always been a bit fonder of him since that afternoon :)

lizabeth..*
12-09-2003, 08:02 AM
And doesn't that show what a great guy Lleyton is?

A drunken fan says something rude to him, and he responds in a polite and gracious fashion. :)

If my memory serves me correctly, which it does....I believe there was nothing polite and gracious about his conversation with my friend and I, it was hardly rude, I was just stating my opinion. lol

Kristen
12-09-2003, 08:39 AM
I have a good Andy story.

Justin Gimelstob: I know he's not very popular, but he has been very decent to me for the past year and always says hello and gives me a hug (his coach is pretty cool too).

Fee! Your avatar pic! Look where your hand is *drools with jealousy* haha yeah I'm sane... I'm nearly 22 but still I go weak at the knees when I think of how toned some of those tennis guys are! lol ;)

About Justin, I met him once this year. I'd thought he was a total ass after seeing him have a tantrum during a match on tv, but then when I spoke to him (about once playing with Jonas) he was totally nice! Very friendly! I think Icould support him as a person, but if he's as fiesty as people say he is on court, I think I'd find it tough to watch him play many matches! ^_^

***And though Jarkko is my avatar picture, I haven't actually spoken to him, or attained an autograph. Sure, I've hunted down his training partner Enqvist and sat about a metre behind him in a doubles match (where I was nearly knocked out by Johan Landsberg almost tumbling over the fence! A great, adrenalin pumping match!!), but I never got into him til after he left the country. Dammit! Thank goodness the Aussie tennis season is almost upon us!

Kristen.

heya
12-09-2003, 09:12 AM
:banana: : :rolls: @fab's :angel: story

Minimum_Chips
12-09-2003, 11:03 AM
JCF-
Amanda Coetzer- we were watching her train for about literally about 45 minutes and there SO many people watching and waiting for autographs but after she just pushed her way through and didnt sign any. Was mad. :(



You may have been unluckly because at AO 2003 she took lots of time and signed autographs for EVERYONE, and was very nice and smiley. :D

Minimum_Chips
12-09-2003, 11:09 AM
i met hrbaty and some others as well, but ill limit it here...

HRBATY THE DOMINATOR! :worship: Please don't limit your details. Tell us about him. He signed an aoutogerah for me once, and said thankyou when i told him he was my favoutire player. :p

esther
12-09-2003, 11:13 AM
omg i feel so :sad: for ppl who has talked to paradorn hes so ugly and scary :scared:

are u serious?! thats SO mean!!

esther
12-09-2003, 11:18 AM
You may have been unluckly because at AO 2003 she took lots of time and signed autographs for EVERYONE, and was very nice and smiley. :D

really?!! awww well she's my favourite womens tennis player...shes the ONLY womens tennis player i actually like and i was really disapointed but neway we were watching her on the FIRST day and it was like after all the matches had finished and there were SO many people there but it was really embarrassing coz we were sitting at the front adjacent towards them and my friend was like...whos that? And sometimes i'm louder then i realise loool and i go LORI MCNEIL...and her and Amanda heard and started laughing at me ohhhh the embarasment.

Experimentee
12-09-2003, 01:53 PM
Amanda Coetzer was very nice and signed all autographs when i saw her too.
Though I dont call it "meeting someone" unless I have an actual conversation with them...some people seem to think watching someone not sign an autograph counts as meeting them.
I've got autographs from lots of players but not actually spoke to them. I never really know what to say. Anyway since we are talking about players signing autographs...

I have seen Gambill being really nice with fans, after his practice he stayed and made sure every person watching got an autograph or a photo. Hes got a good reputation for that. We call him "Fan Michael Gambill".

Dominik Hrbaty was also one who signed everything in sight :worship:

Xavier Malisse refused his fans autographs at his practice session I think he coach stopped him and made him practice, so he said "after the match", then after the match he only signed a few and walked off.

maratski
12-09-2003, 01:58 PM
Does just taking pics and asking autographs count?

I've got my pic taken with Gasquet (twice), Myskina, El Aynaoui and with Verkerk and Sluiter. I had taken a pic with Nieminen too, but that one didn't come out :sad:
I've got autographs of Kafelnikov, Gasquet, Capriati, Nieminen and Llodra.
There's plenty of players who I've just seen, but didn't talk too.

michelleg
12-09-2003, 02:01 PM
OK autograph story....

Delray Beach, 03, was with my son (qualie weekend). He recognized Jan-Mike from pictures I have here and wanted his autograph. We started walking over to him and some typical eastcoaster (accent gave it away) was yelling "Oh my Gawwwwwd, it's Jan-Michael Gambill..." and was practically assaulting him as she attempted to get her picture taken with him (ok she was old enough to be my mom.) When Jan-Mike saw my son patiently waiting with the monster tennis ball, he politely untangled himself and excused himself from the fan from hell and walked over to my son, smiled and asked him if he wanted an autograph. Robbie was so excited! He chatted with my son for a bit. Robbie was proud that a professional tennis player would pay attention to him.

Jan-Michael is a gem. He really goes out of his way to make the kids happy.

Autograph story #2

Nicolas Kiefer, Delray Beach 2003. My son decides that he wants more autographs on the monster tennis ball, so we head over to center court where most of the higher ranked players are practicing (quallie weekend.)
Nicolas is leaving the court, so Robbie sidles up to the fence and looks at me and asks "What language does he speak, Mom?" I responded that since I didn't know German and know that Nicolas speaks French, he could ask him in French. He turns to ask Nicolas and Nicolas responds (in English) "You can ask me in English." So he does, but by that time, his trainer has started a massage (!in front of me!) so Nicolas tells him that he will sign in a moment. Peter Luczak then walks over, Robbie asks him for an autograph without adding the "please," so I remind him. Peter then looks at me and says "Ease up Mum." He signs and calls Robbie his "mate" which thrills him to no end. Nicolas is done by this time, so Robbie gets Nicolas' signature and some signed postcards.

I liked the massage part. Nice distraction.

Have I totally bored everyone to death????? Theres plenty more, like the Arnauds clowning around with their coach, Remi. (Entertaining my rugrat immensely) Remi was picking up petit Arnaud (Clement) and acting like he was going to dump him in the garbage (empty) receptacle...they kept that up for at least 20 minutes, which provided lunchtime entertainment for my son.

star
12-09-2003, 02:09 PM
Those were nice stories, Michelle. :)

Smart move to take a little boy with you. ;)


(that was just a joke)

michelleg
12-09-2003, 02:29 PM
Yup, too bad that I had to endure 46 hours of excruciatingly painful back labor in order to have one at my permanent disposal.

LOL.

He wants to be a ballboy there in 2004. I dont know if anyone will even be at Delray next year (a tourney in South Florida in the height of hurricane season, who is smoking the evil weed over at the ATP???)

star
12-09-2003, 02:48 PM
You have to admit it's a small price to pay to have a handy attraction for tennis players. :)

Yeah. Delray got the shaft. I hope he is a ball boy. I love watching the ballboys/girls. That's one of the best things about going to a live tournament. Sometimes they do such goofy things. And some of the little ones are the most earnest and responsible.

Kiara
12-09-2003, 04:59 PM
Here are mine:

Olivier Rochus: The first time I met him was in Marseille: He's too adorable for words...he's very small!...but a really really nice guy, he smiled and laughed and chatted to everyone. He's very animated when he talks ! and he's do down to earth- you could never tell that he was a pro tennis player! I had my jacket tied around my waist and when I turned to leave, it fell to the ground, he picked it up and pretended to throw it away! I also met him at Wimbledon this year where he beat Coria, I said "félicitations Olivier" he took one look at me and said "Je suis sûr que vous êtes heureux que j'aie gagné", or something to that effect- (I had blue and white stripes on my face!!!) laughed said "merci, merci beaucoup" and gave me a hug!

Gasquet, before his match against Lopez in Marseille: I wished him luck, he probably didn’t hear me there were so many people behind him pushing, but he just smiled and nodded! He was shouting across to some guy I couldn’t see who, he was saying he needed to go back and change because his shorts were ripped! Some big guy came and pushed the crowd away for him and he went back to change.

Karol Kucera in Marseille: Kept shifting his bag from one shoulder to another and looked like he needed the little-boys-room URGENTLY, nevertheless signed, smiled merci'd and left!

Got to shake Escude's hand and got a hug from Olivier Mutis in Marseille as well!!!


Andy Roddick @Wimbledon: I was standing with a bunch of girls who were waiting for his autograph and naturally he assumed I wanted one too so when he came over they squealed like pigs, he signed for them and looked at me, I shook my head (I was waiting to see Srichapan), gave me a big fat grin pointed to my sunglasses and said "nice shades" and walked off!!I saw him alot during that week and whenever i saw him he was always signing for people, whist walking whilst talking on the fone etc. He seemed nice enough to me, but then again that was the "before" Andy.! and my friend who met him in Nottingham said he was a decent bloke as well.

Srichapan @Wimbledon: Really really nice but soft spoken, and seemed al little shy or maybe he was just tired. He's soooo tall and has an awesome tan!!! Said thank you very much when I told him good luck!

Nadal @ Wimbledon: Had the biggest smile on his face, he had just stopped practicing- his hair was dripping with sweat (he made little pools on the ground) he wouldn’t hug or touch the 3 French girls that were smothering him because he was so sweaty but gingerly signed their books with his elbow lifted so that the sweat wouldn’t touch the book!! Some one came over and handed him about 4 bottles of water and he dropped them all on the floor and the French girls scurried to pick them up, each in a different direction...Nadal laughed and gave them each 1 and took one and left with the water dude - I didn’t get his autograph or anything I just watched, amused, from afar! I blew him a kiss, I was just joking with a friend of mine I didn’t think he was looking but he smiled, waved!!!!

Schalken @ Queens: Really polite and articulate, speaks PERFECT English!! I was a fan ever since! He gave my mom a hug!!!!!!! And smiles at everyone all the time!

Lleyton Hewitt at Queens: Just signed and left didn’t even look up!

Younes walked past at Queens, poured water on his head and shook it violently, the water sprayed everywhere and all the people were delighted, me included!!!

Davide Sanguinetti on the beach in La-Santa, Lanzarote- he was with about a dozen friends- I was so surprised to see him there and was was DYING to go over and say ....something! and I begged my friends to come with me so we walked unto them about 4 times and all 4 times I chickened out and went running back …eventually my friends got bored (they are SO not supportive lol) and about 20 minutes later he comes upto us with another guy pointed to our surfboards and asks us (in spanish) if we knew where the best place to rent jet ski’s was (we did!) and we gave him directions, and he asked us if we were locals (we said no and he asked us where we were fron etc....)and if the one’s who were surfing at 8 in the morning (we were!!) and he said “very nice girls, but are you mad?!”(In English), laughed, and his friend asked us about surfing “is it easy” “how long have you been doing it etc.” and said that he’d like to try it. Davide asked us when we were leaving, so we replied we were flying to Rhodes and he said, “have fun and don’t go surfing in the early morning, crazy girls”!!! I wanted his autograph but didn’t have anything for him to sign so he signed the label of my beer bottle and gave it to me…I lost it en route to Rhodes!

Met Wayne Ferreira at a restaurant in Sydney two years ago my dad went over and shook his hand and started talking to him

Ive also met Marc Rosset, Goran who shook my hand so hard it hurt for hours!Petr Korda, Gabi Sabatini , Lindsay Davenport,Rita Grande, Vijay Amitraj and his son Prakash,and Todd Martin's wife(whats her name? Anne?Amy? whatever..she was SO rude!!!) and Greg Rusedski's wife(she's a bit air-heddish!)

Catsou
12-09-2003, 06:02 PM
Someone have some story with Marat? :D :D

faboozadoo15
12-09-2003, 09:40 PM
when i met hrbaty, i didnt really know who he was. he was very friendly. i met him when i was waiting for roger, and hrbaty had just been beaten by malisse. malisse saw a bunch of people waiting for players, and he ran right through the crowd, which was kind of odd-- but i dont judge ppl. it was late. so then hrbaty comes out and has fans recognize him, to which he is made about as happy as if he had won his match, and he chats and takes pictures... he was really nice.

thanks for the compliment on the andy story, lol... it was a pretty easy story to tell... u dont 4get stuff like that!

Chloe le Bopper
12-10-2003, 01:02 AM
Though I dont call it "meeting someone" unless I have an actual conversation with them...some people seem to think watching someone not sign an autograph counts as meeting them.

I agree... which is why I made it clear that I didn't talk to any players in my stories. I only bothered to share them because other people had done the same.

Frankly, I wouldn't have anything to say to them :)

Fee
12-10-2003, 06:47 AM
Fee! Your avatar pic! Look where your hand is *drools with jealousy* haha yeah I'm sane... I'm nearly 22 but still I go weak at the knees when I think of how toned some of those tennis guys are! lol ;)

About Justin, I met him once this year. I'd thought he was a total ass after seeing him have a tantrum during a match on tv, but then when I spoke to him (about once playing with Jonas) he was totally nice! Very friendly! I think Icould support him as a person, but if he's as fiesty as people say he is on court, I think I'd find it tough to watch him play many matches! ^_^

Kristen.

:angel: Heh heh, yeah I have a joke with JMG about that rock hard stomach of his. I don't think I'll be allowed to rub his abs anymore, he's a little ticklish. Besides, our relationship is all about the tennis, and my serious tennis website... :rolleyes: (And I love the Fan-Michael Gambill nickname!)

Justin is very intense on court, believe me, I've been told stories. He had a very good week in San Jose this year and I think it made him mellow.

And I agree, saying that you've met a player includes a conversation and encounter longer than 30 seconds or so, not just the time it takes for a picture and autograph. I usually don't even ask for pictures until the end of the conversation, and half the time I forget to get signatures in my ATP media guide.

Michelle, I love your stories about your son meeting players. These are priceless experiences for him, lucky guy.

This is a great thread, let's have more!

JeLuliA88
12-10-2003, 08:59 AM
Here's my list (meet them all @ this year's Aus Open)

Ferrrero > Nice, but very shy, we exchanged hellos and got an autograph. Didn't get to talk to him much cos there were so many people watching him practice with Carlos Moya. Oh and it was good seeing him changed shirts, like 5 times! Oh and he gave his shirt to some Japanese media thingy when they came on court.
Safin > He was just downright annoying, wouldn't sign any autographs on the first day... but i managed to shove the book in his face on the 2nd day and he had no choice but to sign it... he stole my marker but eventually gave it back to me. I doubt that he was in a bad mood, i mean 2 days in a row???

Andy Roddick > Hmmm.... what can i say about andy? He's pretty accessible for autographs but doesn't really stay behind to chat after practice sessions. I don't blame him, why would anyone stay behind when there's a hundreds of groupies screaming in your ear???

Roger Federer > He's probably one of the nicest guys you can meet, he signs alot of autographs and spends quite a while chatting to fans... so does James Blake, he spent 20 minutes after his practice sessions signing autograph, whatta a sweet guy.

Paradorn Scrichaphan : I chatted with him for a while, although just before that he snapped at a guy for asking for an autograph before his session was finished. But he apologised afterwards.

Carlos Moya > Very quiet but nice, smiles

Others i've met or got autographs--> Wayne Ferreira, Chela, philippoussis, schalken, canas and some others that i can't remember. (Chela was a little rude otherwise everyone else was very cool)

The only downside to the day was i didn't bring a camera, so there were no photos for me :(

I sooooo cannot wait till Janurary, it's gonna be so much fun! That's all from me. Enjoy!

tennischick
12-10-2003, 09:47 AM
Is he well of financially? I always wondered how players in those ranks manage to survive on such a salary.
no he struggles financially. he supplements his income by working as a tennis instructor. nothing kills your game like having to play constantly against people who are so much worse than you. so i don't have much hope for him for the future.

Kristen
02-18-2004, 06:17 AM
Alexander Popp, in between Jurgen, Joachim, Lars and Tomas>>>
This is from Sydney. I caught up with alexander again in Melbourne, but I'll write more about that later if its really necessary.

Jurgen Melzer and Joachim Johansson. Training together. I saw the bandanna, and I lost it. Was it Lopez? No, his hair was too perky for that! Chris had a Swedish flag around her, and mine was just hanging from my bag. Yet, I was more excited about Jurgen!

You should have seen me go psycho when I saw Popp. I was watching Jurgen and Joachim, and I saw this tall guy coming towards the courts with a Wilson bag. I said to Christina "Omg... is that alexander popp. It is! It's Alexander! Basically my reaction was this: *huge gasp!* *jump in the air once – subtle* and I shook my hand a little. I didn’t look as pathetic as I sound, but I was so happy to see him there! He came over and started talking to Jurgen :)

While Popp was STILL training, I got a photo between Lars B and Tomas Behrend. Both trained without their shirts. I was pleased. It was pretty funny, I had a page marked, with a little story on Lars, and Tomas came up and took the pen! Presumptuous!!! Hehe… I had no page for him!

I waited about 1hour and a half for Alexander to finish training! When he came back, I said 'excuse me Alexander, would it be ok if I got an autograph...and a photo with you?’. He said "Sure...where would you like me to sign (half of the page...or all of it) so I said the bottom. Then we had the photo. I put my arm around him and he said "sorry...I’m so sweaty!" Lol I didn’t have a problem! He was so happy!"See you later :)" Oh…and I asked him if it was ok for him to bend down a little, and I’d stand on my toes in the picture ^_^ He thought that might be a good idea and laughed. Not that I’m tiny, at 165cm ish… but still - it’s like Karlovic, when they get closer, they seem taller. He was so considerate of my height! ;)

Peta Pan
02-18-2004, 09:44 AM
Hey Kristen, you've dug this thread out of nowhere - previous post was about 2 months ago... hehe I know how excited you are about your Popp meetings though ;)

My experiences are mostly not conversations but I get very good vibes from a lot of players.

Simon Aspelin has been my best experience at last years Australian Open, I was with Kristen and another friend and they had 'met' him in the Sydney tournament beforehand so he stopped after training and chatted with us for quite a few times - lovely, lovely, lovely guy!!! Oh and this year when I got another photo with him he said I had a nice camera!!! Anyone who praises my camera gets top marks because I love my camera!

Jonas Bjorkman - It was around 1999 but I'm not certain. I was sitting with my sister at a Thomas Johansson match and looked across and saw Jonas sitting in the crowd with a few friends. I started shaking because he is my favourite player and every change of ends I wanted to go and get his autograph but I kept chickening out... eventually I did it and he was lovely. Then I asked if I could take a photo of him and he said sure - can't believe the photo turned out considering how much I was shaking!!! This year I AT LAST got my photo taken WITH him (thanks Kristen!!!)

Sebastien Grosjean - didn't really have a conversation other than saying thankyou and good luck but it was a good experience. I had been waiting for him to finish training for AGES and I was the only one there to start with. By the end of the training session all the young teenagers had arrived and I thought my chances of an autograph would be ruined, but after signing for a while he suddenly looked over at me and remembered that I'd been there for ages and walked across everyone else especially to sign my book before leaving.... I was SOOOO happy!!!!!!!!!

Jerome Golmard - got an autograph and pnoto with him after his final qualifying match at this years Australian Open. He was friendly and obliging even after Kristen told him 'not to take it the wrong way, but I never realised you were that good' :p His coach was nice too - Kristen talked to him, I don't really know what to say to them while she does!

I got JCFs but it was at a FanFest tent where there are hundreds waiting and you have to move along quickly - at least I got the autograph. I have heaps more autograph but they're the ones that stand out as good experiences :)

Just a comment to add about Dominik Hrbaty (I have his autograph but haven't spoken to him other than a thankyou), but I was really impressed with him at this years Aust Open. After the match that he lost to Grosjean he made a special trip to a corner of the court and reached up to slap hands with a handful of supporters that had been cheering for him all night.... I remember things like that - he's a good guy :)

:)Peta

Kristen
02-18-2004, 10:05 AM
LOL! I was telling Flora about my Alexander Popp experiences, and was doing a search on wheelchair tennis when this thread appeared. I'll write more when I get around to it... I'm just trying to jot down everything that happened over the wheelchair aus open. OMG when your comp is fixed, we're gonna have some exciting stuff to talk about :) (I hope!)

Seeya!

Action Jackson
02-18-2004, 10:09 AM
Thanks for that story pj about Hrbaty, I have heard good things about him and this has helped confirming that. I wonder if Hrbaty's number 1 fan was there? You know the guy with the afro wig? He always supports no matter what.

FrogBurger
02-18-2004, 10:52 AM
I may be one of the reigning champions. I love meeting the players and getting their autographs. I try not to bug them, but if their signing, I definitely go and ask them for an autograph. I have met over 30 women pros and have their autographs. Im not into pictures cause i find them to be an intrusion on their privacy. of course thats just my personal taste. I have met at least 30 men players, many retired nonetheless, and got their autographs, some on photographs. I met these players and more:

JC ferrero, G. Gaudio, Zabaleta, J. Boutter, Richard Gasquet, Robin Soderling, Alber Costa, Stefan Koubek, Jarko neimenan (spelling?), paradorn Schrichipan ( I think I called him Michael Chang by accident, as homer simpson would say Dooooo), and several others that dont come to mind.

retired: Mansour Bahrami, G. Vilas, pat cash, Gene Mayer, Mats Wilander, Victor Pecci........There are many more, but there names are not coming to me.

Ive actually met more women: Capriati, davenport, demetieva, bedanova, Kim Clijsters Twice, Stephanie Foretz, Sandrine Testud, dokic, Aranthxa sanchez, Mary Pierce, Elena Bovina, Magui Serna, Nathalie Tauziat and many others.

The nicest was Zabaleta probably. he stayed for like 10 minutes posing for photos, signing autographs, he was in no hurry. I can tell you that Navratilova doesnt sign autographs, at least the day i saw her. Its not her thing. oh yeah and the retired men are all very nice. Ferrero seemed nice. Dementieva was very nice.....and the nicest was probably Mary Pierce. Bahrami is very very nice. If you have any specific question or are curious you can write me at paul.wise@1webmail.net.

Kristen
02-18-2004, 11:03 AM
Thanks for that story pj about Hrbaty, I have heard good things about him and this has helped confirming that. I wonder if Hrbaty's number 1 fan was there? You know the guy with the afro wig? He always supports no matter what.

Pj... I think that was who he went and thanked, right? The small noisy bunch with the afro's?

Space Cowgirl
02-18-2004, 11:39 AM
This is such a cool thread!
I'm not into getting autographs, prefer photos. I was at an invitational in St Anton (Austria) in December and saw practically all of the players off-court - Schüttler (he da man!) in the bar of his hotel, Schalken (was behind him heading back to the hotel after he won the final match against Schüttler), Koubek, Melzer (in a nightclub heheh). I also apparently walked straight by Mansour Bahrami and some other older players without twigging it was them (doh). But I am a total wuss, I didn't have the guts to actually get my photo taken with any of them. Also couldn't think of anything intelligent to say to them, apart from "Good luck". Was going to speak to Schüttler when I saw him, but he looked to be in conversation with someone, so thought it would be rude to interrupt. He and Schalken stayed for ages after their match posing for pics and signing autographs. I was very impressed with their patience.
BTW, I am new here, lurked for a bit before joining. I like this board!

Experimentee
02-18-2004, 02:46 PM
Thanks for that story pj about Hrbaty, I have heard good things about him and this has helped confirming that. I wonder if Hrbaty's number 1 fan was there? You know the guy with the afro wig? He always supports no matter what.

The guy with the afro was the one Hrbaty approached and thanked after the match with Grosjean. He'd drummed up a bit of support for Dominik in that corner. He's a really big Hrbaty fan, in fact Dominik gave him free tickets for that night.
There are actually quite a few huge Hrbaty fans in Melbourne, I've seen every match of his for a few years now and he always gets a lot of support every time he comes here.
He is just great to his fans, this year he gave us his towel, a photo and an autograph (even though i've already got one lol).

Action Jackson
02-19-2004, 05:32 AM
The afro wig man is a hardcore Hrbaty fan and stuck with him, when he was playing crap and a few of the Slovak community usually turn up to support him, which he appreciates for sure unlike some players.

As for meeting players well if it happens good, if not so be it. They are just normal people who happen to be able to hit a tennis ball very well.

Fee
02-19-2004, 06:31 AM
Bjorkman Girl, I have an Alexander Popp story for you.

I drove for the Siebel Open in San Jose last week and I drove Popp on one of the longer trips from the practice courts to his hotel. We had a great conversation about Germany and the cities there I've been lucky enough to visit and living there, etc. I was quite impressed with him, he is very intelligent, speaks wonderful English (bi-lingual people just fascinate me because my French is so horrible), and he can talk about anything and everything, which we did. Roughly an hour later I was sent back to the hotel to pick him up and bring him to the arena, so we yakked some more (ATP marketing, drug testing, tournament scheduling). Ten minutes later he came back to the office for a ride back to his hotel and saw me still sitting there, so he asked if I could drive him one more time. And we yakked some more. I don't even remember what we talked about, but it was great fun. The next day I saw him in the hallway, as he was heading for the airport to get to Memphis, so he gave me a hug and told me he hoped to see me again somewhere.

I already have about 20 favorite players/friends on my list (its almost unmanageable for me at this point), but I am glad to add him to the list. He is a wonderful guy.

Space Cadet, welcome to the forum.

Kristen
02-19-2004, 06:39 AM
>>>>>>>I was quite impressed with him, he is very intelligent, speaks wonderful English (bi-lingual people just fascinate me because my French is so horrible), and he can talk about anything and everything, which we did. I already have about 20 favorite players/friends on my list (its almost unmanageable for me at this point), but I am glad to add him to the list. He is a wonderful guy.<<<<<<<<<<

OMG I'm swooning again! haha how sweet is he! lol, after meeting him in Sydney for the first time, he was the only player I could think about for so long, because he was such a nice guy. (Seriously... he not only made my day, he made my week!) Hence the :hearts: pic is next to his name in my signature :)

You're so right, multi-lingual people impress me so much. I have enough issues just speaking english! I actually met a few people at the wheelchair tennis tournament, and they've gotten me interested in learning German :drool: I was sitting down near 5 austrians, one german... just listening to them speak in their language. *sigh*

I'm really glad to hear another report of what a sweetie Alex is!
Thanks for sharing :D
Kristen

Mimi
02-19-2004, 06:40 AM
i have met Pete in Marlboro Open in 96, also was rafter/chang/Yevgeny/Thomas Muster/Spaliea ... :wavey:

Space Cowgirl
02-19-2004, 12:43 PM
Space Cadet, welcome to the forum.


Thanks, Fee! :)

Bjorkman_Girl, German is difficult to learn! It's my second language (English is my first), and compared to Spanish, which I am also learning, it's difficult. But I'm glad I can speak it, I can understand what Rainer Schüttler is saying when he is on tv!

*Ljubica*
02-19-2004, 06:19 PM
>>>>>>>I was quite impressed with him, he is very intelligent, speaks wonderful English (bi-lingual people just fascinate me because my French is so horrible), and he can talk about anything and everything, which we did. I already have about 20 favorite players/friends on my list (its almost unmanageable for me at this point), but I am glad to add him to the list. He is a wonderful guy.<<<<<<<<<<

OMG I'm swooning again! haha how sweet is he! lol, after meeting him in Sydney for the first time, he was the only player I could think about for so long, because he was such a nice guy. (Seriously... he not only made my day, he made my week!) Hence the :hearts: pic is next to his name in my signature :)

You're so right, multi-lingual people impress me so much. I have enough issues just speaking english! I actually met a few people at the wheelchair tennis tournament, and they've gotten me interested in learning German :drool: I was sitting down near 5 austrians, one german... just listening to them speak in their language. *sigh*

I'm really glad to hear another report of what a sweetie Alex is!
Thanks for sharing :D
Kristen

Wow - you've got it bad Kristen - just like me when I first met David except he didn't make my week he kind of made my year :) and I've never been the same since.

I've never met Alexander Popp personally but he certainly made an impression on you - hope you get the chance to see him again soon.

sigmagirl91
02-19-2004, 06:21 PM
>>>>>>>I was quite impressed with him, he is very intelligent, speaks wonderful English (bi-lingual people just fascinate me because my French is so horrible), and he can talk about anything and everything, which we did. I already have about 20 favorite players/friends on my list (its almost unmanageable for me at this point), but I am glad to add him to the list. He is a wonderful guy.<<<<<<<<<<

OMG I'm swooning again! haha how sweet is he! lol, after meeting him in Sydney for the first time, he was the only player I could think about for so long, because he was such a nice guy. (Seriously... he not only made my day, he made my week!) Hence the :hearts: pic is next to his name in my signature :)

You're so right, multi-lingual people impress me so much. I have enough issues just speaking english! I actually met a few people at the wheelchair tennis tournament, and they've gotten me interested in learning German :drool: I was sitting down near 5 austrians, one german... just listening to them speak in their language. *sigh*

I'm really glad to hear another report of what a sweetie Alex is!
Thanks for sharing :D
Kristen


Honey, you are in LOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!! But that's a good story though. Alex seems like a great guy....

CooCooCachoo
02-19-2004, 07:21 PM
Well, I have not really "met" people, as in talked to them for a long time. If you're talking about getting autographs, then I have met 270+ players..

Bjorkman_Girl: Sorry if any of that sounded like bragging. I didnt realise my reply was so long. I just get so excited by it all, you know?! lol... every month OTHER than january is all downhill for me!

LOL, You are not bragging ;)

Rosie:

Sjeng Schalken - another quiet but friendly man - keeps "himself to himself" but always pleasant - his girlfriend is nice too (actually I think they may be married now).


Yeah, they are married.

What definition is everyone using when it comes to having "met" players?

It is fun to see that so many people like or dislike different players. ;)

*Ljubica*
02-19-2004, 09:00 PM
I think everyone's definition of meeting players is slightly different CooCooCachoo. In my own view, it is not meeting someone if you just ask for an autograph or have a picture taken with them. I only consider I have "met" a player if I have had a decent conversation with them (preferably on subjects other than tennis) and ideally on more than one occasion. Others may feel differently. And yes - I know what you mean about people having different views of players - it's what makes the world a more interesting place I think - so may different viewpoints and aspects of the same thing!

Mrs. B
02-20-2004, 11:01 AM
Hi guys!

thanks for sharing. here's mine:

Roger Federer- i've seen him play here live about 7 times now, but never really got up close to him except when Doris and i got his autograph in Gstaad last summer, that same day where he got a cow after winning Wimbledon. But he came to Bern right after losing the semis DC in Melbourne, an affair organized by his sponsors here and he played an exhibition match with the local football team and some local tennis players. About 500 people showed up. I sat on the sidelines, on his side of the net, and he was very relaxed, cracked jokes, and had fun. Roger is amazing, after the games, he sat for about an hour and patiently signed loads of autographs and posters to all those kids. Then afterwards he went into another court which they've made into an apero room, and he was interviewed there and he was really cool about it, the interviewer said he'd come back after he'd shower, but on his way out an old man talks to him and he stays some more and talked very politely to him. At this point, my husband's friend who invited me there told me to go to Roger to have a pic together, i was embarassed (even after 2 glasses of champagne, mind you) but he turned around to go and i asked him then if we could have a pic, he smiled and obliged, put his left hand on my shoulder and my husband's friend clicked away. Then i asked him if he knew his fans online, and he said yes, so i took out a red envelope from my bag, and he smiled in recognition, i said "ae liebe Gruss" from all of us, and he says thank you (big grin on his face)and took it, then we high fived, and he was off to the shower room. i was euphoric like a schoolgirl! but i did have a long chat with Mirka earlier before the games started, she was really nice. That was a lovely afternoon.

Blake- in Basel in 2002, on our way out from the venue, i saw him sorrounded by all these teenage girls, i walked up to them and James just finished signing and the door to his service car was opened and he was ready to step in, i asked if i could have an autograph, he stopped, looked at me, then said he'd sign me one if i had a pen, i grabbed one of the girls' pen, gave him my ticket and he wrote on it. i said i really enjoyed his match, and he said, "thank you for coming". i thought that was pretty gracious of him to stop for me. what a cool guy. my husband thinks i'm worse than a teeny, lol.

David Sanchez - in Gstaad last year, after he won his match (i forgot against who) they brought him up to the sponsors' restaurant and told the guests we could ask him questions. He stood just in front of our table and nobody really asked him anything, so i ended up "interviewing" him, asked him a few questions. He was always smiling and his Spanish accent when he speaks English sounds very cute.

Michel Kratochvil - he has a flat two streets parallel to where i live, and his parent's tennis center is five minutes away by car. in the winter we play there, and he's around sometimes, though lately i haven't seen him. Micha is friendly and comes to your table and chats, but he's a bit shy. I talk more to his dad when he's there, and i see his mom now and then in the supermarket...

in Gstaad up close i saw Feliciano Lopez, Alex Corretja (got a foto with him), and Hicham Arazi sat on the table next to us at a restaurant. I literally bumped into David Nalbandian in Basel in 2002 trying to get past through that sea of people in the corridors!

:)

Doris Loeffel
02-20-2004, 12:10 PM
Mrs. B
That just was a great day at Gstaad wasn't it??

Well that day I didn't speak to Roger - left that to Mrs. B ;) - but I did get his signature after he won his first round match against Marc Lopez well it was about 45 - 60 min later - besides an TV interview all he did during this time was signing signing posing signing....

...did get to speak a few words to Roger in Basel (2003) though. Went to the final and didn't expect to see Roger there at all. But all off a sudden I saw this lady coming up the stairs having a signed Roger autograph card in her hand - knowing that the rf cosmetic stand just was donw the stairs I went down as well and boy you already could tell by the crowd that he really was there in person. Thanks good I am small so I somehow was able to squeze through the ppl. But when I was about two rows behind the security guys called it an end!!! Still Roger stayed and kept signing and signing and the guards again called it quit and also Roger said he had to go but of course the ppl just wouldn't go away. Me neither ;) and finally I was able to lay down my programm on the desk and he signed it then I told him that all his online fans say hi and are hoping that his back is doing better. And I inquired if he got the red envelope (Mrs. B. posed it at the rf cosmetic stand a few days earlier) and he said yes and thanked for it.

Opps sorry it turned out quite long ;)

That's about my stories of meeting players - when you can call that meeting them ;)

Experimentee
02-20-2004, 03:02 PM
The afro wig man is a hardcore Hrbaty fan and stuck with him, when he was playing crap and a few of the Slovak community usually turn up to support him, which he appreciates for sure unlike some players.

What players do you think dont appreciate it? :confused:

luckystar
02-20-2004, 04:22 PM
i'm so jealous of all you people that have met any pro's. I think my next trip is going to be to one or other tournament :devil:

maratski
02-20-2004, 09:45 PM
speaking several languages can help you when meeting players. I spoke to the french and spanish players in their languages in rotterdam and I got nice smiles I have to say ;)

Leo
02-20-2004, 11:54 PM
One time, Amer Delic signed his autograph on my mag. Ha, beat that! :p

Hispanica
02-21-2004, 12:58 AM
I've seen some players at tennis tournaments but just asked for autographs....

Not that i wouldn't like talking with them but I never know what to say and I'm also very shy.... hehehe

The brothers Rochus a pretty nice and for Malisse his coach was like autographs after the practice and he signed some but it wasn't crowed either

Action Jackson
02-21-2004, 04:59 AM
Originally Posted by Experimentee
What players do you think dont appreciate it?

Thomas Enqvist

Tricky_Forehand
02-22-2004, 04:25 AM
OK, I'll try to not make my post too long. I don't consider actually meeting one of the players unless I had some type of conversation for at least a few minutes. Also, I don't like autographs. Can't read the damn things unless they sign a photo and then it ruins the photo :p . When it seems appropriate I do ask if I can get a photo.

Anyway, I wasn't able to go to any tournaments until 2001 when I moved to Los Angeles in April of that year and one of the first things I did when I got here was buy tickets for the whole week...lol. I wasn't going to miss a tournament that was minutes from me.

2001:

I met Tommy Haas several times over the whole week. Considering the circumstances under which we met every time it was a surprise how nice he was every time...lol. I also met Andy Roddick. When I met him he was still just a kid without hundreds of screaming pre-teen girls. He had a few but nothing compared to today. He was a very nice kid and I remember thinking and hoping that as young as he was (18 at the time) that his ego wouldn't take over. I met Jan-Michael at the same time as Andy (they were playing doubles) and although I've never been a big supporter of his Singles he was a very nice guy. I also met Guga and Sebastien. I know I may be forgetting a few or I could be mixing the years up at this point :o and I'll feel like an ass later.

2002:

I didn't think that 2001 would be topped but I was wrong. The very first player I saw was someone that I had been supporting and following his results since 1995. I was sitting at the practice court and I turn around and there's Nicolas Kiefer coming in my direction. I respect this man so much I barely got out the words to ask for a photo. I didn't really meet Nicolas this year, it was really just the photo but that made my whole tournament. I met Andre Agassi in '02. Long story for another time. I also saw and met Tommy Haas again. It was beginning to be a tradition (little did I know that I wouldn't see him in '03). Tommy ended up being responsible for why I'm a big supporter of Alex Bogomolov (Alex beat Tommy 1st round and pissed me off so I followed his results and the rest is history...lol. I also spent a lot of time talking to Xavier Malisse. Got a photo with Sjeng but didn't really get to talk to him.

2003:

Went to the LA tournament for the 3rd year in a row. Basically this tournament, unintentionally, turned out to be mostly about Alex Bogomolov. I was able to go to the grounds on qualifying weekend. I met Nicolas and actually got to talk to him for a few minutes. I also got to talk to Vince Spadea (I know i'm the only one who likes him...lol). The first time I met him he was an absolute sweetheart but I spent time with him several more times over the week and he was also an asshole so I also know why people don't like him. I got a photo taken with Mark Philippoussis but there was a crowd around so not much convo. Lleyton was pretty nice when I met him, though I was surprised at how quiet and shy he seemed. I also got another photo with Sebastien. From early on in the week I had met Alex Bogomolov and got to speak to him for a few minutes. It was nice to see him in person rather than following results week to week. I was glad that I confirmed that i like how he played and the major plus to that was how nice he was. We talked again later in the week before he left. Sadly, my conversation with Nicolas and Alex are really the only two things I remember :o .

I went to the Torrance, Ca. Challenger later in the year and a side from spending most of my time talking to Alex, I did meet Janko Tipsarevic. Another very cool kid. And it was awesome how much he seemed to appreciate the support. Somehow I ended up sitting next to his coaches for the QF and that made for a funny situation.

I'm really hoping to add going to Calabasas for the Challenger in April along with LA in July & Torrance in October.

OK, that's it. Sorry if some of it is jumbled and confusing. I didn't realize how much I had confused the years with each other :rolleyes: .

Sarah
02-22-2004, 05:26 PM
well, here's my story

a few years ago, in 2001 I guess, there was a tournament in Knokke, Belgium. We were walking around and suddenly saw Lleyton Hewitt training with Jaslyn, his sister. We waited for like a half an hour for them finishing training, there were only 3 people watching it, can you believe it :eek:
anyway, after they finished, Lleyts came of the court and I just asked him an autograph in my book on the page with some pictures of him and Kim, and he just said something like, 'ooh, that's nice' and I was just standing there, whispering thanks, on the same time totally freaking out ;)

Xavier Malisse, wasn't really friendly, he just signed my book and walked on...

Olivier Rochus, well it's mentioned here before, he's soooo cute and nice and adorable and...

also met some women, but tell ya about that on wtaworld.com

faboozadoo15
02-22-2004, 06:39 PM
One time, Amer Delic signed his autograph on my mag. Ha, beat that! :p
i notice that no one is even willing to try :sad: and i'm certainly not going to :eek:

ktwtennis
02-23-2004, 12:06 AM
I've met Arazi. (I even sat like one or two rows from him while we were watching Younes/Spadea in Cincy last yr.) Also, I've met Bjorkman. He was nice to the crowd.

Zetlandsk
07-25-2004, 12:37 PM
Bump

Zetlandsk
07-25-2004, 01:14 PM
I have met Mariano Zabaleta twice and he is a very down to earth and knows how to party and enjoy his life and is very good to his fans, even though he tends to attract some of the young teenies lusting after his loins.

It was good that he remembered me the second time and joked about the previous time and spoke more about football.

misyou25
07-25-2004, 01:53 PM
arnaud fontaine was the nicest!

~EMiLiTA~
07-25-2004, 03:55 PM
I've met heaps of the players over the years...especially at the tournaments where I was in the official hotel and/or the players lounge. The ones that I have had the most to do with are:

Tommy R: have known him for 2.5 years...he is very shy but I've had some funny experiences with him hehe

JCF: met him in Bangkok last year and chatted to him quite a bit...was very nice and laid back. Met him again in Valencia this year and he actually remembered me and came up to me in the clubhouse off his own accord because he knew me from Bangkok...I nearly died of shock...

Carlos Moya: met him in Bangkok last year...also very very nice...a real gentleman

Marat: met him for the first time at Perth 2001 just for an autograph and photo etc then in Melbourne 2002 where I met his coach and they were both really really nice...met him again this year at the Hopman Cup in Perth as well as Denis Golovanov and met his mother and Dinara in Valencia when I was living there.

Feli Lopez: met him in Stuttgart 2003, also very nice...actually more shy than I thought he'd be...in Valencia this year I went in a car transfer with him and he was cool...and spoke to him briefly this year in Stuttgart too

David Ferrer: really really nice guy...met him last year in Stuttgart but have spoken to him more this year eg at Stuttgart last week...and also met him in my local supermarket in Valencia a few weeks ago hehehe

Rafa Nadal and his coach Toni: met them at Aus open this year and also Stuttgart last week...both really sweet

Mario Ancic: also very nice and his coach is also cool...met them both in Bangkok last year and Valencia this year

Have met many others too like Nico Almagro, David Sanchez, Marc Lopez, Felix Mantilla, Dick Norman, Gaston Etlis, Albert Portas, Alberto Martín, Mikhail Youzhny, Richard Gasquet, Martin Damm, Yves Allegro, Marco Chiudinelli, Diego Hipperdinger, Didac Perez etc etc...anyway there are lots but I can't be bothered writing everything about them all here...basically they are all nice and I haven't had any bad/rude experiences with them.

Peoples
07-25-2004, 06:56 PM
Just wanted to say that there's no way a player could have time for every fan and it's not right to judge them by these trivial meetings only, like for example someone here said "Haas is an idiot because he said he had no time and ran off". Well, they have a right for that and it shows nothing about their personality if they can't stay for autographs.

Steve-o
07-26-2004, 12:49 AM
One of my best friends went to high school with doubles specialist Tommy Shimada who plays for Japan DC but is really US born and bred, and I had the chance to meet him this year.

Tom is a super nice guy and winding down his career but very well spoken, very friendly. We spoke to him for about a good 30 minutes before his doubles match. Even though he's lost a lot of 1st round matches this year he still maintains a level head and good sense of humor about it.

Steve-o
07-26-2004, 12:52 AM
Other very friendly guys, Graydon Oliver, Jan-Michael Gambill, Fernando Meligeni.

Fee
07-26-2004, 01:08 AM
I met Tom Shimada last year. I was wondering about his background because he speaks like a Californian (whatever that means). He is very nice, very mellow. And Graydon, I just love him to bits and pieces and he knows it. He is such a decent man. I need to update my list in here, my last post was in December and I think I have another batch of guys to add to it.

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-26-2004, 01:16 AM
I watched Graydon practicing, multiple times, and I didn't know who he was at first. One of those times, a few girls came to him for a photo, and he said something like, "oh no, more fans." I was like, WOAH-- I dont know what to think of him. I have seen him be cool and uncool

Fee
07-26-2004, 01:38 AM
I agree with Peoples post above, every situation is different. I know Graydon has finally gotten used to the idea that he has fans of his own, or that people who don't know who he is will stop him just because he carries a big racquet bag. It used to be he signed things just because he played doubles with JanMike and went along with what he did even though no one knew who he was at all. Last week in LA he lost his doubles match and walked away from me, he was in such a horrible place after that match. Put his head down and went straight to the cars. So it happens to even the nicest guys...

I've seen both sides of Tommy Haas too. When I first saw him in LA (on Saturday) he waved me over, shook my hand, signed a photo I had taken of him and we chatted for a few minutes (we've met before). Every time I saw him after that, during the week, he moved quicker and quicker, hardly stopping for fans at all. He waved at me once or twice as he passed by, but I practically had to tackle him my last day there to get him to pose for the photo he promised me. So, different days you can get different responses from the guys. Who knows what they are going through at any given time, living the type of lives they do.

ktwtennis
07-26-2004, 02:15 AM
Yeah, I can't imagine having to deal w/so many ppl.! I think they do a great job handling the fans.

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-26-2004, 04:48 AM
I understand this. At the same time, I always think, I know it must be a task to be a 'famous' person. People 'think' they know you, thus they think they need to have something from you--a picture, an autograph. And some fans dont comprehend that these people are human. So, I think it is the famous person's job to be sensitive to that, and understand that this is their life, even in their shittiest of moments. I am sure it must be frustrating for them though, having to satisfy people all the time.

But yeah, Graydon is a good person I am sure. I didnt like what he said, but he was just tired and wanted to get going, lol

I agree with Peoples post above, every situation is different. I know Graydon has finally gotten used to the idea that he has fans of his own, or that people who don't know who he is will stop him just because he carries a big racquet bag. It used to be he signed things just because he played doubles with JanMike and went along with what he did even though no one knew who he was at all. Last week in LA he lost his doubles match and walked away from me, he was in such a horrible place after that match. Put his head down and went straight to the cars. So it happens to even the nicest guys...

I've seen both sides of Tommy Haas too. When I first saw him in LA (on Saturday) he waved me over, shook my hand, signed a photo I had taken of him and we chatted for a few minutes (we've met before). Every time I saw him after that, during the week, he moved quicker and quicker, hardly stopping for fans at all. He waved at me once or twice as he passed by, but I practically had to tackle him my last day there to get him to pose for the photo he promised me. So, different days you can get different responses from the guys. Who knows what they are going through at any given time, living the type of lives they do.

misyou25
07-26-2004, 06:09 AM
FONTAINE

Auscon
07-26-2004, 11:31 AM
None :(

Then again, the only tournament I've been fortunate enough to go to was the Hopman Cup 04, but I just booked my series ticket for the Davis Cup here in September, so maybe then I'll get the chance to meet someone

I know one of the players from the wta (Casey Dellacqua..ranked inside the top 300 I think)...well, I havent seen her in many years, but I grew up one house along the road from her up until about the age of about 11 I think. Her dads still our mechanic

Ferrero Forever
07-26-2004, 11:35 AM
I've met heaps of the players over the years...especially at the tournaments where I was in the official hotel and/or the players lounge. The ones that I have had the most to do with are:

JCF: met him in Bangkok last year and chatted to him quite a bit...was very nice and laid back. Met him again in Valencia this year and he actually remembered me and came up to me in the clubhouse off his own accord because he knew me from Bangkok...I nearly died of shock...

i am so jealous of you. OMG-U ARE THE LUCKIEST PERSON ALIVE

*Ljubica*
07-26-2004, 11:50 AM
I've met heaps of the players over the years...especially at the tournaments where I was in the official hotel and/or the players lounge. The ones that I have had the most to do with are:

Tommy R: have known him for 2.5 years...he is very shy but I've had some funny experiences with him hehe

JCF: met him in Bangkok last year and chatted to him quite a bit...was very nice and laid back. Met him again in Valencia this year and he actually remembered me and came up to me in the clubhouse off his own accord because he knew me from Bangkok...I nearly died of shock...

Carlos Moya: met him in Bangkok last year...also very very nice...a real gentleman

Marat: met him for the first time at Perth 2001 just for an autograph and photo etc then in Melbourne 2002 where I met his coach and they were both really really nice...met him again this year at the Hopman Cup in Perth as well as Denis Golovanov and met his mother and Dinara in Valencia when I was living there.

Feli Lopez: met him in Stuttgart 2003, also very nice...actually more shy than I thought he'd be...in Valencia this year I went in a car transfer with him and he was cool...and spoke to him briefly this year in Stuttgart too

David Ferrer: really really nice guy...met him last year in Stuttgart but have spoken to him more this year eg at Stuttgart last week...and also met him in my local supermarket in Valencia a few weeks ago hehehe

Rafa Nadal and his coach Toni: met them at Aus open this year and also Stuttgart last week...both really sweet

Mario Ancic: also very nice and his coach is also cool...met them both in Bangkok last year and Valencia this year

Have met many others too like Nico Almagro, David Sanchez, Marc Lopez, Felix Mantilla, Dick Norman, Gaston Etlis, Albert Portas, Alberto Martín, Mikhail Youzhny, Richard Gasquet, Martin Damm, Yves Allegro, Marco Chiudinelli, Diego Hipperdinger, Didac Perez etc etc...anyway there are lots but I can't be bothered writing everything about them all here...basically they are all nice and I haven't had any bad/rude experiences with them.

I agree with you TommyRGirl, as I have also been in similar situations to yourself over the years at the European tournaments. With only one or two exceptions, most of the players I have met have been polite, friendly and helpful. The more you meet/spend time with them, the more they recognise and acknowledge you. David is my absolute favourite of course :) , and I also have loads of time and respect for Rainer Schuettler, Tim Henman, Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio. And - yes Juan-Carlos is a real sweetie - I hope you get a chance to meet him one day Juanqui Lover :)

Ferrero Forever
07-26-2004, 11:52 AM
geez, i hope i do too

Nikki♥
07-26-2004, 11:59 AM
I badly want to meet a player too... :sobbing:

misyou25
07-26-2004, 12:08 PM
juanqui i wanna meet too... i bet he's nice...

|-Safin_Coria-|
07-26-2004, 03:31 PM
no Coria stories?? :sad:
i hope i get to meet some players at US Open! don't know what my chances are though :confused:
i want autographs from Coria, Safin, Henman, and Ferrero the most.....hehehee!
but if there are other players around, i surely wouldn't mind talking and getting autographs from them too :)

~EMiLiTA~
07-26-2004, 03:34 PM
I just booked my series ticket for the Davis Cup here in September, so maybe then I'll get the chance to meet someone


Is the qualifying tie going to be held here in Perth??? Geez I never knew that...must've been organised while I was away. Might see if I can get to it to cheer on the Moroccans hehe :devil:
Btw, do you know if you can buy single session tickets or does it have to be for all 3 days?

Nikki♥
07-26-2004, 03:36 PM
I have autographs from some WTA players on an US Open t-shirt but I haven´t met any of them yet. I am hoping to meet Ancic soon, some of you probably know why. And Coria too. :angel:

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-26-2004, 06:25 PM
Ew, P, get over Ancic! You're a hot girl. Aim higher, like, Moya!

Nikki♥
07-26-2004, 06:28 PM
Ew, P, get over Ancic! You're a hot girl. Aim higher, like, Moya!

Does Moya also f*ck around?

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-26-2004, 06:31 PM
I dont know!!!! Haha! But I dont think he is "known" to, so he is probably more of a challenge. And you're hot, so that's why, you should aim for Moya! And he has shoulders!

Nikki♥
07-26-2004, 06:32 PM
Moya :drool: I should give it a try then.

Carito_90
07-26-2004, 06:33 PM
Does Moya also f*ck around?

I read somewhere that when he came over here to play the ATP of Buenos Aires they saw him at night gettin in the the hotel with 2 pretty girls and saw them leave early in the morning so i'd say pretty much yes, maybe :)

And Coria doesn't btw lol

Nikki♥
07-26-2004, 06:37 PM
I read somewhere that when he came over here to play the ATP of Buenos Aires they saw him at night gettin in the the hotel with 2 pretty girls and saw them leave early in the morning so i'd say pretty much yes, maybe :)

And Coria doesn't btw lol

No problem... I just want to talk to Coria. ;) I don´t want to get beaten up by his wife for approaching him.

girliegirl85
07-27-2004, 04:22 AM
the only tennis player i met and hung out with is vince spadea. he is such a nice guy. he still emails me every once and a while. i don't understand why people don't like him but oh well.

Auscon
07-27-2004, 05:37 AM
Is the qualifying tie going to be held here in Perth??? Geez I never knew that...must've been organised while I was away. Might see if I can get to it to cheer on the Moroccans hehe :devil:
Btw, do you know if you can buy single session tickets or does it have to be for all 3 days?

Yep, from Sept 24-26

Single session tickets are available on August 2 at bocs ticketing, but thats only if the series tickets dont sell out

The series tickets went on sale at about 8:30am on Monday...I booked mine at 9am, and the salesperson said they'd almost sold out of one of the area I was getting my ticket (one of the covered areas...I'm going with my mum who paid for my ticket as a birthday gift, and she wouldnt last long in the sun). Although I'm sure there'd still be some single session spots available

ktwtennis
07-27-2004, 09:43 PM
the only tennis player i met and hung out with is vince spadea. he is such a nice guy. he still emails me every once and a while. i don't understand why people don't like him but oh well.He sometimes can be arrogant and aloof...I went to a kid's day thing a few years back in Cincy, and he showed up late and kind of didn't talk to many ppl. Then last year at Cincy, he lost to Younes and was complaining a lot about line calls and Younes' antics, which everyone enjoyed! :)

Aleksa's Laydee
07-27-2004, 10:57 PM
I'v met...

Jonas -- such a nice and cool dude. Even when he was in a rush to his match, he still had a pic with me and chatted to me :D
Thomas Johansson -- quite a shy guy
Jan Mike -- another shy but a really friendly guy :)
Thomas Enqvist -- dont see him after a match, hes not in a good mood, other than that hes great
Joachim Johansson
Roger Federer
Sjeng Schalken -- i think he recognises me now, the amount of times i speak to him, hes very shy tho
Lleyton Hewitt
Mark (flip)
Greg Rusedski -- when i see him at the english tournies he always chats to me :)
JC Ferrero
Seb Grosjean
Andy Roddick
Mario Ancic
Rainer Schuettler
Mike Bryan
Tim Henman
Robby Ginepri -- got in his way at wimbie but he still signed my hat for me!
Taylor Dent
Todd Woodbridge -- had a convo with him about wimbledon and jonas ;)
JI Chela
Ivo Karlovic
Xavier Malisse
Igor Andreev -- soo cute and sweet..doesnt stop smiling!

misyou25
07-28-2004, 12:33 AM
wow björkfish...

Kristen
07-28-2004, 05:42 AM
I'v met...
Thomas Enqvist -- dont see him after a match, hes not in a good mood, other than that hes great
Joachim Johansson
Lleyton Hewitt
Todd Woodbridge -- had a convo with him about wimbledon and jonas ;)

LOL! Thomas E. is a Piscean, so he can be a bit stand off-ish. So guys, try to track him down at practice if you can. Much easier. Especially if you want to steal his towel. *This was a couple of years back. How embarrassing :o *

How did you find Joachim Siobhan? I found him to be pretty charming. The height helps my opinion that he's a nice guy... also that I met him prior to Aus v Swe DC and my mate and I said we'd be there cheering for them :)

Lleyton! What was he like? *gasp* I need him to play someone I'm not fond of, so I can be unbiased! Lleyton - stop playing Jurgen!!

Ah woodie... sarcastic smartass :)

Aleksa's Laydee
07-28-2004, 12:34 PM
How did you find Joachim Siobhan? I found him to be pretty charming. The height helps my opinion that he's a nice guy... also that I met him prior to Aus v Swe DC and my mate and I said we'd be there cheering for them :)

hes so lovely, he kept smiling and i nearly died when i looked at his face, close up...hes gorgeous ;) and very very tall :p

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-28-2004, 05:11 PM
Can you talk about your experience with Gonzo and Rios?

Gonzalez, Rios, the siblings Lapentti, Cañas.. at Davis Cup...

Mariposa
07-28-2004, 08:31 PM
No one in the top 10 but I have met Alex Kuznetsov. It was an exhibition match in Haddonfield, NJ a couple of weeks ago where he played against a high school student. My friend use to train with him when they were younger. Alex won 6-3 6-4.

I wasn't really impressed with his game but he was absolutely hot in real life. All I remember was that he was really really orangy/tan and tall. Didn't really talk to him, my friend did. He wasn't very...talkative at that time. I'm not saying he was rude and arrogant, but he didn't really try to talk to any of us or try to make "small talk" with the people around him. He just signed and took pictures, I'm guess I should cut him some slack.

During the match, he served and the other guy didn't stop it, it hit a tiny ball kid in the stomach. He stopped and asked if he was alright which was really nice and by the end of the match he found the ball kid and asked again if he was okay. It was sweet.

I was really nervous so, I hid behind my friend's hair (he had big hair) and snapped a pic from my camera phone-but I think he saw. lol Anyone want the picture- just pm me. :)

*Ljubica*
07-28-2004, 11:12 PM
Can you talk about your experience with Gonzo and Rios?

Well I know you weren't talking directly to me Mrs. Guga, but I have met both of them so thought you might like to hear my experiences. I know you like Gonzo and I'm not surprised - he is a really nice guy - really friendly, always smiling, really relaxed, seems to get on very well with all the other Latin American players. I really like him a lot. He is very much the "life and soul of the party" type of person - I have never seen him bad tempered or rude to anyone :) As for Rios, - well I only met him briefly a couple of times so I don't have as much "experience" of him as I have of Fena, but despite what other people say, I never had a problem with him at all. Stayed in the same Hotels a couple of times, and he was always polite and pleasant to the other guests and to the Hotel staff I think he was just a bit of a quiet "private" person - he didn't perform for the media and then turn on a different face away from the cameras like some players do - I will miss him on the tour. Hope that helps!

Coleburg83
07-29-2004, 05:38 AM
I've never gone up and asked for autographs, because I've never really took much value in that, but I've been to quite a few tournaments and some interesting assesments on a few of the players:

Roddick: People have said some negative things about him, but I wonder how much of that is just seeing a determined look on his face or a little bit of being tired of the shameless type of groupies that he has. He is 1000x more recognizable to the average fan at the tournaments and so it's not surprising that unlike some, he can't have a five minute convo with people.

Ferrero/Hewitt: Much the same as Roddick, these guys do so well because of how determined they are and because of this don't look all approachable and friendly, though I don't think any mean to seem arrogant or distant.

Blake: Acted polite and everything of course as mentioned by others, but there is just something about him that I don't like, he doesn't seem like a very genuine person. He reminds me far, far too much of a guy I went to college with who acted like such a "gentlemen" and all polite around strangers "oh such a nice police guy" and was really a bigot and snobbish type person in his actual persona. Some of the things Blake has said in interviews, noting his constant mention and subtle endorsement of politically extremist and black nationalist literature and subtle excuses for things has just confirmed this for me. I think he's all public image.

Seraphim
07-29-2004, 06:12 AM
Some of the things Blake has said in interviews, noting his constant mention and subtle endorsement of politically extremist and black nationalist literature and subtle excuses for things has just confirmed this for me. I think he's all public image.


Come on......Spit it out........Don't be shy now!

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-29-2004, 07:26 AM
I agree, I dont like him. I think he's soooooo fake. I mean, I dont know truly, ofcourse, but this is what I get from him, personal encounter and all. I think there is quite a number of black people who feel like he is not genuine about "things"... I mean, I could really get into this, but I think many people would not (want to)/could not understand, and who wants to hear another race conversation, EH!

Blake: Acted polite and everything of course as mentioned by others, but there is just something about him that I don't like, he doesn't seem like a very genuine person. He reminds me far, far too much of a guy I went to college with who acted like such a "gentlemen" and all polite around strangers "oh such a nice police guy" and was really a bigot and snobbish type person in his actual persona. Some of the things Blake has said in interviews, noting his constant mention and subtle endorsement of politically extremist and black nationalist literature and subtle excuses for things has just confirmed this for me. I think he's all public image.

Rosie, that's funny, b/c I do LOVE Gonzo, but when I encountered him, he was really scary--I mean, I felt so much like I was an intruder--he was just, intimidating, jej, but I still love him so much. Now, his coach!!! LOVE him!

he is a really nice guy - really friendly, always smiling, really relaxed. He is very much the "life and soul of the party" type of person - I have never seen him bad tempered or rude to anyone

rassklovn
07-29-2004, 07:38 AM
Horacio De La Pena is a good guy, and he doesn't like Coria so that's a bonus, seriously there are quite a few people that don't like him, but I have never had a personal problem with him.

I would agree with Rosie's summary about Gonzalez, I met him when he was struggling to establish himself and then when I saw him a few years later, he remembered me and we spoke to each other again.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-03-2004, 08:22 AM
That's nice that he remembered you

And not shocking another person dislikes Coria! He seems very shy and whatnot to me. It's funny that this little kid has such a gargantuan effect on people! So, why does Horacio think badly of him?

Marc Rosset is Tall
08-03-2004, 09:57 AM
The incident was in Rosario Guillermo Coria apparently felt that Acasuso's coach was secretly coaching Jose, and Coria got pissed off, the coach was De La Pena. After the match Coria attacked De la Pena in the locker-room. other players intervened to part the fight and ended up getting hurt and Calleri got a foot injury because of it.