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Who's the most likable tennis player of all time?

cmurray
09-27-2006, 06:48 PM
I'm not asking for your favorite tennis player. My favorite is Andre Agassi and he's spent a lot of the beginning of his career being QUITE unlikable.

Action Jackson
09-27-2006, 06:49 PM
Marcelo Rios

Castafiore
09-27-2006, 06:54 PM
^^ :lol:

No idea. Guga? Yannick Noah?

andygabriela
09-27-2006, 06:56 PM
For me ....Guga and Agassi

cmurray
09-27-2006, 06:57 PM
I put Guga. he made me smile whenever he played. no other player did that to me.

thiaela
09-27-2006, 07:00 PM
PETE SAMPRAS

rmb6687
09-27-2006, 07:03 PM
how is Marat Safin not in that poll? :confused:

stebs
09-27-2006, 07:04 PM
Guga.

thiaela
09-27-2006, 07:06 PM
Yeah Marat have to be there

cmurray
09-27-2006, 07:09 PM
how is Marat Safin not in that poll? :confused:


Sorry. I can't go back and edit it now. Don't know why I didn't think to put him on there, as he's certainly one of MY top 3.

Carlita
09-27-2006, 07:11 PM
I voted "other" for Verdasco. I've been following tennis for quite some time now and met a lot of the players at different tournaments. I think that Verdasco is one of the most kindhearted players I ever met. Always takes his time to talk to the fans, never runs away from signing autographs or having his photo taken. (At least I never saw him do so :lol: )

Followed by Moya, Rafter, Edberg & Nyborg :)

Shirogane
09-27-2006, 07:13 PM
Kuerten
Agassi
Edberg.

ExpectedWinner
09-27-2006, 07:19 PM
Likeable by whom?

Jeff Tarango.

cmurray
09-27-2006, 07:20 PM
Geeze. Now I know why I forgot Marat. I accidently put Boris Becker twice instead of putting Marat.

s.m.
09-27-2006, 07:31 PM
i would say edberg
why?
because the guy has/had class, and his on and off court behaviour is at the highest level
and his tennis was like that
a class act

allblue
09-27-2006, 07:33 PM
Marat Safin for his dynamic and entertaining personality and David Nalbandian because he is simply adorable when he is in a good mood ~~

Nathaliia
09-27-2006, 07:33 PM
Marcelo Rios
Geez, I agree with you for the second time today...

Marcelo :worship:

Mechlan
09-27-2006, 07:43 PM
Edberg, by miles.

GlennMirnyi
09-27-2006, 08:11 PM
Koellerer.

oz_boz
09-27-2006, 08:15 PM
Noone has voted for Becker, and Becker also has zero votes.

Edberg and Kuerten.

cmurray
09-27-2006, 10:16 PM
Noone has voted for Becker, and Becker also has zero votes.

Edberg and Kuerten.

I know. I;m a moron....meant to put Marat in there and ended up with Becker twice. Sigh.

MisterQ
09-27-2006, 10:18 PM
Guga. What's not to like about Guga? :cool:

Vass
09-27-2006, 10:36 PM
Guga

LocoPorElTenis
09-27-2006, 10:57 PM
Guga by a wide margin.

scarecrows
09-27-2006, 11:03 PM
Pete

thrust
09-27-2006, 11:17 PM
For me: Edberg, Kuerten, Corretja, Blake.

urock34
09-28-2006, 12:47 AM
dmitry

robinhood
09-28-2006, 12:56 AM
Kuerten, Tursunov, Safin, and Federer

robinhood
09-28-2006, 12:59 AM
I forgot Blake.

leng jai
09-28-2006, 01:24 AM
Patrick Rafter. Him and Goran at the end of the Wimbledon final was truly heart warming

cmurray
09-28-2006, 02:35 AM
I wondered if other people felt about Guga the way I do. I remember seeing him play live at the 2001 USO. He would grin and it made me grin. I really miss him on the tour.

Sommarsverige
09-28-2006, 07:56 AM
I have been following tennis for many years now and for me the most likable players are:

Magnus Gustafsson
Jonas Björkman
Fernando Verdasco

Clara Bow
09-28-2006, 08:03 AM
Guga! I loved how he was on the court- and I loved how he was always looking out for his brother with a physical disability and always donated portions of his winnings to charity.

World Beater
09-28-2006, 08:06 AM
guga was for sure one of the more likable players...but he was prone to racket smashing esp after the conclusion of matches. of course this didnt stop people from liking safin or goran.

Puschkin
09-28-2006, 08:22 AM
I never get close enough to players to be able to judge their likability. But a friend of mine was a ball-girl in RG for many years and she said, Guga by far. So I rely on her.

sawan66278
09-28-2006, 09:08 PM
For me it is a real toss-up: Guga and Stefan...while Guga brought an infectuous joy to the court, Stefan was the epitomy of class at every level...the sportsmanship award is named after him!!!!

Stefan Edberg was the classiest, most humble player in modern tennis history...So, I have to go with him...even though my favorite players of all time are Lendl, Guga, Andre, and Rafa...

RonE
09-28-2006, 09:48 PM
Why isn't Jeff Tarango in the poll options? Really.....

stuey87
09-28-2006, 09:50 PM
Spadea

cmurray
09-28-2006, 09:59 PM
Why isn't Jeff Tarango in the poll options? Really.....


Sorry. I completely forgot about him. I probably should have put his wife up there too. :D

Sue
09-28-2006, 10:03 PM
Pat Rafter.

Tommy_Vercetti
09-28-2006, 11:51 PM
Borg

The Daviator
09-29-2006, 12:17 AM
Nadal

revolution
09-29-2006, 12:18 AM
Todd Martin :worship:

supersexynadal
09-29-2006, 12:29 AM
I cant say anything about the "older" players coz i was probably 11 but now, id say roger federer and baghdatis(if people know him) and agassi. I want to say nadal but hes too young to say anything and hes not an "icon" yet.. I bet he'll change loads...

cmurray
09-29-2006, 12:32 AM
Pat Rafter.


Love the avi, Sue. :hearts: :hearts: :drool:

Bilbo
09-29-2006, 12:37 AM
I'm watching tennis since 15 years and whenever Agassi played a match he always was the favorite for the crowd in any country. Well, no surprise as he's the most famous tennis player around the world.

The result in this poll is typical MTF :retard:

leng jai
09-29-2006, 01:39 AM
I fail to see whats so likable about federer compared to guys like Guga, Rafter and Safin.

Bagelicious
09-29-2006, 01:43 AM
I fail to see whats so likable about federer compared to guys like Guga, Rafter and Safin.

I fail to see why others can't appreciate that people are capable of having different opinions especially when it comes to something as subjective as likability.

PoderShileno
09-29-2006, 01:46 AM
M.Ríos.

tripb19
09-29-2006, 01:53 AM
Pat Rafter by miles
Then Guga.

God I miss Pat :sad:

leng jai
09-29-2006, 02:20 AM
I fail to see why others can't appreciate that people are capable of having different opinions especially when it comes to something as subjective as likability.

I fail to see why I can't fail to see why people like Roger Federer.

Bagelicious
09-29-2006, 02:46 AM
I fail to see why I can't fail to see why people like Roger Federer.

Who cares? So other people think differently from you - that's the reason. I'm not sure why you had to alert other people to that fact when you could have just voted for someone else. That's what all the other people who like other players did.

GlennMirnyi
09-29-2006, 02:56 AM
I'm watching tennis since 15 years and whenever Agassi played a match he always was the favorite for the crowd in any country. Well, no surprise as he's the most famous tennis player around the world.

The result in this poll is typical MTF :retard:

Big deal. I never liked Agassi.

Well, you like Canãs... what can someone expect?

Pfloyd
09-29-2006, 02:58 AM
Rafa.

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-29-2006, 03:36 AM
I fail to see whats so likable about federer compared to guys like Guga, Rafter and Safin.

He always wins.

People with inferior egos always will cheer for the most dominant player.

Radek Stepanek
09-29-2006, 03:39 AM
ROGER FEDERER?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! He is NOT the most liked, more like the most boring. This is a parade of fedtards . . .

Guga, BORG, Rafter, Agassi, Nadal, are ALL WAY MORE LIKED!

shotgun
09-29-2006, 03:41 AM
What a :silly: poll. Very subjective.

GlennMirnyi
09-29-2006, 03:42 AM
ROGER FEDERER?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! He is NOT the most liked, more like the most boring. This is a parade of fedtards . . .

Guga, BORG, Rafter, Agassi, Nadal, are ALL WAY MORE LIKED!

Stepanek too?

Radek Stepanek
09-29-2006, 03:45 AM
Stepanek too?
I wish! People judge him too much based on his looks, I dont understand what's so wrong with his appearence.

Stepanek is the best!

GlennMirnyi
09-29-2006, 03:46 AM
I wish! People judge him too much based on his looks, I dont understand what's so wrong with his appearence.

Stepanek is the best!

His teeth? :rolleyes:

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-29-2006, 03:51 AM
Glenn's man love for Fed is getting out of hand.
Federer is liked because he is dominant, simple.

My logic is the light which will guide MTF.

GlennMirnyi
09-29-2006, 03:55 AM
Glenn's man love for Fed is getting out of hand.
Federer is liked because he is dominant, simple.

My logic is the light which will guide MTF.

I voted Kuerten.

petesampras14
09-29-2006, 03:45 PM
Pete Sampras

Coriafan
09-29-2006, 05:11 PM
Guga :worship:

atheneglaukopis
09-29-2006, 05:35 PM
Guga :worship:I saw who made the most recent post, and before I clicked in to read it I thought, "You're not going to say El Mago, are you? :tape:" :lol:

Jadranka
09-29-2006, 05:50 PM
edberg and agassi

foolish pleasure
09-29-2006, 05:52 PM
for sure, guga!

Dancing Hero
09-29-2006, 06:11 PM
Jeff Tarango!

:devil: :angel:

rmb6687
09-29-2006, 11:44 PM
I wish! People judge him too much based on his looks, I dont understand what's so wrong with his appearence.
Stepanek is the best!

really? I mean, he seems like a cool guy, but people are shallow, and, for the regular person, there is nothing to get excited about when it comes to Radek's looks

thiaela
09-30-2006, 05:19 PM
Pte

bokehlicious
09-30-2006, 06:00 PM
Federer :)

star
09-30-2006, 06:20 PM
The player I like most on that list is Stefan Edberg, but I think just for general likeabiltiy it comes down to Pat Rafter and Guga. That was a tough choice, but I chose Guga because of his easy smile and wonderful way with fans, ... the drawing of the heart on the court at Roland Garros to thank the fans... etc. I think he is something special in that regard.

The others listed in the poll don't come close to these three. :)

Eden
07-31-2007, 07:29 PM
*bump*

enqvistfan
07-31-2007, 07:32 PM
In this list, I'd pick Edberg and Rafter, then, Agassi and Guga

Kitty de Sade
07-31-2007, 07:43 PM
What a good thread to bump, Doris. Thank you. :hatoff:

No question- Guga. Like human sunshine, that one. :)

cobalt60
07-31-2007, 07:52 PM
The player I like most on that list is Stefan Edberg, but I think just for general likeabiltiy it comes down to Pat Rafter and Guga. That was a tough choice, but I chose Guga because of his easy smile and wonderful way with fans, ... the drawing of the heart on the court at Roland Garros to thank the fans... etc. I think he is something special in that regard.

The others listed in the poll don't come close to these three. :)

Spot on :yeah:

LoveFifteen
07-31-2007, 08:41 PM
Pat Rafter. :lick:

bayvalle
07-31-2007, 08:43 PM
If ever there is one quality that Fed has that other players don't have, it would be Fed's PR - his ability to reach out to fellow players. Forget his ability to speak in three languages - but this also added some more to his whole persona (he could "relate" to Tommy in German, Richard in French, and James or Andy in straightforward English - something that other players could not - no offense to Rafa and others.) At the awarding ceremony at AO 2007 for instance, it was heartwarming to see Fed come up to Gonzo during the lull. This speaks volume already of Fed.

Dina
07-31-2007, 08:49 PM
It would be more interesting if the results of this poll were public, it would be obvious it would be the usual suspects and who they vote for, there the people who also vote for Federer in a poll of best volleys in the history of tennis, best two handed back hand of all time and greatest humanitarion of the century.

I vote for Pat Rafter

LeChuck
07-31-2007, 08:49 PM
Pat Rafter, though if I was old enough to have seen Edberg during his prime, maybe my answer would be different.

bayvalle
07-31-2007, 09:08 PM
It would be more interesting if the results of this poll were public, it would be obvious it would be the usual suspects and who they vote for, there the people who also vote for Federer in a poll of best volleys in the history of tennis, best two handed back hand of all time and greatest humanitarion of the century.

I vote for Pat Rafter
You voted for Rafter who I believe is also a likeable fellow. Perhaps the other posters (myself included) would also be interested to know why you voted for him ("Why" is the accompanying question in the thread). Thanks.

Allure
07-31-2007, 09:10 PM
Federer. The man's probably the greatest tennis player of all time and he's more humble then some players in the top 50. :o

Max565
07-31-2007, 09:32 PM
Pat Rafter, always thought he was quite popular and he wasn't a big threat or anything, unlike Federer.

R.Federer
07-31-2007, 09:35 PM
Other, Younes

The Freak
07-31-2007, 10:00 PM
It has got to be Brave Tim Henman.

Dina
07-31-2007, 10:06 PM
You voted for Rafter who I believe is also a likeable fellow. Perhaps the other posters (myself included) would also be interested to know why you voted for him ("Why" is the accompanying question in the thread). Thanks.


because as most people will attest h's a genuinely decent guy

bayvalle
07-31-2007, 10:15 PM
because as most people will attest h's a genuinely decent guy
Thanks.

LoveFifteen
08-01-2007, 12:11 AM
Pat Rafter is more than decent; he's sexalicious! :hearts:

Sunset of Age
08-01-2007, 12:18 AM
Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal & Guga Kuerten.

Of the 'others': Younes.

PS Why is Boris Becker twice in that poll, or am I seeing double right now? (could be, as a matter of fact :angel:)

Sean.J.S.
08-01-2007, 12:53 AM
Why is Boris Becker on the list twice? :retard:

CmonAussie
08-01-2007, 02:04 AM
john Newcombe

alsace
08-01-2007, 04:20 AM
Younes and Zabaleta.

Action Jackson
08-01-2007, 04:32 AM
Why isn't Jeff Tarango in the poll options? Really.....

For sure he is up there.

ReturnWinner
08-01-2007, 04:34 AM
Rios and Crazy Koeller by far

Kitty de Sade
08-01-2007, 04:44 AM
Why isn't Jeff Tarango in the poll options? Really.....

Sorry. I completely forgot about him. I probably should have put his wife up there too. :D

:lol: Yeah, the two of you and Bruno Rebeuh- three votes for the Tarangos for sure.

kinglear
08-01-2007, 05:43 AM
I say Jim Courier.

bayvalle
08-01-2007, 06:53 AM
I say Jim Courier.
Perhaps the other posters who have indicated their respective choice/s should also add a word or two to explain why. Not too much to ask I guess. Thanks.

FedFan_2007
08-01-2007, 07:21 AM
Definitely The Mighty Fed. Most unlikeable - Nadal.

Primal
08-01-2007, 07:44 AM
Mats Wilander is in the list.

Turquoise
08-01-2007, 09:08 AM
Guga Kuerten. Endearing personality, joyful spirit, he even made skinny look sexy.

Bart.
08-01-2007, 09:13 AM
What's Nadal doing in this poll? :tape::o

Kolya
08-01-2007, 09:22 AM
Mats Wilander.

mrserenawilliams
08-01-2007, 09:25 AM
:scratch: Blake's one of the more liked guys on tour, isn't he? :shrug:

I voted for Roger. The consummate champion, the consummate gentlemen, NOTHING to dislike at all :hearts:

maybe except the beatings :devil: but hey, that's an occupational hazard. :yeah:

and I think Rafa's very likable. I guess he's just intense on court, but off court, he seems very friendly...especially with his compatriots.

ShotmaKer
08-01-2007, 09:37 AM
Yeah Blake is obviously one of the more liked on the tour... I voted for Roger too, though I heard so many great things about Edberg! But I was too young to have an idea to appreciate fully his era! Still Edberg is one of Roger's hero, might because of his class!

Max565
08-01-2007, 10:33 AM
Why is Boris Becker on the list twice? :retard:
:lol: Despite being in the poll twice, he only has three votes so far... :unsure: :tape:

Naide
08-01-2007, 10:51 AM
Kuerten for sure.

Mateya
08-01-2007, 11:00 AM
Oscar Hernandez

:devil:

Ferrero Forever
08-01-2007, 12:00 PM
Well to me Ferrero was the most likeable out of the players I met. Easy to talk to, willing to do almost anything for his fans, he's a genuinely great guy. Others who have been very likeable in person are Moya, Gonzo and Verdasco (there are many others, but these 3 spring to mind.) From what I've heard, many many people consider Federer to be likeable (and he is, he's nice to talk to as well), and Agassi as well seemed very nice on TV (though I wasn't even born when he was in his brat stage hehe.)

CooCooCachoo
08-01-2007, 12:02 PM
Marco Chiudinelli :p There's nothing to dislike.

stebs
08-01-2007, 12:30 PM
I voted for Guga earlier and I'm happy with that choice.

Nowadays the most likeable are Baghdatis and Youzhny imo.

User ID 29337
08-01-2007, 02:15 PM
Federer :)

~Jin~
08-01-2007, 04:06 PM
Roger Federer :angel:

kinglear
08-01-2007, 04:23 PM
Perhaps the other posters who have indicated their respective choice/s should also add a word or two to explain why. Not too much to ask I guess. Thanks.


Because he's a jokester who seems to have fun on court. Basically, he doesn't take himself TOO seriously. In a way, he was playful in the way Roddick is before there even was Roddick. Does that satisfy you. :)

peacechick
08-01-2007, 05:05 PM
massu :tape:
Nope, def Guga :D

The_Nadal_effect
08-01-2007, 05:17 PM
Davydenko. :)

MCL
08-01-2007, 05:24 PM
No question- Guga. Like human sunshine, that one. :)

Guga :cool:

kinglear
08-01-2007, 05:35 PM
Guga :cool:

Yup, I adore his smile. If only his grunt was as pretty. :)

kinglear
08-01-2007, 05:37 PM
Davydenko. :)


I think he's cute. There's something about the way he speaks that reminds me of a baby. :)

TMJordan
08-01-2007, 07:09 PM
Koellerer

adee-gee
08-01-2007, 07:37 PM
Pashanski.

bayvalle
08-01-2007, 08:15 PM
Because he's a jokester who seems to have fun on court. Basically, he doesn't take himself TOO seriously. In a way, he was playful in the way Roddick is before there even was Roddick. Does that satisfy you. :)
Satisfied. Thanks.

miura
08-01-2007, 10:53 PM
Federer. Style.

kinglear
08-02-2007, 12:15 AM
Satisfied. Thanks.


You're welcome. :)

cmurray
08-02-2007, 12:26 AM
Gee. I'm SO happy to see my old thread resurrected again...especially since I can't fix the poll wherein I added Becker twice and Marat not at all. :ras: :lol:

BTW, I can't BELIEVE Federer is beating Guga. :p

Lee
08-02-2007, 12:33 AM
BTW, I can't BELIEVE Federer is beating Guga. :p

Are you really that surprised? I doubt Guga has any chance winning the poll even he is still playing and winning RG. :p

cmurray
08-02-2007, 12:36 AM
Are you really that surprised? I doubt Guga has any chance winning the poll even he is still playing and winning RG. :p

Not really. :lol: If only I'd put Marat in like I'd intended to.....You know the MTF rule about Marat and polls.

atp_rears
08-02-2007, 12:57 AM
alex corretja was a nice guy

Caio_Brasil
08-02-2007, 01:01 AM
Federer more votes than Guga, make me laugh!

Allure
08-02-2007, 01:20 AM
You should have added Roddick on the list. :p

Sunset of Age
08-02-2007, 01:24 AM
Federer more votes than Guga, make me laugh!

I happen to think that BOTH Fed and Guga are pretty likable guys. :angel:

Johnny Groove
08-02-2007, 01:27 AM
I happen to think that BOTH Fed and Guga are pretty likable guys. :angel:

Ugh, is there anybody that you DONT like? :rolleyes:

Its always "hes nice and hes cool", I never hear any negativity from you :p

Sunset of Age
08-02-2007, 01:34 AM
Ugh, is there anybody that you DONT like? :rolleyes:

Its always "hes nice and hes cool", I never hear any negativity from you :p

You are pretty right about that. I rather express my appreciation for people than contempt. I'm a positive person, and even if certain players show 'negative behaviour', I'll be more likely to search for an excuse than bash them for that. :D

But if you really want to know, I don't like 'dopers', Von Gross-schnauts-players and the like. :D

JustDoIt
08-02-2007, 10:12 AM
Cant believe Federer leads :help:

Action Jackson
08-02-2007, 10:15 AM
Federer more votes than Guga, make me laugh!

Fixed.

bokehlicious
08-02-2007, 10:25 AM
Federer more votes than Guga, make me laugh!

Guga who ? :confused: :o :wavey:

bokehlicious
08-02-2007, 10:26 AM
Cant believe Federer leads :help:

Andy should win this poll hands down if he was included in it... :rocker2: :lol:

JustDoIt
08-02-2007, 10:32 AM
Andy should win this poll hands down if he was included in it...

:angel:

ShotmaKer
08-02-2007, 11:23 AM
I don't think Federer behaves that bad... Sure Guga has his terrific charm and you'll never take it off from him, but however, Roger deserves to be at least among the top5 of this poll in my sense! :scratch:
I guess it would have been also intersting to probe out who's people's top5 or top3. Cause the trouble here is that you have only one possiblity to vote, whereas if you could vote for 5 or 3 champs in the order of your preferences, the final result might look totally different and I guess Guga would be #1!

Chris Seahorse
08-02-2007, 11:52 AM
Guga out of this list has to be numero uno.

Lee
08-02-2007, 06:48 PM
Not really. :lol: If only I'd put Marat in like I'd intended to.....You know the MTF rule about Marat and polls.

Well, not much different from Federer and polls ;)

Eden
08-02-2007, 06:57 PM
Cant believe Federer leads :help:

And I can't understand the intolerance of people on MTF sometimes. Just because you don't agree with the opinion of others it isn't necessary to question the opinion of these people.

dorkino
08-03-2007, 12:25 AM
In order of appearance: Edberg,Guga, Federer, Rafa, Baghdatis. And Boris Becker "the second".

ReturnWinner
08-03-2007, 12:33 AM
but are not u doing the same? u are questioning the opinion of JustDoit :lol:
And I can't understand the intolerance of people on MTF sometimes. Just because you don't agree with the opinion of others it isn't necessary to question the opinion of these people.

SwiSha
08-03-2007, 12:40 AM
davydenko or volandri

^Sue^
08-03-2007, 08:10 AM
Roger Federer is the ultimate favourite to me...

laure xxx
08-03-2007, 10:02 AM
Whatever, they're all competitive, self-absorbed shitheads

Chileno
08-03-2007, 11:15 AM
What...no Rios? :D

Burrow
08-05-2007, 12:30 PM
how about stepanek? i find him very funny.

Merton
08-05-2007, 06:00 PM
Isner.

GugaRocksMySocks
08-05-2007, 06:00 PM
Guga obviously. Always smiling, always so humble. Just an all round great person. He should be winning this poll easily imho!

sykotique
08-05-2007, 06:03 PM
Isner.

By a landslide and never in doubt.