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Friendship in tennis?

Nathaliia
12-07-2005, 07:21 PM
Hi there,
Since I've got the idea for my AAA ("another amazing article" - supposed to be a joke ;) ) which is friendship in tennis, I cannot concentrate on learning for tests tonight, until I'm creating this thread ;). And the "search" options didn't give results to me.

Do you know the players on tour who are the real friends? Acts of friendship?

From what I've noticed, players don't want to talk about it too much, they say they try not to keep too close relations with the others, because it disturbs in playing that person in future. But the Argentinians stick together, so do the Spaniards.

What we have, is my favourite sentence by my favourite Marcelo Rios (Germany, end of 1998): "Having friends is to harm yourself. You can't have friends in tennis".
And by Elena Dementeva (Filderstadt, 2005) who said she wouldn't go for a dinner with other players before the match. Asked, what she would do after the match, she kind of avoided the answer, saying: "Then I am generally thinking about the next match or next tournament".

Thanks in advance, you can also PM me,
best greetings from Poland,
Nathaliia

El Legenda
12-07-2005, 07:26 PM
Ljubicic and Thomas johansson are best friends on the tour. Ljubicic and Ancic are pretty close.

NicoFan
12-07-2005, 07:32 PM
Fernando Gonzalez and Nico Massu are good friends. And I think they are good friends to many of the Argentines.

Fernando said on a Tennis Channel show called Center Court with Chris Myers that he and Nico are competitive on court - but off court you have to be a good friend. And Nico once said that its tough to play Fernando, but they are professionals and can put their friendship aside during the match.

NicoFan
12-07-2005, 07:46 PM
And how about Feli Lopez and Fer Verdasco. They've been close friends since they were younger.

artlinkletter
12-07-2005, 07:52 PM
Mardy fish seems close with every American player. It's as though they "share" him.

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2005, 07:53 PM
Costa & Corretja ;)
Neha & Shikha Uberoi ;)
Koukalova & Cervanova
Stubbs & Graf

And Paola & Vivi of course

Truc
12-07-2005, 07:57 PM
Grosjean and ClÚment, they even wrote a book about their friendship ("Passing potes" :tape: ).

prima donna
12-07-2005, 07:58 PM
I think that Marat is pretty much friendly with all of the players, with the exception of Roddick.

One of the reasons has to be his straight-forward way of thinking and his realistic attitude. A perfect example would be how classy he handled the triumph over Roger last year in Australia, even patting him on the back when he was walking off the court.

Also, I don't know how anyone could forget Lopez and Nadal, those two are so close that it's almost scary.

Can't think of any others at the moment, atleast not off the top of my head. :scratch:

artlinkletter
12-07-2005, 08:01 PM
Also, I don't know how anyone could forget Lopez and Nadal, those two are so close that it's almost scary.


That picture of them looking like identical female twins gives me a the creeps. But, perhaps they qualify as "more than friends".

Sugar Kane
12-07-2005, 08:02 PM
Yeah, Moya and Nadal are a bit more than friends :lol: jk :p

madmanfool
12-07-2005, 08:02 PM
Costa and Corretja came to my mind straight away, but already been said.
I guess in tennis respect is more appropriate then friendship, can't think of many real friends.
Malisse and Rochus perhaps.

prima donna
12-07-2005, 08:02 PM
That picture of them looking like identical female twins gives me a the creeps. But, perhaps they qualify as "more than friends".


:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2005, 08:04 PM
Grosjean and ClÚment, they even wrote a book about their friendship ("Passing potes" :tape: ).

Ah, yeah. I saw that in the FNAC when I was in Paris (I actually went to four book stores to look for it), but it was too expensive :sad:

prima donna
12-07-2005, 08:07 PM
Grosjean is also friendly with Andy Roddick, when the two of them were both living in the general vicinity of Boca Raton, FL they were hitting partners and I've heard both of them speak quite highly of eachother.

So, obviously there is a tad more to it than just hitting a few balls between them.

madmanfool
12-07-2005, 08:15 PM
gotta love these: :hearts: :hearts:

Julio1974
12-07-2005, 08:20 PM
Chela and Zabaleta is a pretty obvious example.

Nadal y Monaco are also very good friends.

Frederick16
12-07-2005, 08:21 PM
i expected bob and mike of an very humorous person... :rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
12-07-2005, 08:22 PM
Gaudio, Chela and Zabaleta are good friends and often socialise together - in fact most of the Argentines (with the exception of Coria) seem to get on very well and often have dinner together during tournaments - likewise Juan Monaco and Rafa Nadal are very good friends. And as NicoFan says - Nico Massu and Fernando Gonzalez get on very well with most of the Argentines too. I have also seen James Blake and Mardy Fish together, and Roger Federer and Mirka often socialise with Max Mirnyi and his wife - though Xenia Mirnyi isn't around the Tour so much since she had their first baby last December.

artlinkletter
12-07-2005, 08:27 PM
Are Coria and Bandy friends? I know they practically grew up playing with one another, but are they still on good terms?

Galaxystorm
12-07-2005, 08:32 PM
* Moya-Corretja :)
* Feliciano Lopez-Robredo :)
* Nadal-Robredo :)
* Ferrero has a close friendship with the rest of spaniards :)
* Gaudio-Coria :)
* Gonzalez-Coria :)
* Hewitt-Coria :)
* ....

MisterQ
12-07-2005, 08:37 PM
I know it's WTA... but a particularly well-documented and interesting friendship is that between Evert and Navratilova. The story is told in the recent book The Rivals, by Johnette Howard.

*Ljubica*
12-07-2005, 08:39 PM
Are Coria and Bandy friends? I know they practically grew up playing with one another, but are they still on good terms?

I would say they have a good professional relationship - but I have never known them go out and eat or socialise together.

Fee
12-07-2005, 08:47 PM
Bobby Reynolds, Robby Ginepri, & Robert Kendrick are really good friends (Rob, Robby, Bobby, that must get confusing when they are all together).

Jan-Mike and Taylor have become pretty good buddies in the last year.

I'd say James and Mardy are pretty close, based only on the two times I've been around them together.

A bunch of the Aussie doubles players seem to be pretty good buddies as well.

Tommy Haas and Glenn Weiner are pretty close, they are always together at tournaments.

There are others that I've seen but for some reason I am going completely blank right now. I don't think its impossible to have good, close friends on tour. In fact, I think they almost have to become friends simply because they see each other so much during the year, more than they would see their friends at home.

Nathaliia
12-07-2005, 08:48 PM
I already know my friends - it's you :wavey: Thanks a lot!

And if other ideas come to your mind feel free to write :yeah:

That thing about Ollie Rochus and Malisse... I guess they had a conflict, and they didn't want to play in DC together? Yee something like this... I should check it on SteveG's forum because it was written somewhere there as I remember.

Also Robin Soderling has nice team mates, thinking of him. When he got SMS "good luck in Bangkok" after he said he had an injury and didn't play in a DC :)

From Polish background, a veteran Bartłomiej Dąbrowski used to coach for some time the talented thing Michał Przysiężny and then they played a match in a futures and Dąbrowski took a timeout (the match was over 3 h long by the way) and after some time Przysiężny also was injured and Dąbrowski shouted: "Don't you think I'll shake hands with you after this". And they didn't shake hands.

The Coria's example is always worth to mention. In Sopot 2005 the only player who hang out with him was a doubles specialist, Martin Garcia.

Sandra
12-07-2005, 08:54 PM
No one said anything about Gael and Richard?I read one they are best friends.
And all the Frenchies get along well.I know PHM is good friends with Gael,Richie and Christophe (even if hes not French :p)

cincy
12-07-2005, 08:54 PM
A lot of the Americans are good friends: Roddick, Ginepri, Blake and the Bryans, and they all admire and look up to Agassi and he spends time with them at his various homes.:angel:

Fish is a friend to those guys but he and Andre don't get along too well since that incident where Fish taunted Andre in San Jose. :mad: Andre can't stand him and never mentions Fish when he is asked about the "good American players." (Of course, that could be because Fish IS NOT a good player, American or otherwise. :lol: :lol: :lol: )

shotgun
12-07-2005, 08:57 PM
Kuerten and N. Lapentti are good friends. They won the junior doubles title at Roland Garros in 1994. I've read in an interview that, apart from other brazilians, Guga is also friends with Moya, Zabaleta and Federico Browne.

Galaxystorm
12-07-2005, 09:01 PM
Moya-Kuerten
Moya-Fernando Vicente ( he's Moya's closest friend on tour )

Now i'm not kidding

Nathaliia
12-07-2005, 09:01 PM
and Fernando Meligeni used to be friends with everyone ;)

SwissMister1
12-07-2005, 09:01 PM
No one said anything about Gael and Richard?I read one they are best friends.
And all the Frenchies get along well.I know PHM is good friends with Gael,Richie and Christophe (even if hes not French :p)

This is true - most of the French players do get along very well with each other, hanging out, supporting each other at matches...and some of the French guys were training and hanging out together in the Alps recently.

Of course, that could be because Fish IS NOT a good player, American or otherwise

:)

Nathaliia
12-07-2005, 09:09 PM
it's from another thread but lemme quote it here
But, I think you remember well the match of US Open 2004, when
Andre has played vs one of his best friends:
Sarge Sargsian (Armenia/Armenian ).

The US commentator asked Andre: "is Sarge his best friend
and that has he himself Armenian roots?"
Andre has officially confirmed it! (I watched thas match by german Eurosport channel; german TV-commentator also did remind tennis fans about Andre's and Sarge's armenian roots).

almouchie
12-07-2005, 09:14 PM
its a difficult sport to have friends in but then again u need some sort of support on the tour. it isnt easy thou

ReturnWinner
12-07-2005, 10:26 PM
Acasuso- Kuerten Acasuso-Gonzalez Coria-Melzer Coria-Sanguinetti Zabaleta-El Aynaoui Calleri -Massu Zabaleta-Moya Monaco-Nadal

Peoples
12-07-2005, 10:41 PM
Haas and Malisse as they're both from Florida and Bollettieri's academy.

JMG
12-07-2005, 11:40 PM
I think Waske and Berrer are friends. ;)

margaret_gn
12-08-2005, 12:23 AM
Ljubicic and Thomas johansson are best friends on the tour. Ljubicic and Ancic are pretty close.

I didn't know about that one, I thought Thomas hangs out more with the Swedish guys, esp Bjorkman?

Federerthebest
12-08-2005, 01:14 AM
A lot of the players on tour are friendly with Bjokrman. Rafter and Bjorkman were best friends on tour and Federer is also one of Bjorkman's good friends.

Corey Feldman
12-08-2005, 01:31 AM
Hewitt and Coria, best friends for life :tape:

nah i think Federer and Henman are good friends,
Hewitt and Henman maybe, lleyton said he likes having someone 'in the locker room that he can talk english with' .. im sure he loves reminding Tim of his 8-0 ownership of him.

clement - grosjean/escude/frenchies
marat - escude
agassi - sargsian
bjorkman - swedes
moya - guga

Corey Feldman
12-08-2005, 01:36 AM
and Roger Federer and Mirka often socialise with Max Mirnyi and his wife - though Xenia Mirnyi isn't around the Tour so much since she had their first baby last December.ah i remember, a pic of roger holding Max's baby, it had tiny nike shoes on :)

Billabong
12-08-2005, 04:14 AM
Guga-Meligeni, Federer-Allegro:)

RickDaStick
12-08-2005, 04:18 AM
Ljubicic and Roddick are pretty close, I hear they go out for drinks every once awhile.

ReturnWinner
12-08-2005, 04:30 AM
Acasuso-Horna Zabaleta-Moya Federer-Olivier Rochus Roddick-Ian Flanagan :p Ferrero has a good relationship with Coria and Gaudio

Hewitt has a good relationship with Gaudio,Calleri- Coria

NyGeL
12-08-2005, 05:14 AM
Zabaleta - Chela
Ca˝as - Moya

actually, Zabaleta usually goes to Mallorca. He, Monaco, Nadal, Arnold and other players spend a week at Moya's house.

Roddick - Fish are good friends too.
Coria - Nalbandian (they play together since they are 4).

liptea
12-08-2005, 06:05 AM
I think a better question is: If the ATP were a gay bar, who would hook up with who?

rommel99
12-08-2005, 06:22 AM
Haas and Malisse as they're both from Florida and Bollettieri's academy.
yeah i know that theyre both in florida and both in bollettieri's, both are scholars actually but i never heard them mention that theyre like friend or something. can anyone confirm this?it would be cool though.. i like them both.

Bj÷rki
12-08-2005, 06:28 AM
Jonas Bj÷rkman and Thomas Johansson are friends :)

Flipper
12-08-2005, 06:43 AM
Funny that you quoted Marcelo Rios in that point... 'cause no one of the players liked him. The players I've talked to call him weird, odd and even kind of arrogant... Anyways: Yes, there are real friendships! You probably never had a look on the doubles-players, right? Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor for example are best friends. Mark also likes to stick together with the Bryan Brothers... I don't know how it looks like in the singles business, but as you allready pointed out: The spaniards stick together, the Swedes stick together... I always had the impression that most of the players have someone on the tour they stick together with. :)

landoud
12-08-2005, 06:56 AM
federer- marat
marat- hewitt
federer - rafa

idolwatcher1
12-08-2005, 07:09 AM
A lot of the Americans are good friends: Roddick, Ginepri, Blake and the Bryans, and they all admire and look up to Agassi and he spends time with them at his various homes.:angel:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/idolwatcher_1-2/rg-DavisCup1.jpg

^ it's one of the few online pics I could find of them three together, I wish there were more of the three of them... :cool:

claudine140
12-08-2005, 07:31 AM
Yeah, Moya and Nadal are a bit more than friends :lol: jk :p

why always making such an insinuations? They are friends, good friends and that is all

~EMiLiTA~
12-08-2005, 09:42 AM
* Moya-Corretja :)
* Feliciano Lopez-Robredo :)
* Nadal-Robredo :)
* Ferrero has a close friendship with the rest of spaniards :)
* Gaudio-Coria :)
* Gonzalez-Coria :)
* Hewitt-Coria :)
* ....

:tape: haha

also hewitt-chela and hewitt-nalbandian

MariaV
12-08-2005, 10:14 AM
marat - escude

:D

lau
12-08-2005, 11:02 AM
IMHO, there are not many real friendships in tennis (of course there are some ;) ) The guys travel from one country to another, living in hotels most part of the year, so I can understand if they socialize and practise with the ones they like the most, or the ones they know since juniors, but... I read (and more than one or two times) different interviews where tennis players confess they don┤t really have friends on tour, but some players they get along with more than others. :)
For example, I do think Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco are friends (they even spend holydays together), but I wouldn┤t say Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt (or Roger Federer) are friends :shrug:
IMO, tennis is a difficult sport to make friends :p . Too many big egos out there :D ;)
BTW, I think a big ego is sometimes needed to play tennis

MariaV
12-08-2005, 11:16 AM
IMHO, there are not many real friendships in tennis (of course there are some ;) ) The guys travel from one country to another, living in hotels most part of the year, so I can understand if they socialize and practise with the ones they like the most, or the ones they know since juniors, but... I read (and more than one or two times) different interviews where tennis players confess they don┤t really have friends on tour, but some players they get along with more than others. :)
For example, I do think Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco are friends (they even spend holydays together), but I wouldn┤t say Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt (or Roger Federer) are friends :shrug:
IMO, tennis is a difficult sport to make friends :p . Too many big egos out there :D ;)
BTW, I think a big ego is sometimes needed to play tennis
I agree Lau, I guess that depends on how one defines friendship in the first place.

lau
12-08-2005, 11:22 AM
I agree Lau, I guess that depends on how one defines friendship in the first place.
yeah..., that`s why I used italyc... I guess I was not clear enough...
Anyway, even when using the most different definitions of friendship, I wouldn┤t call the relation Marat has got with Roger or Lleyton a "friendship".
But, for example, the argies case can be tricky :lol: (specially because we don┤t really know the guys :D :p )

Galaxystorm
12-08-2005, 11:39 AM
actually, Zabaleta usually goes to Mallorca. He, Monaco, Nadal, Arnold and other players spend a week at Moya's house.

They know Moya's home is orgy paradise

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2005, 01:07 PM
Nathaliia, I forgot to add Jacco Eltingh, Paul Haarhuis & Sjeng Schalken when the first two still played. Also, Raemon Sluiter & Martin Verkerk.

Billabong
12-08-2005, 01:14 PM
Costa-Corretja (remember RG 2002;))?

MariaV
12-08-2005, 01:20 PM
yeah..., that`s why I used italyc... I guess I was not clear enough...
Anyway, even when using the most different definitions of friendship, I wouldn┤t call the relation Marat has got with Roger or Lleyton a "friendship".
But, for example, the argies case can be tricky :lol: (specially because we don┤t really know the guys :D :p )
No no, you were clear enough, and I agree with Roger or Lleyton it's not friendship but more like mutual respect, Marat himself has said that so too I think.
You don't know the Argie guys well? ;)

Galaxystorm
12-08-2005, 01:39 PM
Costa-Corretja (remember RG 2002;))?

It was better their kiss on the lips in Sydney 2000 ( Olympics games )

Experimentee
12-08-2005, 01:47 PM
Hrbaty is good friends with Federer, Safin, Novak and most of the Czech and Slovak guys.

LaTenista
12-08-2005, 02:11 PM
Ferrer is friends with Andreev and seems to get on well with all the Spaniards.

El Aynaoui and Arazi

Sampras and Henman

avocadoe
12-08-2005, 02:43 PM
I didn't see Federer and Ollie Rochus mentioned...

mongo
12-08-2005, 03:10 PM
Off topic somewhat, but I prefer the opposite. For instance:
McEnroe-Lendl
McEnroe-Connors
Hewitt-Coria
Coria-Massu
Courier-several

I really didn't care for the mutual admiration between Sampras and Agassi. I'm not a fan of either Hewitt or Coria, but IMO, I think they're good for the game. Tennis needs some players that stir-the-pot.

Nathaliia
12-08-2005, 06:42 PM
Thank you everybody :wavey:
by the way, that's a good question, which players hate each other :lol:

Saumon
12-08-2005, 08:00 PM
actually, Zabaleta usually goes to Mallorca. He, Monaco, Nadal, Arnold and other players spend a week at Moya's house.

:aplot:

Saumon
12-08-2005, 08:04 PM
Thank you everybody :wavey:
by the way, that's a good question, which players hate each other :lol:
a long time ago (it was probably in 2001 or 2002) in a chat with escude on atptennis.com i asked him which player he didnt like and he said "hewitt" :o

NicoFan
12-08-2005, 08:05 PM
by the way, that's a good question, which players hate each other :lol:

Let's not...and say we did... :lol:

Nathaliia
12-08-2005, 08:20 PM
a long time ago (it was probably in 2001 or 2002) in a chat with escude on atptennis.com i asked him which player he didnt like and he said "hewitt" :o
haha ;)
when i asked Chela in Szczecin if he liked Hewitt he looked at me ready to write it down and use in the article:
Uhmmm eeehhh uhhh haha you know the story... yyy errr... Hewitt is a good player you know?

Nathaliia
12-08-2005, 08:22 PM
Let's not...and say we did... :lol:
I think some players hate Daniel Koellerer, let's treat it diplomatically.

Frederick16
12-08-2005, 08:45 PM
i saw pete fire a forehand on greg out of 2 meters distance during paris bercy sometime!!