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The French have such a reputation for producing great players, that are able to compete and perform on such a graceful level.

Both Male & Female.

It started with Suzanne Lenglen, my god, ballet & tennis mixed together. Absolutely breathtaking and she was a superb champion. I watch a little footage of her and view photographs, some of the poses are absolutely unbelievable. What a stylish woman, drinking brandy in-between points. Great attire, great game, she beat you with her mind. The closest thing to Suzanne ever produced in the modern era would have to be Martina Hingis.

Then, Amelie Mauresmo. Beautiful game.
Yannick Noah, once again, such charisma and finesse. Serve & Volley.
Now, look, Richard Gasquet. The boy plays absolutely breathtaking tennis, seriously, the french have not produced a great champion in quite some time; but they know how to win in style. I'll tell you that much.

Which means a lot to a superficial guy like me, better to lose pretty than to win ugly. :)

The only french player with a less than desirable game if Sebastian Grosjean, he's a little guy, so hustles a bit more ... but when it comes to attacking and movement, the French are absolute masters. Richard Gasquet's backhand winners are even more beautiful than some shots produced by Fedex.

I guess their play is a reflection of the country. :)
 

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As JMac aptly put it - "It is against the law to play tennis without flair in France". :D
 

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Grosjean's game is stylish as well.

It's amazing if you think about:
Clement - good on grass, hard and clay
Grosjean - good on grass, hard and clay
Gasquet - good on grass, hard and clay
Monfils - good on grass, hard and clay
Escude - good on grass, hard and clay
Santoro - equally above average on all surfaces
Llodra - good on grass and hard
Paul Matheiu - good on hard and clay, decent on grass

What's more is that they are all good at doubles as well.
 

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Gasquet's game is more beautiful to watch then Fed's IMHO. That backhand is the most gorgeous shot I've seen. :worship:
 

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Blowe said:
Gasquet's game is more beautiful to watch then Fed's IMHO. That backhand is the most gorgeous shot I've seen. :worship:
Overall no. Backhand - without a doubt.
 

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rofe said:
Overall no. Backhand - without a doubt.
I think Fed has a much more fluid and gorgeous service motion, but other than that...we can agree to disagree
 

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The French have such a reputation for producing great players, that are able to compete and perform on such a graceful level.

Both Male & Female.

It started with Suzanne Lenglen, my god, ballet & tennis mixed together. Absolutely breathtaking and she was a superb champion. I watch a little footage of her and view photographs, some of the poses are absolutely unbelievable. What a stylish woman, drinking brandy in-between points. Great attire, great game, she beat you with her mind. The closest thing to Suzanne ever produced in the modern era would have to be Martina Hingis.

Then, Amelie Mauresmo. Beautiful game.
Yannick Noah, once again, such charisma and finesse. Serve & Volley.
Now, look, Richard Gasquet. The boy plays absolutely breathtaking tennis, seriously, the french have not produced a great champion in quite some time; but they know how to win in style. I'll tell you that much.

Which means a lot to a superficial guy like me, better to lose pretty than to win ugly. :)

The only french player with a less than desirable game if Sebastian Grosjean, he's a little guy, so hustles a bit more ... but when it comes to attacking and movement, the French are absolute masters. Richard Gasquet's backhand winners are even more beautiful than some shots produced by Fedex.

I guess their play is a reflection of the country. :)
Well Goolagong also had a gorgeous game, so balanced on her movement and Mandlikova to a certain extent her net game was quite exquisite. Nevertheless Hingis hands are just so gifted :worship:
 

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Blowe said:
Gasquet's game is more beautiful to watch then Fed's IMHO. That backhand is the most gorgeous shot I've seen. :worship:
I love Gasquet and his BH is exquisite but nobody comes close to Guga's BH that was a gift from God himself :worship:
 

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oneandonlyhsn said:
I love Gasquet and his BH is exquisite but nobody comes close to Guga's BH that was a gift from God himself :worship:
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to oneandonlyhsn again.
 

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oneandonlyhsn said:
I love Gasquet and his BH is exquisite but nobody comes close to Guga's BH that was a gift from God himself :worship:
i dunno... thats a close one, but i have to give a slight edge to gasquet's...
 

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You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to oneandonlyhsn again.
:hug: :inlove:
 

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oneandonlyhsn said:
I love Gasquet and his BH is exquisite but nobody comes close to Guga's BH that was a gift from God himself :worship:
No doubt that backhand is what won him those Roland Garros titles, and what got him to number 1, well of course the whole package but its what either set him up for a winner or most of the time was a clean winner. Thats what you call a backhand, mmm just divine. :worship:
 

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I guess their play is a reflection of the country. :)
From your smilie, I conclude that you are not serious about this, are you? While I totally agree with your justified praise of many French players, Gasquet in particular, I don't think that this has anything to do with their nationality. Stylish players come from all parts of the world: Guga's BH has been mentioned and Stefan Edberg's BH volley still has to be topped, I feel.
 

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From your smilie, I conclude that you are not serious about this, are you? While I totally agree with your justified praise of many French players, Gasquet in particular, I don't think that this has anything to do with their nationality. Stylish players come from all parts of the world: Guga's BH has been mentioned and Stefan Edberg's BH volley still has to be topped, I feel.
True... and despite their talent and pretty game, unfortunately French players have been pretty weak in the mental department, except Noah maybe... let's hope Gasquet is made in a different material...
 

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Of course, zis is most certainly reflections of my home country, the land of wine and snails, froglegs and womens with hairy armpits. Finesse come naturally to us, because we reject all capitalism and revolt against tyranny, and choosing more a finesse lifestyle and attitude towards sport.
 

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here in the philippines everyone plays with finesse and with sooooo much beauty.. too bad no one is in the top 1000!!!
 

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Puschkin said:
From your smilie, I conclude that you are not serious about this, are you? While I totally agree with your justified praise of many French players, Gasquet in particular, I don't think that this has anything to do with their nationality. Stylish players come from all parts of the world: Guga's BH has been mentioned and Stefan Edberg's BH volley still has to be topped, I feel.
The French by far have had the most stylish players, I'm being completely serious. :)
 

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Yes players talk about this frequently . I recall Marat saying during this season (he was about to play some French person) that he knew what to expect because the player was French, would play very beautiful tennis.

I like to watch some graceful tennis. But ultimately, whatever wins the match is what they should have, not the most beauty all the time, sometimes they need brute power and ugly winning shots
 

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Can anyone tell me what is beautiful tennis concretely? Personally I think Dokic plays (used to) great entertaining tennis that was impressive to watch. So thats what I would call beautiful tennis but ppl seem to think players who use many different shots and who dont hit that hard do? Why? why does that make it beautiful tennis? And also what the hell is a beautiful shot? For me everyshot that goes in with power is a beautiful shot.
 
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