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I know the Big 3 get nicknames created by their fans, such as Grass Grazing Farm Animal, Sexy Spaniard, and Slidey McBackhand. I'm also aware of Pete Sampras' nickname Handgun Sampras so the question is what did older tennis legends get affectionately called by fans?
 

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Borg: Ice Borg
Nastase: Nasty
McEnroe: the brat
Lendl: Ivan the Terrible
Agassi: the kid of Las Vegas
Becker: Boum Boum
Connors: Jimbo. or.. "the immodest"


Edberg.. in France.. "le grand méchant mou" (cf. le grand méchant loup,The Big Bad Wolf )
Wilander: Mats la menace (cf. Max , Get Smart)
etc etc
 

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Rene Lacoste: The Crocodile
JC Ferrero: The Mosquito
Pete Sampras: The Sultan of Swing
Lew Hoad: The Golden Boy
Ken Rosewall: Muscles
Rod Laver: Rocket
Lleyton Hewitt: Legs
Stan Wawrinka: Stanimal
Gaston Gaudio: El Gato
Guillermo Coria: El Mago
 

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Sampras: Pistol Pete
McEnroe: Super Brat
Borg: Ice Man
Lendl: Ivan the Terrible, Terminator
Hewitt: Rusty
Becker: Boom Boom
Laver: Rocket
Rosewall: Muscles
Gonzales: Gorgo
Nastase: Nasty
 

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Bjorn Borg — "ice borg/ice man"
Mac(Enroe) — "Superbrat"
Ivan Lendl — "The Terminator"
Gottfried von Cramm — "the baron"
Ion Tiriac — "Count Dracula"
Tom Okker — The Flying Dutchman
Richard Krajicek — "de kraai" (Dutch nickname meaning "the crow")
 

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Jonathan Morgan - Johnny Groove 😒
 

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Vilas : Willie
Coria: Willie
Cañas: Willie
Gonzales : Bomber from La Reina (?)
Nalbandian: King David
Kuerten: Guga
 

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Marcelo Rios - El Chino (weird)
Marat Safin - Safinator
Augustin Calleri - Gordo
Juan Ignacio Chela - The Ripper (from Last Action Hero)
Goran Ivanisevic - Zec
Richard Krajicek - Crackerjack
Paradorn Scrichaphan - Ball
 

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Mecir - The Cat, Il Gattone and Le Prestidigitateur.
 
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