We've all seen crowds really turn on an a player and really give them a hard time. So I was just wondering about the times where the crowd was just overwhelmingly positive toward a certain player. For the most part being from the host country usually endures you to the crowd but we all know that's not always the case. Here are a few crowd moments that stick out to me:
Steffi and the French Open Crowd:
Steffi at French 99- that's a no brainer, even before the crowd turned on Hingis they were overwhelmingly PRO-Steffi. All through out the match you could hear them chanting her name, they really loved her...
Steffi at French 89- (vs. Monica Seles)... I have this match on tape and on my tape the camera stays with the players during the commercial breaks and you can hear the crowd chanting..."steffi, steffi, steffi". During that match Seles was number one so Steffi was the underdog and the crowd, although gracious toward Seles, was definitely PRO-Steffi
Gabriele Sabatini and the US Open Crowd:
The US crowd seemed to have adopted Gabriele as one of their own and no matter who she played she always seemed to have the support of the US crowd. Not sure why she was so popular in the US but she most certainly was...
Venus and the Wimbledon Crowd:
No other crowd seems to be more appreciative of Venus than the Wimby crowd. It seems even when she's the favorite the crowd is still usually very positive toward her, at least comparitively speaking that is...
Kim and the Oz Crowd:
No surprise here, they shower her with cheers and have totally adopted her as one of their own. I wonder how the crowd would side with her playing a "real" ausie- something tells me they would still cheer Kim on to victory...
can't think of any other examples, so share if you've got some more....
STEFWHIT'S MILLATARY RANKS:
The Commander In Chief: Steffi Graf
General: Serena Williams
Admiral: Kim Clijsters
Lieutenant General: Elena Dementieva
Major General: Myskina
nominees for Brigadier General:
Venus, Golovin, Lindsay, Petrova, and Pierce