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What's with the ridiculous nicknames ??

Momo ? Bepa ? Vivi ?
i just read someone refering to Capriati as "JenJen"
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??

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Weird one is Alyona Dementieva... Alyona is longer than Elena
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I started a thread months ago asking the same question...What about Yeka for Jelena or something like that...you would think they know these people...Nicknames are for friends and family...not fans...

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juju was certainly already shouted during Henins first WTA tourney in Antwerp '99 and I would not be surprised this was the case when she was still a junior.
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i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??
The regular way to form nicknames in french is to double the first syllable of someone's name. So, yes, people do call her Juju, even though she doesn't quite like it.

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Bepa still sounds the same as Vera

Momo is just short for MAUresMO

jenjen does sounds

and Juju en Vivi is just short for their 1st names
don't see anything wrong with that
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Kirilenko is called Masha K.............

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Bepa and Nastya are their Russian names
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Originally Posted by mr_zebra
Momo ? Bepa ? Vivi ?
i just read someone refering to Capriati as "JenJen"
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??

Where am I ???
It's a Euro/Asia thing with sporting people. In America we
do the hero worship, they're greater than the us, mega SuperStars
thing.

In Europe and Asia, even South America they like to
personalize their sporting players to represent someone
familiar- someone just like them. It's a more casual
endearing way to sports viewing or supporting.

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Even in Russian press or anywhere in Russian there almost NEVER are Anastasia's, Maria's, Elena's (or Alyona's). They are Lena's, Nastya's, Masha's!

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The regular way to form nicknames in french is to double the first syllable of someone's name. So, yes, people do call her Juju
"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on.

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !
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Kirilenko is called Masha K.............
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"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on.

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Oh , pleazzzzz . I think pretty much everybody got what i mean except for you maybe

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"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on.

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !
You are very wrong, in Spain everybody knows her as Vivi Ruano, in press, fans, family, everybody calls her Vivi, it's like Conchita Martinez, her name is Concepción, Conchita it's the usual way to call her and the name she likes more
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I started a thread months ago asking the same question...What about Yeka for Jelena or something like that...you would think they know these people...Nicknames are for friends and family...not fans...
Like 'Vee' or 'Rena', you mean?

'Alyona' or 'Lena' for Elena, 'Masha' for Maria and 'Nastya' for Anastasia aren't at all odd - it's just that most people don't know much about how the Russian language works. They're the most common nicknames - like Liz for Elizabeth, or Chris for Christina in English.
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