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Are the players on the WTA friendly enough with fans?

I understand it must be annoying having to put up with endless photo and autograph requests…but are the players friendly enough with fans? Most players I have come across couldn’t wait to get far enough away….they didn’t show much appreciation for the fans at all…I have been dismayed with many and surprised by few…how about you?
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Re: Are the players on the WTA friendly enough with fans?

Well, you don't ask an autograph before a practice or a match. Many people don't understand that simple fact.

The lower ranked players will sign or take a photo for sure. They're happy someone knows them.
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I understand it must be annoying having to put up with endless photo and autograph requests?but are the players friendly enough with fans? Most players I have come across couldn?t wait to get far enough away?.they didn?t show much appreciation for the fans at all?I have been dismayed with many and surprised by few?how about you?
All of the players I met on Wednesday were extremely kind, except the Szavay's and Sharapova (who signed for others before me). I wrote more about it in my report, but I was very impressed by how nice all of the players were. I also heard stories from other spectators saying the same thing. What event did you attend?

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All of the players I met on Wednesday were extremely kind, except the Szavay's and Sharapova (who signed for others before me). I wrote more about it in my report, but I was very impressed by how nice all of the players were. I also heard stories from other spectators saying the same thing. What event did you attend?
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I mostly was only able to speak with the players while they were on the practice court or after they finished their practice. I only got autographs of Vera and Haynes, but both were after they were finished with their practice/match. In general, most of the players I spoke with weren't very kind towards me, but Brenda Schultz-McCarthy was great.

There's still time for me meet and talk with more, though. I'm sure I just spoke with them at bad times.
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I can't stand when players just ignore fans when it's just a simple autograph or picture. I know it's annoying but they have to realise that without the fans they wouldn't have a job, it's as simple as that. I think Billie-Jean needs to get back and drill this into their minds. I think they should give autographs any time, who cares if it's before a match or practice? If they can't re-focus themselves when they actually get on court they should get another job.
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Re: Are the players on the WTA friendly enough with fans?

In some cases the WTA players are not friendly enough with fans and sometimes they are.

I like Conchita Martinez's game but after meeting her I understand why Patty was so nasty to her at one point.
I find Patty to be one of the most friendly players on tour.

Again I remember reading an article on here on one of her fans who is paralyzed but is her biggest fan.
I saw him at the US Open one year and the smile on his face when I called him Patty's biggest fan got me emotional.

Some people have called Nicole Vaidisova's interaction with fans to be rude.
I found her as one of the most mature 16 yo. (at the time) I've come across.

Lisa Raymond has been nice to me but I've seen interactions when she's not.

So it really depends on the player and when you interact with them.
But Conchi is a pure bitch, that's a constant.

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In some cases the WTA players are not friendly enough with fans and sometimes they are.

I like Conchita Martinez's game but after meeting her I understand why Patty was so nasty to her at one point.
I find Patty to be one of the most friendly players on tour.

Again I remember reading an article on here on one of her fans who is paralyzed but is her biggest fan.
I saw him at the US Open one year and the smile on his face when I called him Patty's biggest fan got me emotional.

Some people have called Nicole Vaidisova's interaction with fans to be rude.
I found her as one of the most mature 16 yo. (at the time) I've come across.

Lisa Raymond has been nice to me but I've seen interactions when she's not.

So it really depends on the player and when you interact with them.
But Conchi is a pure bitch, that's a constant.
Yeah, Patty is really nice. Some people are just not in a good mood. It's great to see people who appreciate the fans and sign for everyone but no one's perfect.
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Agree...Patty is really nice...others: Ivanovic, Tanasugarn, Daniilidou etc...

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Nice, and happy to thank you for your wishes, wave, smile:

Vesnina, Daniilidou, Tiantian Sun, Domachowska, Meng Yuan, Zi Yan.
Brenda Shultz-McCarthy.


For the ones that don't seem so approachable/friendly, people have to remember they are trying to get their business done, and it is very hard to have muliple, constant, random interruptions of their lives. At least it would be for me.
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I can't stand when players just ignore fans when it's just a simple autograph or picture. I know it's annoying but they have to realise that without the fans they wouldn't have a job, it's as simple as that. I think Billie-Jean needs to get back and drill this into their minds. I think they should give autographs any time, who cares if it's before a match or practice? If they can't re-focus themselves when they actually get on court they should get another job.
I totally agree. Some players don't seem to understand that it's a three-way cycle of sponsors - supporters - player where the supporters and sponsors play an important role. Not only BJK should drill this into their minds but also player sponsors.
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All of the players I met on Wednesday were extremely kind, except the Szavay's and Sharapova (who signed for others before me). I wrote more about it in my report, but I was very impressed by how nice all of the players were. I also heard stories from other spectators saying the same thing. What event did you attend?
idgi. Agnes and Maria aren't kind because they didn't sign for you first?
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Re: Are the players on the WTA friendly enough with fans?

Give the players a break. During a tournament, players train for a good two hours on court, one hour off court, they often have to do meet and greets with the media, corporate sponsors, all while trying to prepare for upcoming matches and enjoy the city that they are visiting.

How often after a tirelessly long workout in the heat, would you feel like taking pictures, signing autographs, and talking to people for an additional 10 minutes, when you just want to shower, rest, and recouperate?

The players are where they are because of their skills. Not because they befriend the fans. Not because they smile at the cameras. Not because they sign yellow balls.
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idgi. Agnes and Maria aren't kind because they didn't sign for you first?
No, that is not what he meant. Read his day report if you want to understand it.
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From what I've seen of fan behavior toward players, coupled with the fact that players inevitably get wierd, disturbing mail and most probably have stalkers, I wouldn't blame players if they carried a loaded shotgun everywhere they went and shot anyone who came within 10 feet of them.

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