As we all know, tennis fans are very passionate about who they cheer for/against in matches. We all have our favorites, as well as our least favorites. For some of us, those favorite/least favorite players remain constant throughout the years. I was wondering, how many of you have totally flipped your opinion of a player(s)? Are there any players you originally strongly disliked, but then a few years later/after a specific event you started cheering for them? Are there any players who were originally included in your list of faves, but then 1 day you totally turned against them?
For example, back in the day, I used to despise Hingis. I respected her as a player, but she annoyed the crap out of me. I hated the "Chuckie" smile, I hated her lack of a serve, and I couldn't stand the fact that she was #1 throughout most of 2000-2001 without winning a slam. Back then, Hingis couldn't and didn't lose often enough.
Fast forward to 2006-the return of Hingis. Instantly, I found myself cheering for her, and I was thrilled that she could return to such a high level of play so quickly after such a long break. After reading about all the experts who predicted she would fail in her comeback, I was delighted when Hingis flew up the rankings to #6, knocking out a bunch of top players along the way. I appreciated her style of play against the new girls, and came to love the "Chuckie smile". Of course, she never replaced my most favorite players, but she was a new addition to the ones I supported. Even after the alleged coke scandal, I'm still a fan of hers now.
How about the rest of you?