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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2002, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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What is the Best Way To Meet Pro Tennis Players at and or Near a Tournament?

I'm going to a few early 2003 and I need some tips. Stalkers are welcome to post too.
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Just walk around a lot. I've notied European players (or non americans!) are way more approachable.

I've walked right past so many players, you'll be surprised!
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yep go and approach them from the front
not from behind

its best to goto some challeger events and low tier tourns, you'll be suprised how friendly most are

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Hang out near or in the pubs and bars. You'd be surprised how many turn up in the middle of the day after their midday training sessions.

Or sit in the hotel lobbies and read a good book. You never know your luck. A player might just come along and sit right next to you.

Watch them on the practice courts. Pay keen attention. After they're done, compliment them on a stroke they appeared to be hitting well. Sucking up to them helps if you want to get into their good books. Then you can start up a conversation. Even if you can't tempt them with a free dinner for that night, you'll have spoken to them at least.

Visit some of the tourist attractions in the city of the tournament being played. Some players like to go sightseeing during their days off, or if they lose early. It's rare that they'll train all day every day. Sometimes they'll take one leisurely afternoon or morning off from training.

If you see any of their entourage, approach them too. Chances are, they're more likely to have a chat with you because they're not the ones who have to train or compete so they're not in a hurry to get anywhere. Who knows? If you make a good impression with them, they might just introduce you.

Some DON'Ts: Never approach a player after they've lost a match. They're usually in a grumpy mood and will most likely want to hit the nearest thing that gets in their way.

Never stare at them for longer than 2 seconds. They might think you're a stalker, or they might feel uncomfortable. That's not the aim if you want to meet them.

Never try to meet players in awkward situations such as in a restaurant (they might be very hungry and ready to snarl at you over the last dessert cup), in a restroom (they might be busting or feeling ill and you don't want to be the obstacle in the way of keeping their underwear clean) or when they're trying to receive medical help (they might be in pain and more likely to snap at you).

That's all I can think of right now. Oh yeah, one last thing. If you act like you're not quite all there in the head, but appear friendly enough, they'll become sympathetic to you and treat you like a best friend. Ensure that you have someone with you who can pretend to be your minder or caregiver. If you're in a wheelchair, that's a bonus point. Able-bodied athletes can usually appreciate those less able-bodied than themselves and are more likely to give you their time in that situation.

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Set up a stand at a tournament with the sign "Stolen Williams mojo for sale" and you'll have the entire tour on line waiting to meet you.
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how about meeting them at training sessions?

and how likely are they to agree that you buy them dinner?

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That's all I can think of right now. Oh yeah, one last thing. If you act like you're not quite all there in the head, but appear friendly enough, they'll become sympathetic to you and treat you like a best friend. Ensure that you have someone with you who can pretend to be your minder or caregiver. If you're in a wheelchair, that's a bonus point.
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if they win smile and say "well done".

If the player isn't a bitch ie anyone not in the top 50 they will smile back and say thanks or something similar.

I agree with Eggy, get yourself along to low tiers and challenger events. The girls will be delighted to have some1 actually watching them.

To show who you are supporting only clap for them, usually 3 claps will do it. If you do this all through their match (this happened to me) if the player sees you around they may well come and say thanks etc...

Ask for their autograph! A few players who ahve done this were delighted to sign and take photos. Most of them will ask "r u serious?", "do u know who i am?" etc..... they'll be oevr teh moon some1 likes them.

Donttry to approach them from "behind" as others said, dont interrupt conversations or when they are eating or on the phone.

If you walk past them just smile and say hi. The chances are if they see you again they'll smile and say hi back.

The girls are stuck-up bitches like many people think. It's just a shame that the minority give them a bad name. And its the minority that are always on TV.
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no seriously I wanna ask daniela for a date

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Try to go to a buger king which is near, sometimes it works.

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i dont think venus and sernea will be at burger king.

thanks for the tips. the lobby sound good but if my firends see me they will think im stalking somebody
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i was never a tennisplayer, but very tensed before a competition. Once i gave a man a puch right in the face, I think he asked something about a car, and I was desperat for being alone and consentrate .
My hand hurt like hell afterwards

So one advice, avoid difficult questions befor a match
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actually I think the best thing to do would be to talk to them when they're done training, they should be more relaxed

and maybe it's best not to take them out to eat, they might get sick at the restaurant and not play and blame it on you hehehehhe

what about meeting them while they're on vacation?

is daniela going to the US soon, or florida for that matter? cos next year I'm gunna be there for about 3-4 months

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