It just clicks you either like people or you don't and I don't see what having different game styles and personas have to do with anything. It's like friends there are some you can go to the football and joke around with and others you can talk about politics and world events to. I don't put one group of friends above the other I like them both for who they are
Thanks for your entry, BDS321
. So, the answer of BDS321 is: it's purely irrational
I don't see immediately a parallel with making friends though. After all, for nearly all of us the only contact we make with top professional tennis players is by watching them play, and most of the time on a TV or computer screen. So, for me for example, whom do I support is very much predetermined
by their behavior on and off court.
You make friends in real life, on the other hand, through a direct
personal contact, and I stress the word direct
Maybe by repeatedly meeting and spending time with somebody, or by forging spiritual bonds by writing to each other for a long period of time.
Side note: There are two Jankovic fans here who are Ana haters (You know who I'm talking about
) but even more shocking than that is there's a Pova fan who likes Aga
Strong rivalry brings tension unfortunately. I suppose if the two Serbian girls were showing a lot of affection to each other their fans would do the same and basically form the same camp.
Regarding Sharapova. I may surprise you, BDS321
, but when Sharapova made her meteoric entry in 2004, I became her instant fan. And despite feeling warm to a number of other players like Anastasia Myskina, Kim Clijsters, and more recently, Justine Hénin, I still was essentially her fan until the last U.S. Open when I saw Agnieszka playing against her.
I have to say that the two CBS commentators who were covering that match were very gracious, and were saying great things about Agnieszka throughout the whole match. Their nice comments certainly predisposed me well towards her.
Since then I began following her career, and after the Australian Open I realized I really liked her game.
Returning to Sharapova: I admire her many undeniable, in my opinion, qualities. What puts me off though is her incessant shrieking noises on the court (it really does), her fist pumping, and her rather one-dimensional very aggressive game whose only
purpose is to win the match.
I freely admit, I am rather going to support a player whose game possesses elegance, cunning, and variety of shots, whether she wins or loses, over a player who nearly always wins but whose game is, sorry to say that, ugly.
And, not to forget Maria's supporters at various tennis forums... For some reason the ones I was exposed to were gloating fanatics, and I am talking about my experience from other fora as well, not just TennisForum. I know that this is not Sharapova's fault as well as that not all Sharapova's fans are alike. Still...
So, I loved to support Sharapova in the days when she was an underdog, but today my sympathy is firmly with Agnieszka.