I can totally imagine the stories about Cake and her mood swings. She is the type that I would think twice about talking to. Benesova looks unapproachable because she looks so serious but she was quite obliging and she photographs so well. If I had known she had a match in less than an hour, I dont think I would have bothered her though
But the best time to take pictures with a player is right after they walk off a court after winning a match
The only player I saw who stuck around after the match and did all requests was Pavlyuchenkova and she looked very happy to do it.
Usually players are most frustrated to take pics when they are 1) just lost a match or 2) on their way to practice. Wait until after the practice.
Seeing as you mentioned that, I tried that once. Davydenko was standing around waiting for a practice court and a fan asked me to take a photo of the two of them. After I took the photo, it occurred to me to ask for one as well, Im not a fan but I thought I might as well get one. He had gone inside the gate onto the court before I could ask him, so he told me to wait until after the practice. Anyway, I should have realised that. I didnt stick around for the practice and he ended up losing first round the next day
Btw, his wife was standing around on court during his practice dressed in her good clothes.
I dont feel so good about stopping players when they are walking about watching matches because it feels like they are in non-player mode and trying not to be recognised. I had Vaidisova standing right next to me for half a match, but noone bothered her apart from one Czech guy. Asking players after practice is the best time, but Ive realised that the only disadvantage is that is when they look their worst because their hair is all sweaty
The only shirtless guy I remember seeing was Feliciano Lopez. He had a bit of a crowd watching his practice and he seemed to be enjoying the attention.