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mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 12:45 PM
Momo ? Bepa ? Vivi ?
i just read someone refering to Capriati as "JenJen"
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??

Where am I ???

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 1st, 2005, 12:50 PM
Weird one is Alyona Dementieva... Alyona is longer than Elena :ignore:

Cam'ron Giles
Apr 1st, 2005, 12:55 PM
I started a thread months ago asking the same question...What about Yeka for Jelena or something like that...you would think they know these people...Nicknames are for friends and family...not fans...:rolleyes:

gopher
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:01 PM
juju was certainly already shouted during Henins first WTA tourney in Antwerp '99 and I would not be surprised this was the case when she was still a junior.

minboy
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:03 PM
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??



The regular way to form nicknames in french is to double the first syllable of someone's name. So, yes, people do call her Juju, even though she doesn't quite like it.

mandy7
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:04 PM
Bepa still sounds the same as Vera :rolleyes:

Momo is just short for MAUresMO

jenjen does sounds :cuckoo:

and Juju en Vivi is just short for their 1st names
don't see anything wrong with that

Chunchun
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:04 PM
Kirilenko is called Masha K............. :haha: :tape:

Pengwin
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:09 PM
Bepa and Nastya are their Russian names

Greenout
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:17 PM
Momo ? Bepa ? Vivi ?
i just read someone refering to Capriati as "JenJen"
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??

Where am I ???

It's a Euro/Asia thing with sporting people. In America we
do the hero worship, they're greater than the us, mega SuperStars
thing.

In Europe and Asia, even South America they like to
personalize their sporting players to represent someone
familiar- someone just like them. It's a more casual
endearing way to sports viewing or supporting.

Lady
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:26 PM
Even in Russian press or anywhere in Russian there almost NEVER are Anastasia's, Maria's, Elena's (or Alyona's). They are Lena's, Nastya's, Masha's! :p

mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:29 PM
The regular way to form nicknames in french is to double the first syllable of someone's name. So, yes, people do call her Juju

"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on. :rolleyes:

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !

Jackson.
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:31 PM
Kirilenko is called Masha K............. :haha: :tape:

:lol: :lol:

minboy
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:33 PM
"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on. :rolleyes:

!

Oh , pleazzzzz :rolleyes: . I think pretty much everybody got what i mean except for you maybe

jj74
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:35 PM
"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on. :rolleyes:

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !

You are very wrong, in Spain everybody knows her as Vivi Ruano, in press, fans, family, everybody calls her Vivi, it's like Conchita Martinez, her name is Concepción, Conchita it's the usual way to call her and the name she likes more

sartrista7
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:48 PM
I started a thread months ago asking the same question...What about Yeka for Jelena or something like that...you would think they know these people...Nicknames are for friends and family...not fans...:rolleyes:

Like 'Vee' or 'Rena', you mean?

'Alyona' or 'Lena' for Elena, 'Masha' for Maria and 'Nastya' for Anastasia aren't at all odd - it's just that most people don't know much about how the Russian language works. They're the most common nicknames - like Liz for Elizabeth, or Chris for Christina in English.

Shonami Slam
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:52 PM
yevgenia is Yeffi! (remember the name...)

nicknames are a way of saying "i adore this player, so i have the roght to treat her as something close - i take pride in her wins, i mourn her losses and i feel that any emotion she's going through reflects on me too"
and sometimes they are just SO cool.
smashy! :)

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:58 PM
Some people will complain about anything.

Allez-H
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:00 PM
Look who's talking...Mr Zebra :tape:

Joana
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:01 PM
Look who's talking...Mr Zebra :tape:

Ha! ;)

People should sometimes remember that English is not the only language in the world.

mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:09 PM
it's like Conchita Martinez, her name is Concepción

And you people call her "Conchi" ? why ?
It's a term of endearment if you KNOW the person, not if you're an anonymous fan.

I think if Zvonerava was walking off court and you yelled "Bepa !!" at her, she'd call security on your ass.
Same if you yelled "JUJU" at Henin - she'll be like.."Do i know you?"

mr zebra is a song title, that's all. not a nickname.

Epigone
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:12 PM
I think if Zvonerava was walking off court and you yelled "Bepa !!" at her, she'd call security on your ass.Why? :scratch:

That's her name :)

jj74
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:13 PM
And you people call her "Conchi" ? why ?
It's a term of endearment if you KNOW the person, not if you're an anonymous fan.

I think if Zvonerava was walking off court and you yelled "Bepa !!" at her, she'd call security on your ass.
Same if you yelled "JUJU" at Henin - she'll be like.."Do i know you?"

mr zebra is a song title, that's all. not a nickname.

And what's wrong with that, Conchita and Conchi are the same, there some people in this forum who knows her, it's a way to show affection, and i don't think nothing wrong with that

AsTrOnOtUs
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:15 PM
Clicli for kim

mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:16 PM
My best friends name is Margaret.
If someone she knew occasionally, like an acquaintance, came up to her and said "Hey MarMar, how are you?" Would you find that odd ?

Now imagine it if the person didn't even KNOW Margaret. That's what it's like calling Capriati "jenjen".
stupid !

jj74
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:19 PM
Maybe but does not the case of names like Conchita or Vivi. I have a neighbour called Concepción and all people call her Conchi

andrewC
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:32 PM
Kirilenko is called Masha K............. :haha: :tape:

i've also heard people call her "Makiri". why are people so lazy? lol

PointBlank
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:40 PM
Well Bepa is exactly how Vera is spelled in Russian..so it is pronounced exactly like Vera

tennislover
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:42 PM
i'm sorry but i like it.....

enna, juju, momo...... :)

tennnisfannn
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:49 PM
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??

No, they call her 'Ujuj' :lol: :lol: :lol: to date I still laugh about that!

tennislover
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:52 PM
No, they call her 'Ujuj' :lol: :lol: :lol: to date I still laugh about that!

:lol:

SilK
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:02 PM
I mean, we've had GuGa at the mens side for years! :D :worship:

edit: damn, I need some sleep, of course I meant GuGA :arg:

tennislover
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:05 PM
I mean, we've had GuGu at the mens side for years! :D :worship:
:lol:

mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:06 PM
Well Bepa is exactly how Vera is spelled in Russian

yea, but there's pure bread American's on this forum calling her that, that's what's silly.
On the WTA tour, she isn't Bepa Zvonereva, or Concepcion Martinez, so why do WE take it upon ourselves to re-name them ?

by the way, could there be anything LESS important to waste space over ?! lol !

Chunchun
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:31 PM
i've also heard people call her "Makiri". why are people so lazy? lol

"Makiri" is acceptable for me, but "Masha K" is ..... :o :help:







gosh, the sharapova effect :smash:

Chunchun
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:33 PM
Clicli for kim
:eek: :rolls: :rolls:

PointBlank
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:43 PM
Um your not renaming someone if that is there name :shrug:

Beat
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:52 PM
not only are they ridiculous, they are terribly annoying.

BlazeII
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:00 PM
Whats wrong with having nicknames for your favorite players?

It's not to say that anyone is writing and using these nicknames.

I for one find it difficult to spell Anastasia every time or Maria Sharapova/Kirilenko each time I'm referring to them. A common nickname don't hurt anyone unless ofcourse you yell it at the person during a match.

vogus
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:01 PM
Hello, "BEPA" is just the Russian alphabet spelling of the name pronounced "VERA". I think most of the people who write "Bepa" are aware of that, so they're not actually calling her a name pronouced "BEE-puh".

"Lena" (Dementieva et al), "Nastya" (Myskina, Rodionova) and "Annya" (Kournikova, Smashnova) are not nicknames, they are the actual colloquial names that these girls are called, so it's not a stretch. I agree with you though that "JenJen" is pushing it.

Julia1968
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:03 PM
Momo ? Bepa ? Vivi ?
i just read someone refering to Capriati as "JenJen"
i mean, does ANYONE really call Henin "JuJu" ??

Where am I ???

I think the nicknames are much easier to pronounce and much shorter than some of their real names for commentators.

Dementinator
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:11 PM
Bleeding Hell!! this is gettin ugly in here!!

I am getting out before someone gets hurt!!

Gallofa
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:15 PM
"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on. :rolleyes:

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !

I think you need to relax a bit. Vivi is how Virginia calls herself, and how her family calls her, she goes by that name publicly, whether you like it or not. So by saying "Vivi" is idiotic what you are actually doing is insulting Ruano (who came up with the name herself) rather than any of us... Same as María Luisa Serna, who came up with the name Magüi all on her own, or Concepción Martínez, who preferred to be called Conchita... or María del Aguila León, who preferred Gala... Just because it is a nickname or shorterning of their name does not mean any form of disrespect, at least in my cuture.

vutt
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:36 PM
Few I find kind of low IQish:
Sharky
MoMo
Rena


and btw. BEPA is indeed most accurate spelling here we probably will ever get to see about all those russians. So stop complaining :angel:

Martian Willow
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:49 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40038000/jpg/_40038776_zvonareva.jpg

Stop calling me Beeper. :bigcry:

miffedmax
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:56 PM
It's a Euro/Asia thing with sporting people. In America we
do the hero worship, they're greater than the us, mega SuperStars
thing.

In Europe and Asia, even South America they like to
personalize their sporting players to represent someone
familiar- someone just like them. It's a more casual
endearing way to sports viewing or supporting.

In Brazil, most soccer players are better known by their nicknames.

By Zebra's logic we must now stop referring to Shaq as anything other than Shaquille (or perhaps Mr. O'Neal?), Zizou must always be Zinedane, Chipper Jones is Larry Wayne and Pele is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

And anyone replying to this post must address me as Maxwell.

Sheesh.

veryborednow
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:56 PM
"JenJen" is a remenant from the early 90s when Jen was 14 or whatever, it's what the press called her.

CooCooCachoo
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:59 PM
"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on. :rolleyes:

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !


You obviously don't know how to pronounce Justine in French.

CooCooCachoo
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:00 PM
And you people call her "Conchi" ? why ?
It's a term of endearment if you KNOW the person, not if you're an anonymous fan.

I think if Zvonerava was walking off court and you yelled "Bepa !!" at her, she'd call security on your ass.
Same if you yelled "JUJU" at Henin - she'll be like.."Do i know you?"

mr zebra is a song title, that's all. not a nickname.

Bepa sounds like Vera :shrug:

SilK
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:01 PM
:o calling Anna & Martina 'The Spice Girls' was horrible though... :bolt:

CooCooCachoo
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:02 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40038000/jpg/_40038776_zvonareva.jpg

Stop calling me Beeper. :bigcry:

:lol:

Petersmiler
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:07 PM
It happens all over the place, I don't really see the problem?

David Beckham is always referred to in the press as Becks, ironic really considering the whole Rebecca scandal!

Kart
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:10 PM
I think you need to relax a bit.

Not a bit, a lot.

daniela86
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:16 PM
What about Yeka for Jelena
Jeka(as well as Jeca,Jela)is the surname in serbian for Jelena just like Lena is for Elena in russian :D

mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:18 PM
i'm not relaxing. The Pope is dying and i'm more upset about moron's wasting bandwidth by posting such gems as "allez, MoMo !!"

And anyone replying to this post must address me as Maxwell.

you got it, madmaxma !!

griffin
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:52 PM
i'm more upset about moron's wasting bandwidth by posting such gems as "allez, MoMo !!"



Indeed, precious bandwidth should be saved for wicked clevah threads such as this one :p

mr_zebra
Apr 1st, 2005, 05:53 PM
allez, griffgriff !

griffin
Apr 1st, 2005, 06:00 PM
woof.

~Rachel~
Apr 1st, 2005, 06:58 PM
I'm a bit embarassed to admit this but I thought 'Nastya' was something the fans actually came up with :tape: As if in 'Nasty' cause of when she used to hurl abuse at her coach :o I didn't know it was actually her 'proper' name in Russian :lol:

You learn something new every day :angel:

Bankhead Bounce
Apr 1st, 2005, 07:02 PM
I started a thread months ago asking the same question...What about Yeka for Jelena or something like that...you would think they know these people...Nicknames are for friends and family...not fans...:rolleyes:

Never heard Yeka but Jelly is just as :scratch:

These names are annoying but fans will be fans.

Joch0m
Apr 1st, 2005, 07:16 PM
If the players really hate it that much, then why is Svetlana Kuznetsova's autograph "SVETA"? :o

PointBlank
Apr 1st, 2005, 07:49 PM
Players even call her Sveta..thats like Kim for Kimberly or Jen for Jennifer in Russia..

creep
Apr 1st, 2005, 07:59 PM
Possibly this will ease the growing tension. Maybe not. Hehe

http://www.thejokefactory.org/Other_stuff/Office_Nick_Name_Generator.htm

Lemonskin.
Apr 1st, 2005, 10:10 PM
Whaddabout my personal fave... Prattitude :D

andrewbroad
Apr 1st, 2005, 10:49 PM
On the WTA tour, she isn't Bepa Zvonereva

No, she's Вера Звонарёва (Vera Zvonareva).

--
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http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/)

pav
Apr 2nd, 2005, 12:41 AM
I've been called "Dickhead"a few times,does that mean My real name is Richard Cranium?

ceiling_fan
Apr 2nd, 2005, 12:44 AM
Justine's name is pronounced Zhoo-Steen

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 2nd, 2005, 01:21 AM
Allez Momo! Je t'adore, Juju, ma petite! Udachi Bepa! Vamos Conchi! :hearts:

Shenanigans
Apr 2nd, 2005, 01:46 AM
Allez Momo! Je t'adore, Juju, ma petite! Udachi Bepa! Vamos Conchi! :hearts:

:lol: et Au revoir Sharky

Fingon
Apr 2nd, 2005, 03:41 AM
"Ju" is not the first syllable of her name. If you're going by that logic, we must now call her JusJus for now on. :rolleyes:

And how stupid is "Alyona" ? or even "Lena". ?
And there's NO excuse for calling someone named Virginia "Vivi". idiotic.
lets use the syllable rule and call her VirVir. or GinGin. Or how about NOTHING because NO ONE in tennis calls her anything BUT Virginia.

i'm glad a lot of people agree with me for a change !

please do tell us how we must name people.

Miss Maria Sharapova

Your excellence Lindsay Davenport.

Lady Venus Ebony Starr Williams.

and if you are trying to be clever you are failing miserably. You don't need excuses to call anybody anything, nicknames are whatever people want them to be. It doesn't have to be a logical connection, if Virginia is called Vivi, then you can call her Vivi, there isn't a law to give nicknames to people.

Lena is so stupid that she calls herself Lena :rolleyes:

btw, what's your nickname? stupid?

MrYonex
Apr 2nd, 2005, 03:49 AM
I think all of the Russian nicknames are weird. Why can't you just call them by their first name instead of trying to mix the two?? :rolleyes:

Fingon
Apr 2nd, 2005, 04:01 AM
I think all of the Russian nicknames are weird. Why can't you just call them by their first name instead of trying to mix the two?? :rolleyes:

what are you talked about? Masha is NOT MA-RIA SHA-RAPOVA

vogus
Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:08 AM
I think all of the Russian nicknames are weird. Why can't you just call them by their first name instead of trying to mix the two?? :rolleyes:


that's what people are doing, they ARE calling the Russians by their colloquial first names. It's very simple.

DutchieGirl
Apr 2nd, 2005, 06:48 AM
hmm Michaella Krajicek gets "Mies" or "Misa"...but then she's said on her brother's website, that she preferes Misa anyway! :D

I don't see what the big deal is that we call players by nicknames on a message board. I mean if I talked to a player then I'd normally say their proper name anyway.

Cris Senior
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:02 AM
It seems that a some people in the site are very young or otherwise very immature and have a very active fanatasy life by which they see themselves in intimate terms with players,therefore the ridiculous nicknames..

~ The Leopard ~
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:20 AM
I think I'd like some fish for dinner. Anyone care to join me? A nice big piece of flake would be good. There seems to be a certain amount of it around here. Take the thread starter for example.

Caz
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:40 AM
As regards the whole nickname thing, personally, I would never use a nickname for a player, unless it was used by everyone, and therefore, probably the name the player liked to be called by, ie. Magüi, Conchita, Vivi etc. And, while we're still taking Vivi as an example, as others have said, everyone calls her 'Vivi', her fans, her friends, her family, even the media, so, I would take that to mean she prefers that name, but, perhaps she still stays with her full name as her official name on the tour because she wants her full name written down for her achievments? I know that's certainly the case for me; virtually everyone calls me 'Caz' and I prefer that, but I would never dream of using anything other than my full name (including middle name) for anything offical.

As for Bepa, that is just Vera using the Russian alphabet. Why is that so difficult to comprehend? I wouldn't write it like that personally, cos I'm not Russian, but she is, so if people, or even the tour, want to write her name correctly, that's how they would do it.

Jenny.C.Fan
Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:53 AM
I like the nicknames, especially jen-jen :)

Petersmiler
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:02 AM
I still don't understand the problem, ZebZeb?

Brαm
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:25 AM
No, she's Вера Звонарёва (Vera Zvonareva).

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http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/zvona/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/)
Actually her name is Zvonarova I think :confused:

But the name was spelt incorrectly when she played her first international tournament and since then she's called Zvonareva with an "e" instead of an "o" :o

Epigone
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:32 AM
Actually her name is Zvonarova I think :confused:

But the name was spelt incorrectly when she played her first international tournament and since then she's called Zvonareva with an "e" instead of an "o" :oHer name is Звонарёва, and in Russian, ё sounds like "yo".

Veritas
Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:55 AM
Elena is now also known amongst her fans as 'Golden Goddess' :worship: :worship: :worship:

Thanks Captain Dementinator :)

jrm
Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:34 PM
My nicknames are legendary ...

E. Blackadder
Apr 2nd, 2005, 06:24 PM
JuJu is often used in Belgium


you pronounce it: "zju-zju"