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judie
Jul 6th, 2007, 03:42 AM
The nicst players I've ever met are Lindsay, Kim, Martina, Monica and Mary. They were so warm and friendly.

mankind
Jul 6th, 2007, 04:10 AM
I've had bad experiences with Serena and Vaidisova. :bigcry:
Kim is very warm and friendly to fans, I agree, so is Mauresmo.
Justine was very nice as well, and Lucie Safarova,
Shahar Peer is lovely, although she was a bit upset because she lost but she still signed stuff.
Anna Chakvetadze lost too, but she was still ok.

heytennis
Jul 6th, 2007, 04:13 AM
I've never met any players unfortunately. I've only ever been to one tennis tournament where I saw one match. Federer vs Gonzalez.

meyerpl
Jul 6th, 2007, 04:55 AM
I feel sorry for players at tournaments because they are constantly accosted by fans seeking pictures and autographs. It's embarrassing and uncomfortable for me to watch, so I intentionally cut players a wide path and leave them alone. They are forced to walk quickly and avoid eye contact with anybody when trying to get anywhere or they'd never get where they're going.
That said, Emilie Loit looked me right in the eye and gave me a warm smile after one of her matches. I smiled back and became an instant fan.

sfselesfan
Jul 6th, 2007, 05:46 AM
One time, at band camp...

SF

Reuchlin
Jul 6th, 2007, 05:47 AM
Mary Pierce and Petrova were hot!

judie
Jul 6th, 2007, 07:33 AM
I've had bad experiences with Serena and Vaidisova. :bigcry:
Kim is very warm and friendly to fans, I agree, so is Mauresmo.
Justine was very nice as well, and Lucie Safarova,
Shahar Peer is lovely, although she was a bit upset because she lost but she still signed stuff.
Anna Chakvetadze lost too, but she was still ok.

What was bad about your experiences with Serena and Vaidisova?

Or Levy
Jul 6th, 2007, 07:58 AM
I have to say, I'd feel like an idiot asking for an authograph or a picture. If I can chat with a player for a minute or two, ask a question - that's great, but I won't hassle a player just to sign something for me.

stefi62
Jul 6th, 2007, 08:07 AM
I've been lucky enough to speak several times with Mary, and she is just so nice! After a few minutes, you're no longer talking about her, her career, how you like her.... she makes you talk about yourself, and is really interested in what you have to say. She is the nicest player I have ever met, and I don't say that because she is my fav, that's because this is actually the truth!

I've met the Italians too, and all of them are so nice! The funniest is Tax Garbin, the most charming is Flavia, Franci is nice but she does not like that much crowd, and Mara has to know you a bit better to feel more comfortable, but in the end, she is warm!

The French: I had bad experiences with Loit and Dechy, and witnessed not so nice moments with Mauresmo. But Tati and Cornet are nice girls. And I simply adore Aravane's simplicity!

The other girls I adored talking to: Cara and Liezel (so so nice!). They are adorable, asked my name, and each time I go and see them, they remember and we talk about nothing... really nice girls!

Other nice girls: Alicia Molik, Kaia Kanepi, Julia Vakulenko, Kveta Peschke...

Brett.
Jul 6th, 2007, 08:09 AM
I met Serena Williams at Ocean Grove in her bikini! She's very nice!

forever_rafter
Jul 6th, 2007, 08:24 AM
The nicst players I've ever met are Lindsay, Kim, Martina, Monica and Mary. They were so warm and friendly.

Martina? You gotta be kiddin' She's nice when the cameras are on

stefi62
Jul 6th, 2007, 09:30 AM
Martina? You gotta be kiddin' She's nice when the cameras are on

I agree, but maybe he talks about another Martina (Muller, Navratilova...) ;)

mandy7
Jul 6th, 2007, 09:32 AM
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=305301

:yawn:

meyerpl
Jul 6th, 2007, 09:46 AM
The French: I had bad experiences...

Did they blow smoke in your face and refuse to speak English?

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jul 6th, 2007, 09:55 AM
The nicest players I have met are:

Na Li: She was great she looked me in the eye and smile and then signed my ball and asked how I was!!!

Maria Kirilenko: Smiled and laughed while signing!!

Flavia Penneta: Also very nice even after her loss

Ana Ivanovic: She was absoulotuely lovely!! She was so cute and took photos had a conversation with me and signed my tennis ball!! And this was staright after her match!!

Sam Stosur: Sam was very nice and she asked me alot about myself and what i liked! She signed my tenis ball and she took a photo with me!!

Sophie Ferguson: Very nice and friendly!!

I have has bad experiences with Martina Hingis!

Dexter
Jul 6th, 2007, 10:00 AM
There we go again. :lol: But it's a nice thread so I don't mind replying. ;)

Nicest players I've met were Ana Ivanović, Jelena Dementiewa, Jelena Janković, Agnieszka Radwańska & Jarmila Gajdosova.

CORIA01
Jul 6th, 2007, 10:07 AM
never met a tennis player!

fred17
Jul 6th, 2007, 10:50 AM
barbara schett was so nice! se laughed when i said i was in love with her! :)

Max565
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:04 AM
Sharapova :)

It was on Tuesday at Wimbledon when she and Venus played on Court 3. I was walking towards Centre Court in order to watch them but then I saw a tall, blond, slim figure on Court 3, hitting some balls during a warm-up. In the back of my head, I thought it was Maria. However, I just thought it was another Sharapova look-a-like. BUT, it wasn't ;) I noticed the white 'Swan' dress, then the dark Prince racquet, with the blue grip... and then I thought... "For Christ's sake, it's Maria Sharapova!" There was a flock of people just standing around to see her and Venus play. But then the rain started to fall. Then, Sharapova just zoomed past me into the Centre Court building. She was a mere few inches away from me and it was such a blur because it happened so fast. There were bodyguards around her saying, "Player coming through, excuse me!"

You would have thought Jesus walked in town... Maria Sharapova definitely had an aura and buzz around her..

Max565
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:07 AM
Martina? You gotta be kiddin' She's nice when the cameras are on

Really ? Tell me more! Tell me more! :eek:

judie
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:26 AM
Martina? You gotta be kiddin' She's nice when the cameras are on

Yes, she was very nice when I met her. Don't know what you're talking about. :confused: :shrug:

Max565
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:30 AM
Some people are saying that Martina is nice, some are saying the complete opposite... :confused: :eek:

judie
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Some people are saying that Martina is nice, some are saying the complete opposite... :confused: :eek:

Well she was certainly very nice to me.

Adal
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:54 AM
Some people are saying that Martina is nice, some are saying the complete opposite... :confused: :eek:
Cause that's the way she is. Really nice on one day, real bitch on another day ;);)

PamShriverRockz
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:54 AM
Well she was certainly very nice to me.

Which one now?

Arantxa was *fantastic* to her fans. She even got us tickets. So I'm biased. :p

Amanda Coetzer was LOVELY.

Pam Shriver is a great laugh :p

Mary Pierce is a gem.

Sveta is great.

Also nice: Sandrine Testud, JenCap, Magui Serna, Vivi Ruano-Pascual, Jankovich (she gave us a load of her tennis balls at Wimby a couple of years ago!), Momo, Kim Clijsters, Alicia Molik, Rennae Stubbs....dani although...

Players I've had bad experiences with: Babsi (must have caught her on a bad day), AnnaK, Dani (she was really couldn't be arsed this one year lol), Conchita (but I forgive her;))

Shvedbarilescu
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:54 AM
I have to say, I'd feel like an idiot asking for an authograph or a picture. If I can chat with a player for a minute or two, ask a question - that's great, but I won't hassle a player just to sign something for me.

Same here. It is nice to chat with a player for a minute or two, and if they don't look busy, sometimes I do and most are very friendly. But I would never ask for an autograph - asking for autographs just seem so uncooth to me. Infact at Roehampton a friend of mine asked my favorite player Yaroslava Shvedova for her autograph, on my behalf because she thought I would appreciated it, after she lost her qualifying doubles match and I was furious. First because I believe it is highly insensitive to ask a player for an autograph after they just lost a match and I didn't appreciate my friend treating Yari in this way, and 2nd because I felt very embarressed by association. Additionally if I had wanted to asked Yari for her autograph which I didn't I would have prefered very much to do it myself. I did not want to have anything to do with this aquirred autograph and I do not know what my friend has done with it.

I should add that Yari didn't have any problem signing the autograph and was perfectly curtious. But that just shows Yari is a class person. I still maintain it was wrong to ask her at that time.

Ceri
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:04 PM
I've met more male than female players it must be said but of the ones I've met, Jelena Jankovic, Justine and Elena D were all really nice, very friendly and willing to chat/sign autographs etc. I'd never ask for an autograph/picture after a player has lost a match, there's a time and a place for such things, i/e after a win. :p but I don't see anything wrong with the principle as a whole, most players seem to like meeting their fans and get a buzz out of the whole signing and chatting thing. This is when 'real' fans do it that is. I went to Wimbledon last week and saw millions of little kids clustered around the players tunnel brandishing giant balls, had no idea who anybody was and were attempting to get everyone's signature saying 'please please' to anyone who happened to walk through, security guard or player! That cheapens the whole thing IMO.

judie
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:06 PM
Which one now?

Arantxa was *fantastic* to her fans. She even got us tickets. So I'm biased. :p

Amanda Coetzer was LOVELY.

Pam Shriver is a great laugh :p

Mary Pierce is a gem.

Sveta is great.

Also nice: Sandrine Testud, JenCap, Magui Serna, Vivi Ruano-Pascual, Jankovich (she gave us a load of her tennis balls at Wimby a couple of years ago!), Momo, Kim Clijsters, Alicia Molik, Rennae Stubbs....dani although...

Players I've had bad experiences with: Babsi (must have caught her on a bad day), AnnaK, Dani (she was really couldn't be arsed this one year lol), Conchita (but I forgive her;))

Hingis.

Mary is SO friedly. Everyone seems to agree that she's lovely at least. :)

AJZ.
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:06 PM
I only hate it when people ask from autographs when they obviously don't know the player. I was really sure that I looked super happy when they signed for me :):) I appreciated it.

Ai was super nice :worship: She signed this picture (that I got laminated after :hearts:) but I was so nervous I could only mutter "Good luck" and she thanked me. But really nice :):)

Chinese players were nice to me too. Except Yan who didn't see me when I wanted her autograph :sad:

Most players are nice though :shrug: Petrova and Navratilova were sweet. Myskina too. Hingis was really cute. Vivi Pascual was so funny :lol:

schorsch
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:32 PM
jelena jankovic :) she signed my tennis magazine and we talked for a couple of minutes. though she lost the match she was all smiles and so down to earth :D

i got momos autograph, too. she seemed very nice and smiled :) but i only said merci and she said de rien, thats about it. :D

elena dementieva was so nice as well. she also signed my tennis magazine and i said spaciba to her which she must have found really cool :D so she said puzhalsta. man her smile was :drool:

i didnt get grönefelds autograph, but she was just walking around the site not like running away. kuzzy as well she wasnt in a bad mood either.

ya, thats about it i think :)

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:37 PM
Same here. It is nice to chat with a player for a minute or two, and if they don't look busy, sometimes I do and most are very friendly. But I would never ask for an autograph - asking for autographs just seem so uncooth to me. Infact at Roehampton a friend of mine asked my favorite player Yaroslava Shvedova for her autograph, on my behalf because she thought I would appreciated it, after she lost her qualifying doubles match and I was furious. First because I believe it is highly insensitive to ask a player for an autograph after they just lost a match and I didn't appreciate my friend treating Yari in this way, and 2nd because I felt very embarressed by association. Additionally if I had wanted to asked Yari for her autograph which I didn't I would have prefered very much to do it myself. I did not want to have anything to do with this aquirred autograph and I do not know what my friend has done with it.

I should add that Yari didn't have any problem signing the autograph and was perfectly curtious. But that just shows Yari is a class person. I still maintain it was wrong to ask her at that time.


I agree I only asked Sam when she was walkign around the grounds!

schorsch
Jul 6th, 2007, 01:07 PM
well before i asked jeca she was already in a good mood :) and i mean i told her great the match was and how glad i was i could get to see her play :D so, i guess it wasnt too impolite of me to ask her, right? :)

judie
Jul 6th, 2007, 02:43 PM
Can someone please tel me what Martina did that as so bad?