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Volcana
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:36 AM
This is biased against younger players. Tennis players are sheltered, and it's had to demonstrate character above and beyond when you're a teenager anyway.

Venus Williams speech after winning Dubai in 2009 is an example of good character.

Or when Svetlana Kuznetsova was accused of using PEDs, Alicia Molik bought out all the copies of the newspaper she saw the article in, and ripped them to shreds.

Poor character? Coaching from the stands, wiping away ball marks on clay, repeated delaying tactics, etc etc etc ....

LeRoy.
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:38 AM
Kim Clijsters

Volcana
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:39 AM
Kim ClijstersExample? Her reputation is as a very nice person, but tell the world what she's really done. Let the world know the kind of person you fave is.

it-girl
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:57 AM
Venus Williams. Saying that she would not play or defend her title in Dubai if Shahar Peer could not play was just awesome. Her fight & victory for equal prize money for all players on the WTA. Showing to everyone who watches that you can do what you love and still get an education was also awesome. Seeing her in her cap and gown was great not only for fans of all ages who look up to her or admire her, it was also great for players on the tour who may have got caught up in just tennis while letting their education slip by the wayside. Venus has the midus touch when it comes to making an impact. Her victories are not just on the tennis court. No one stands out like Venus in this way, though there are a lot of decent players on the tour.

doni1212
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:09 AM
Venus

Inger67
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:12 AM
Venus is just far above most players in my mind. Kim Clijsters comes close but still, it's Venus. Didn't Kim donate her prize money from the Brisbane tournament to some area struck by disaster? If I remember correctly.

Wiggly
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:19 AM
Venus is just far above most players in my mind. Kim Clijsters comes close but still, it's Venus. Didn't Kim donate her prize money from the Brisbane tournament to some area struck by disaster? If I remember correctly.

A Children's Hosputal I tihnk.

Denisex3
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:20 AM
Venus is just far above most players in my mind. Kim Clijsters comes close but still, it's Venus. Didn't Kim donate her prize money from the Brisbane tournament to some area struck by disaster? If I remember correctly.
It was Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Mynarco
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:26 AM
Venus is just far above most players in my mind. Kim Clijsters comes close but still, it's Venus. Didn't Kim donate her prize money from the Brisbane tournament to some area struck by disaster? If I remember correctly.
It was Na Li donating $$$ to the people affected by the earthquake

OsloErik
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:37 AM
It was Na Li donating $$$ to the people affected by the earthquake

That's the disastrer bit, the Clijsters bit was the the Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

metamorpha
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:59 AM
This is biased against younger players. Tennis players are sheltered, and it's had to demonstrate character above and beyond when you're a teenager anyway.

Venus Williams speech after winning Dubai in 2009 is an example of good character.

Or when Svetlana Kuznetsova was accused of using PEDs, Alicia Molik bought out all the copies of the newspaper she saw the article in, and ripped them to shreds.

Poor character? Coaching from the stands, wiping away ball marks on clay, repeated delaying tactics, etc etc etc ....

Exemplary from what? attitude on court or off court?

One's personality might look different on and off court. One can be a total bitch on court but be completely humble off court.

Safina's attitude is horrible on court, but she's quite gracious in defeat. Smiling and giving credits to her opponent during trophy presentation although she's very sad/disappointed at the same time. Often, these small things went unnoticed by many and nobody took example from it.

So far, I think Kim and Venus are the most exemplary players in terms of personality. I doubt about Kim's though, as being nice = few achievements lol.

You must be a BITCH and be hated to be very successful.

BlackPanther.
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:07 AM
Zheng did the same thing that Li did in Wimby '08, she helped with $$$ chinese people affected in that earthquake :worship:

GeeTee
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:24 AM
Clijsters and Stosur are two of the best.

Jajaloo
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:28 AM
Venus Williams for fighting for equal prize money.

Chakvenus
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:46 AM
Venus, for basically all of the reasons previously mentioned.

DimaDinosaur
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:50 AM
Venus Williams. Saying that she would not play or defend her title in Dubai if Shahar Peer could not play was just awesome. Her fight & victory for equal prize money for all players on the WTA. Showing to everyone who watches that you can do what you love and still get an education was also awesome. Seeing her in her cap and gown was great not only for fans of all ages who look up to her or admire her, it was also great for players on the tour who may have got caught up in just tennis while letting their education slip by the wayside. Venus has the midus touch when it comes to making an impact. Her victories are not just on the tennis court. No one stands out like Venus in this way, though there are a lot of decent players on the tour.

:worship: :bounce:

King Halep
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:43 AM
Lena :worship:

Inktrailer
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:39 AM
Sharapova donated to the Haiti fund off her own back, about 10k I think.

Passierschlag
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:43 AM
Venus Williams for fighting for equal prize money.

Female tennis players shouldn't get equal prize money unless they are willing to play five-set matches.

Vaidisova Ruled
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:44 AM
I wasn't struck by anything.

cellophane
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:45 AM
Female tennis players shouldn't get equal prize money unless they are willing to play five-set matches.

:yawn:

Caralenko
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:46 AM
Elena Dementieva

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nevetssllim
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:48 AM
Female tennis players shouldn't get equal prize money unless they are willing to play five-set matches.

And how do you know they aren't? :rolleyes:

Slutiana
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:49 AM
Female tennis players shouldn't get equal prize money unless they are willing to play five-set matches.
That's one of the most idiotic arguments ever. Firstly it's prize money, they don't get paid for how much work they do, or else players who win in straight sets will get paid less than players who win in five sets/three sets. Secondly they are willing to play five set matches, therefore this argument is pointless.

Next.

SymphonyX
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:57 AM
Venus, for the reasons already mentioned and for being very professional. She's kinda like the "tour mama" now (I used to consider Davenport for that title, but she's not around anymore).

As much as I love Venus, I really, really despise Serena. Then again, having a mature big sister like that, Serena is more or less turned out like she did being the younger sibling.

*Jool*
Jun 13th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Date-Krumm for her never die attitude

volta
Jun 13th, 2010, 11:39 AM
Venus, for the reasons already mentioned and for being very professional. She's kinda like the "tour mama" now (I used to consider Davenport for that title, but she's not around anymore).

As much as I love Venus, I really, really despise Serena. Then again, having a mature big sister like that, Serena is more or less turned out like she did being the younger sibling.

UGH i hate when people feel like it's ok to say shit about Serena just because they like Venus and vise versa :rolleyes: . They are two different persons , just because they are sisters it doesn't mean that they have to have the same personality :o

anyway ... Vinas all the way . Kim is nice but WAY too nice at times for my taste :o:lol:

miffedmax
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:12 PM
UGH i hate when people feel like it's ok to say shit about Serena just because they like Venus and vise versa :rolleyes: . They are two different persons , just because they are sisters it doesn't mean that they have to have the same personality :o

anyway ... Vinas all the way . Kim is nice but WAY too nice at times for my taste :o:lol:

True. I'm no fan of Serena, but her work in Africa is quite amazing.

VishaalMaria
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:13 PM
I feel Kim is the nicest person on the tour but Venus is a better humanitarian for the tour.

As far as stand out action, that really has to go to Serena for opening up her schools in Africa.

Dave.
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Liezel Huber http://www.liezelscause.com/

Opening up her home to victims of Hurricane Katrina. :worship: :worship: :worship:


I feel Kim is the nicest person on the tour but Venus is a better humanitarian for the tour.

As far as stand out action, that really has to go to Serena for opening up her schools in Africa.

Better humanitarian? :haha: It's not a bloody competition!

Caralenko
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:54 PM
Better humanitarian? :haha: It's not a bloody competition!

Oh come on :sobbing: Venus has to win something these days. Love her though.

Singleniacki
Jun 13th, 2010, 01:47 PM
Patrica Mayr :o

I think Date-Krumm has excellent character, as does Alexandra Dulgheru, she has a great sense of mind and reality after her matches

Ellery
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:23 PM
Venus :inlove:

miffedmax
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Lena's more low-profile and doesn't always take a leadership role, but she almost always shows up for charity events especially when kids are involved.

A nice example was at Fed Cup this year when the USTA put on an event for kids at Fed Cup. The US players, as I understand it, had to show up. Lena just showed up and spent the whole day working with kids. It may not change the world, but it was pretty cool of her.

debby
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Or when Svetlana Kuznetsova was accused of using PEDs, Alicia Molik bought out all the copies of the newspaper she saw the article in, and ripped them to shreds.

=> :eek: Is that true? Wow, Molik :hug:

MegaDethly
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Female tennis players shouldn't get equal prize money unless they are willing to play five-set matches.

ya mam's ya dad

MegaDethly
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:51 PM
Spew...Kim is so boring she makes me feel sick.

Dav.
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:41 PM
I would have said Tati until this year's RG. :tape:

Probably Kim or Venus.

meteor
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:10 PM
my vote goes to schiavone, who affirmed many calls that went against her at the french open this year.

Robert-KimClijst
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Kim helps with Buba&Batma which helps street children and orphans in Southeast India. I think she financed a whole orphanage actually. She's an ambassador to the SOS Children's Villages too and has a bunch of her sponsor money go there too. Kim does a lot of little stuff that she just doesn't really publicize for the most part.

Venus is definitely the best ambassador for the sport.

Helen Lawson
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:30 PM
Barf! Thread created to hype Venus before Wimbledon. How about when that Romaniam gal bumped into Venus and Richard called her a big white turkey? Class!

Libertango
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:37 PM
^She was young, brash and silly. She's matured and become a real lady, a lady with a brain. I think we've all said something we regret in hindsight. Doesn't mean we should never be forgiven.

WOW, I'd never heard about Liezel Huber opening up her home after hurricane Katrina. That's awesome. :yeah:

pav
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:37 PM
This thread is is unbelievable,more crap in here than a zoo's elephant enclosure.

Libertango
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:41 PM
^LOL, what?! :confused:

terjw
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:27 PM
Kim

VishaalMaria
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:32 PM
Yeah it's either between Kim or Venus.

The only difference is, is 5.

toxina90
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:37 PM
I liked it when Zheng donated her Wimbledon money to victims in Sczechuan Provence (or however you spell her home area) :worship:

Sammo
Jun 13th, 2010, 08:50 PM
On court? Stosur for sure.

Potato
Jun 13th, 2010, 08:58 PM
Whenever there is a natural disaster in China, there is always one Golden Flower who is at least donating their prize money, or withdrawing from tournaments to go help.

OsloErik
Jun 14th, 2010, 12:21 AM
...maybe I'm being naive, but do the Chinese players actually get to decide about keeping their earnings? I thought there were constant conflicts over that issue.

OsloErik
Jun 14th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Or when Svetlana Kuznetsova was accused of using PEDs, Alicia Molik bought out all the copies of the newspaper she saw the article in, and ripped them to shreds.

=> :eek: Is that true? Wow, Molik :hug:

Yeah, she was PISSED. Because some schmuck at an off-season CHARITY event announced the whole thing in an effort to exonerate the hometown player, and in the process made a bunch of journalists think the reigning US Open champion was on 'roids when it was just cold medicine during the off-season, which is allowed. Molik can be quite the advocate when she's your friend, and Kuznetsova and Molik have been tight for a while.

OsloErik
Jun 14th, 2010, 12:27 AM
Female tennis players shouldn't get equal prize money unless they are willing to play five-set matches.

Male tennis players wouldn't be setting semifinals streaks and Roland Garros winning records if they had to play 3 setters. 5 set matches let better players win. The women get shafted so that tournaments can promote some hot young thing.

VeeJJ
Jun 14th, 2010, 02:15 AM
definitely Rezai :) and Jankovic of course!!!!!!!!!!

fufuqifuqishahah
Jun 14th, 2010, 02:26 AM
Venus. The way she speaks out against what she feels are real injustices shows that she really is an ambassador of the sport.


Kim, Na Li, have all shown exemplary character as well but arent as proactive as Venus in creating change.