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SAISAI-GOAT
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:42 PM
http://www.australianopentv.com/page/CatchUpVideo/0,,12594~1721975,00.html

is this the problem w/ the current situation of the WTA? people don't know who the world #2 is :confused:

Super Dave
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:44 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)

Chris 84
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:44 PM
no, if wayne ferreira doesn't know who vera is then he simply hasn't been watching tennis for the past decade :shrug:

Hian
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:45 PM
Who is?

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:45 PM
He seemed really embarrassed when the commentator referred to him as a Women's Tennis fan.

spartanfan
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:47 PM
And I'm sure Zvonareva and Safarova have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is either. So I guess they're all even lol

Claycourter
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:50 PM
Most ATP players are barely aware of WTA. Maybe top ATP pros know Fiona, Williams sisters and Henin but not anyone else.

LUVMIRZA
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:52 PM
She folded like a tent in Wimbledon & USO finals...not many care about shaky players in GS finals:rolleyes:

harloo
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:52 PM
He seemed really embarrassed when the commentator referred to him as a Women's Tennis fan.

He seemed appalled at the idea of him even watching women's tennis.:haha: I tend to believe this is the attitude of most ATP players in general. They cannot stand women's tennis at all. :tape:

Navratil
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:52 PM
Most ATP players are barely aware of WTA. Maybe top ATP pros know Fiona, Williams sisters and Henin but not anyone else.

Who is Fiona???

:confused:

harloo
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:54 PM
Who is Fiona???

:confused:

Princess Fiona=Kim

:tape:

Geoffry
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:55 PM
To be honest, Ferreira was never a top 5 player or a Slam finalist, so it would be more 'logical' that less people know him than Zvonareva. :p

I guess he just doesn't watch women's tennis. At all.

Aravanecaravan
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:57 PM
Isn't that one of those red cars from Italy???

Super Dave
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:01 PM
Isn't that one of those red cars from Italy???

I think he makes those chocolates with Tony Roche.

http://www.wbhs.k12.oh.us/webdesign/webkids2009-10/mshivers/assets/ferrerorocher.jpg

Broseghini
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:04 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)
+1 :o

SAISAI-GOAT
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:05 PM
he knows Kim and Sam ... so obviously he has been watching WTA ... :shrug:

gorre
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:06 PM
Wayne Ferreira in good shape to become a WTA analyst :lol: :lol:

Sean.
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:06 PM
Wow, they are really scraping the barrel for legends doubles this year!

moby
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:09 PM
What's up with the host? If I were Ferreira, I'd be pissed.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:09 PM
he knows Kim and Sam ... so obviously he has been watching WTA ... :shrug:

AO TV probably brainwashed him by showing him 1000's of pics of Kim & Sam

Aravanecaravan
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:13 PM
I think he makes those chocolates with Tony Roche.

http://www.wbhs.k12.oh.us/webdesign/webkids2009-10/mshivers/assets/ferrerorocher.jpg

Wait--didn't he also once play Cyrano de Bergerac?



http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001207/

Danii's Law
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:14 PM
Wayne Ferreira seriously Wayne Ferreira.

How could he not know them, his greatest achievement was being in a million grand slams, did he do any good? No.

I am sure the majority of ATP players know the majority of WTA players, the good ones at least.

I mean Roger Federer said Kuzzy was his favorite player.

Spiritof42
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:21 PM
Ferreira sounds like the average MTF poster. :lol:

Most ATP players are barely aware of WTA. Maybe top ATP pros know Fiona, Williams sisters and Henin but not anyone else.
While others, like Fernando Verdasco or Radek Stepanek, have hands-on knowledge of the subject. ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:22 PM
I mean Roger Federer said Kuzzy was his favorite player.

correction: he married one as well

iPatty
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:23 PM
Bullshit. There's no way he doesn't at least know who Zvonareva is.

moby
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:24 PM
Bullshit. There's no way he doesn't at least know who Zvonareva is.Perhaps not enough to comment on her game.

In his defence, he says he hardly watches even men's tennis since retirement.

tennismaster8820
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:26 PM
Who cares about Ferreira and his ignorance about WTA. :confused:
He shouldn't be commenting anything about WTA matches if he doesn't know Vera or Lucie. That means he doesn't watch it ever at all.

moby
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:28 PM
He shouldn't be commenting anything about WTA matches if he doesn't know Vera or Lucie. That means he doesn't watch it ever at all.He was basically put on the spot and forced into it.

SAISAI-GOAT
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:10 PM
Ferreira sounds like the average MTF poster. :lol:


While others, like Fernando Verdasco or Radek Stepanek, have hands-on knowledge of the subject. ;)

:spit:

Noctis
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:21 PM
Who the hell is Wayne F something

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:24 PM
I dont expect someone to know Safarova unless they follow the WTA closely, or know of her boyfriend.
But Vera was in the final of Wimbledon & the USO, so I expect a casual sportsfan to know the neame

Scola
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:28 PM
:weirdo: complete nitwit.

Wanna see his jealous face during Vera's winning speech next Saturday.:o

Dominic
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:36 PM
omg he has to be retarded. Some of my friends who have never followed tennis know who Zvonareva is for god's sake.

iPatty
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:40 PM
Perhaps not enough to comment on her game.

In his defence, he says he hardly watches even men's tennis since retirement.

He said that but then he also knows who Garcia-Lopez is...I wouldn't expect someone who hardly watches men's tennis to know him and especially not his game. He HAS to know who Zvonareva is, there's just no possible way he doesn't.

Although he lost all credibility anyway when he said Murray was the most exciting player to watch nowadays.

MegaDethly
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:43 PM
Lot's of misfired smart-ass comments in this thread. This is just a 51 year old bloke admitting he doesn't follow women's tennis. He only follows men's tennis a little, and probably only because he feels oblidged to do so. He reitred decades ago.

With this in mind I have absolutely no idea why he is being interviewed in front of the cameras at all.

FORZA SARITA
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:47 PM
I think he makes those chocolates with Tony Roche.

http://www.wbhs.k12.oh.us/webdesign/webkids2009-10/mshivers/assets/ferrerorocher.jpg

:drool::drool::drool:

Geoffry
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:48 PM
^He retired in 2005. ;)

Roookie
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:51 PM
Safarova is ATP's Berdych girlfriend. :p

Nicolás89
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:51 PM
I just loled when I saw his name, it sounds like a cars brand. :lol:

moby
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:54 PM
Lot's of misfired smart-ass comments in this thread. This is just a 51 year old bloke admitting he doesn't follow women's tennis. He only follows men's tennis a little, and probably only because he feels oblidged to do so. He reitred decades ago.He is only 39. Ferreira was trying not to make he interview more awkward than it already was. This is one of many things wrong with the host. What the hell was he on?

He said that but then he also knows who Garcia-Lopez is...I wouldn't expect someone who hardly watches men's tennis to know him and especially not his game. He HAS to know who Zvonareva is, there's just no possible way he doesn't.

Although he lost all credibility anyway when he said Murray was the most exciting player to watch nowadays.I don't think he knows who Garcia-Lopez is. (Or maybe he hit with him at some point back in their playing days?) Seems like he only said that because he was embarrassed by his own lack of knowledge of the game and was eager that he could actually answer a question ... "finally a match I can talk about! I know Murray! Who cares who he's playing, he'll probably win!"

I think Andy is quite exciting to watch! :o

skanky~skanketta
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:23 PM
She folded like a tent in Wimbledon & USO finals...not many care about shaky players in GS finals:rolleyes:
At least she got to TWO finals. Back to back no less. Azarenka cant say the same. She's never even been past the quarters.

Illusionist
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:29 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)

This. Zvonareva and Safarova are on the tour for so long it's embarassing not to know who they are.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:53 PM
Do not be so harsh on the guy, he is not obliged to know all the journeywomen on the WTA tour. :yeah:

SOA_MC
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:58 PM
I don't see why this thread was made :shrug: we know already the majority of former and current ATP pros don't give a damn about anything WTA.

Sombrerero loco
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:01 PM
poor wayne ferreira, he´s not a fan of women´s tennis, that´s all^^

Hurley
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:12 PM
Lot's of misfired smart-ass comments in this thread.

Look no further...

This is just a 51 year old bloke [...] He reitred decades ago.

:speakles:

brickhousesupporter
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:18 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)
Pete Sampras' nemesis............

Just Do It
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:56 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)

This should be first and last post in this thread.

pav
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:56 PM
Do not be so harsh on the guy, he is not obliged to know all the journeywomen on the WTA tour. :yeah:
He does know some of the journeywomen though, someone said he knew of Kim and Sam:)

gdmirou
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:14 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)

:lol: Tit for tat!:lol:

Ferg
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:38 PM
Who is that? Is that Gajdosova?

Brena
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:41 PM
Who is that? Is that Gajdosova?

:lol: Definitely.
If Wayne Ferreira of all people doesn't know who you are, you should really off yourself.

chavkev
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:45 PM
The poor bloke was put on the spot and gave an honest answer. He does not say that it is their fault for him not knowing who they are. There are certain players that I would struggle to recognise in person. Radwanska for one, some people are just not especially memorable. Only the unusual looking players tend to be. (perhaps why Gingers such as Guccione tend to have such a cult following)

A Magicman
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:49 PM
Most people bemoaning that Ferreira doesnt know who Safarova and Zvonareva are obviously have no clue either who Wayne Ferreira is.

Betten
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:54 PM
Just because he doesn't know a relatively obscure player like Safarova is no reason to bitch on him. And it's not as if those finals Vera Zvonareva played in were memorable :shrug:. If you don't really follow tennis (anymore) then there's no shame in not knowing these players.

KV
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:58 PM
Pete Sampras' nemesis............

I think Dave Robertson is joking, I'm sure he knows Wayne Fereira, one hint he defeated John McEnroe at the AUS-Open I think.

edificio
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:02 PM
http://www.australianopentv.com/page/CatchUpVideo/0,,12594~1721975,00.html

is this the problem w/ the current situation of the WTA? people don't know who the world #2 is :confused:

First, they misspelled his name. Second, he knows Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and yet he doesn't know Vera Zvonareva? Maybe he played GGL back in the day. Three, I never liked the Wayne, especially when he beat Sampras. Four, Wayne doesn't look that much different than back in the day. Good for him. It might be too much for any casual nonfan to know Lucie Safarova.

it-girl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 PM
Well let's face it most people who don't follow tennis on the regular probably only know the famous personalities like Venus, Serena, Maria, Kim, Justine, Ana and maybe even Wozniacki now. The same goes for the atp tour. Few players get crossover recognition whether we like it or not.

KV
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 PM
Well let's face it most people who don't follow tennis on the regular probably only know the famous personalities like Venus, Serena, Maria, Kim, Justine, Ana and maybe even Wozniacki now. The same goes for the atp tour. Few players get crossover recognition whether we like it or not.

Yes I agree with Kim/Justine/Venus/Serena/Maria/Ana a bit and that's all at least in my area.

QuietPlease
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:18 PM
Wayne's a joke.

moby
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:23 PM
Martina and Anna predicted this. :shrug:

Q. Could you both analyze the state of women's tennis right now, the popularity of the game, what you think it's lacking maybe.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I think that right now there's still those amazing names: the Williams girls, Henin, Clijsters. Thank God they came back. I just think, to me personally from the outside, it looks like there's not that many household names besides those really four girls, plus Sharapova.

MARTINA HINGIS: It's quickly changing.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: A true tennis fan, he will know who Jankovic is, Wozniacki, people that are between 5 and 10.

MARTINA HINGIS: Even Ivanovic.

GoofyDuck
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:39 PM
Zvonareva has been a popular name in women tennis for atleast 5 years.

I only started real interest in watching tennis beside grand slams in 2010 but I heard of Zvonareva long before that, same for Jankovic..

Sammo
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:26 PM
And who the fuck knows who is Wayne Ferreira? :haha:

Jane Lane
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:33 PM
And who the fuck knows who is Wayne Ferreira? :haha:

This. +1 Stole my words. :lol:

Ryan
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:33 PM
Ferreira is a joke anyway, not like anyone should take his opinion seriously. He clearly only follows the mens game, which is fine, so its not terribly surprising he doesn't know who Vera is. And Safarova...most casual tennis fans wouldn't know who she is. :shrug:

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:35 PM
Martina and Anna predicted this. :shrug:

"Even Ivanovic" :hearts: :sobbing:

GOAT quote :worship:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:45 PM
And I'm sure Zvonareva and Safarova have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is either. So I guess they're all even lol


THIS. :lol:

perseus2006
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:45 PM
Wayne seems very informed and in the know about Women's tennis. At least on a par with John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:06 PM
Martina and Anna predicted this. :shrug:

:haha:

Lucemferre
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:08 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)

He is the GOAT beater

h2h vs
Lendl 2-1
Borg 1-0
McEnroe 1-0
Sampras 6-7
Federer 2-1


:worship::worship::worship:

disco_rage
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:58 PM
i just asked my boyfriend to name a few wta players (he only watches tennis if i make him) and all he could name was
Venus and Serena, Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Anna Kournikova and........Sue Barker hahaha
Other than WTA fans, i think you would be hard pushed to find many people who can name many of the top players...


in fairness he could only name
Federer, Nadal and Murry from ATP.. and Verdasco cos i made him watch that other night.

Sharapovian
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:04 PM
I have no idea who Wayne Ferreira is.

;)

This :lol:

Ivanovic2008
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:12 PM
Who the heck is Wayne Ferreira???

Raiden
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:24 PM
To be honest, Ferreira was never a top 5 player or a Slam finalist, so it would be more 'logical' that less people know him than Zvonareva.Maybe in the future but so far No, it's not logical. Ferreira is more famous than Vera cuz he has had a longer and steadier topflight career.

Bepa was a bit player in the world of tennis until last year.

Safarova is, relatively speaking, a nobody

Sp!ffy
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:25 PM
I asked my 13 year old stepsister which tennis players she knew and all she knew was "Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova".

And she only knows Maria because she's always on the TV when she's playing. :inlove:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:28 PM
well said ;)

Raiden
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:29 PM
I think a lot of people in the wider world know "the williams sisters" rather than Serena or Vee individually (even as far as looks are concerned)

cellophane
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:08 AM
Vera's game is so boring to watch :yawn: The match is terrible.

Bezz
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:03 AM
Its not surprising he doesnt know who she is...she hasnt exactly got an electrifying personality or game to be that noticeable.

Wiggly
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:08 AM
Its not surprising he doesnt know who she is...she hasnt exactly got an electrifying personality or game to be that noticeable.

A #2 shouldn't be pushing the ball in the middle of the court.

Slampova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:16 AM
Who is he :weirdo:?

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
A #2 shouldn't be pushing the ball in the middle of the court.

Wozniacki does it
ATP has most of top 10 as pushers, Nadal, Murray, Njoke, Roddick etc

Sally Todd
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:24 AM
They just played a much better tiebreak than Henin and Sveta last night, not that it'll make them household names.

Polikarpov
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:26 AM
All I remember about him are his freckles. And how I always get confused with the scores when he's playing Ferrero because ESPN would always shorten their names as "FER."

But yeah, no one really knows who Zvonareva and Safarova are besides close followers of tennis. Casual tennis fans might recognize Zvonareva's face, but not her name. "Oh, the girl who got beaten by Serena at Wimbledon last year?"

Sally Todd
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:31 AM
Wozniacki does it
ATP has most of top 10 as pushers, Nadal, Murray, Njoke, Roddick etc

It's all in the eye of the beholder -- a player doesn't push if you like them.

You like Vera who just pushed and moonballed like hell against Lucie! But when you called the match in the result thread you act as if Vera utterly controlled things and give no credit to Lucie when she was blasting winners all over the place.

Djokovic a pusher :lol: Nadal pushes in comparison to a Federer who is Shankerer, but he bullies and beats the ass of most of the ATP. People who don't like him talk about him as if it's 2005.

shirgan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:33 AM
he's 50 y/o? :eek: :lol:

LightWarrior
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:35 AM
After today's performance from both you can't blame him. I wish I didn't know who they were.

MisterMan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:36 AM
LOL - he knows who "Garcia-Lopez" is but not the number 2 player in the world. Weird, but why hold that against him?? So what !

danieln1
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:05 AM
I said to a casual tennis WTA fan friend of mine: " she's the number 2 in the world!"
She said: " who the fuck is Zvonareva"???

pav
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:43 AM
Can't be helped if the place is full of ignorant pricks,and a few haters many of which seem to spring from one country,strange that.

Nico_E
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:15 AM
it was an honest answer from Wayne, didnt sound like he was trying to be a smart ass

respect him, he has wins over Borg, Sampras and Federer :cool:

Nico_E
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:16 AM
Zvonareva always flies a bit under the radar.
She has had some very good results in her career though:

Australian Open SF (2009)
French Open QF (2003)
Wimbledon F (2010)
US Open F (2010)

Other tournaments:
Championships F (2008)
Olympic Games Bronze medal (2008)Winning is the name of the game

she has won Nada

tennis-insomniac
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:22 AM
Talking about WTA

Clijsters now having 30 UFs 12 winners vs ALIZE CORNET !

While Cillic vs Isner match both have around 16 UFs and 35 winners each !

Kim as much as I love you but this is too much :help:

hdfb
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:56 AM
Well he is a tad older... I'm sure current active ATP players know who Vera is...

But generally I would say it IS a problem. It just isn't as interesting as it once was, and dominated by Europeans too.

jimbo mack
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:11 PM
Winning is the name of the game

she has won Nada

I doubt Iva Majoli, Anastasia Myskina and Francesca Schiavone are recognised more tbh

TheAllan
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:36 PM
While Cillic vs Isner match both have around 16 UFs and 35 winners each !
Clijsters-Cornet wasn't pretty, but big serves are padding their stats. Not only the aces, but easy follow-ups on weak returns. Isner had a clear sub-1 W/UE ratio for the entire match if you take that into account.