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auntie janie
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:09 PM
Who is the happier fan? Here are the two types:

1) The devoted fan of a single player. Let's make this player a player who is on the rise, since this type of fan is definitely going to be the unhappiest type if their one and only beloved player is faring poorly.

So is this fan of a rising player happier than

2) The enthusiastic fan of a multitude of players?

I say the second fan is usually happier! This type always has a back-up to cheer for if one favorite has a bad week. Plus, I maintain that this type seems less prone to "hating" players who consistently beat their faves. They have to many favorites to happily think about to worry about the opponents too much. :D

Judging from this board, it seems that the first type of fan predomintes. But well-known examples of the second type of fan are Randy H and TheBoiledEgg. Neither one is given to frequent or prolonged lamentations when one fave does not do well. They seem content and happy in their tennis fandom. :) :)

So maybe the first type of fan ought to try to find other secondary faves to root for? :kiss:

irma
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:15 PM
nah being an extremely devoted singled-minded fan as I was once can be fun too :devil:

auntie janie
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:18 PM
nah being an extremely devoted singled-minded fan as I was once can be fun too :devil:

Well irma, I must say, you are a PERFECT example of the first type of fan! So I am really glad you are weighing in! Admittedly, you always seem to be a very happy fan. So I admit you are hurting my argument! :p ;) :kiss:

Cariaoke
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:19 PM
in this case, more is good.
I'm a fan of a lot of players but I'm a die-hard, obsessed, tape all of their matches fan of only two. So I'm a little of both? ???

apoet29
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:20 PM
The problem with being a devoted fan of a single player is that player's ups and downs can be hard for some fans to take. When things are going well for said player, there is a lot for that fan to be happy about. However, when things are going badly, then said fan has a great deal of frustration about their fave's slump.

I definitely prefer being a fan of a multitude of players. Right now, the WTA offers such a diversity of young women who are talented, intelligent, and beautiful with unique personalities to complement their games. It should be in the WTA's interest to promote these players, instead of promoting T&A. :sad:

auntie janie
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:20 PM
To irma: Of course, it is easy to stay happy when your fave has been retired for years! :devil:

auntie janie
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:24 PM
The problem with being a devoted fan of a single player is that player's ups and downs can be hard for some fans to take. When things are going well for said player, there is a lot for that fan to be happy about. However, when things are going badly, then said fan has a great deal of frustration about their fave's slump.

I definitely prefer being a fan of a multitude of players. Right now, the WTA offers such a diversity of young women who are talented, intelligent, and beautiful with unique personalities to complement their games. It should be in the WTA's interest to promote these players, instead of promoting T&A. :sad:

I agree 100%. There are many players I would love to know more about.

irma
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:28 PM
To irma: Of course, it is easy to stay happy when your fave has been retired for years! :devil:

kim is good replacement even when as broccoli girl :cool:

jmp
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:50 PM
I consider myself a third type of fan. I'm crazy about the game - the technical aspects of the strokes, the players' training and the business angle. I don't have a preference for the male or female game, either. I look forward to any good matchup. I'm not overly interested in the celebrity and scandalous aspects of the sport, though.

At any given time, I'll pull for players who are in a slump or who have great potential. For example, if you remember Serena before her breakthrough, she was a fantastic talent who always came up short. I knew she could do it and when she figured out how good she was, she showed the world. Anna K. is a natural athlete, but, she can't seem to grasp the finer points of the game. Safin is an awesome talent and one of the most graceful "big" men I've ever seen. I keep hoping his mind catches up to the rest of him.

I don't miss player X if they're not in a tournament. I'm always looking for excellent play from whomever is on the court.

TatiAnnahølic
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:57 PM
The first one :)

auntie janie
Mar 17th, 2003, 07:04 PM
I consider myself a third type of fan. I'm crazy about the game - the technical aspects of the strokes, the players' training and the business angle. I don't have a preference for the male or female game, either. I look forward to any good matchup. I'm not overly interested in the celebrity and scandalous aspects of the sport, though.

At any given time, I'll pull for players who are in a slump or who have great potential. For example, if you remember Serena before her breakthrough, she was a fantastic talent who always came up short. I knew she could do it and when she figured out how good she was, she showed the world. Anna K. is a natural athlete, but, she can't seem to grasp the finer points of the game. Safin is an awesome talent and one of the most graceful "big" men I've ever seen. I keep hoping his mind catches up to the rest of him.

I don't miss player X if they're not in a tournament. I'm always looking for excellent play from whomever is on the court.

Wow, great post, jmp! This description sounds like the happiest type of tennis fan is this 3rd type.

And welcome to wtaworld!!! (I want to give you + rep points, but I've used up my supply for the day.) :)

Keith
Mar 17th, 2003, 07:05 PM
I am a Jen Cap fan only. I like all tennis players, but once Jen has left the game, I will continue to be a fan of tennis, with no interest in any particular player.

jmp
Mar 17th, 2003, 07:18 PM
:wavey: Thanks, janie! I don't mind not getting the rep points. It's the thought that counts!

Thanks for the welcome. I've been reading the board for a while. I'm having a great time participating in the threads.

tennischick
Mar 18th, 2003, 12:05 AM
janie:
like jmp, i find that i am more a fan of tennis than i am of any particular player. i never go into any of the player "forums" on this board bec there is no single player that i like enuf to make that kind of time for. there are some players that i prefer over others for a variety of reasons, and there are players that i don't particularly like. but i am incapable of getting as emotional as some posters get about their faves. and i can be very critical of a player even if i like her game.

but i am crazy about tennis. i've been playing it for years and it will always be a part of my life (barring injury).

i tend to have a soft-spot (especially on the ATP) for "bottomfeeders" -- guys who struggle and struugle and have difficulty making it. i have an irrational fondness for Gianluca Pozzi, Ronald Agenor, Vince Spadea to name a handful. these are guys who will never be tennis superstars but i love them for trying. (that's why altho' i am not a huge Conchi fan, i could relate to your post celebrating her lovely run at Indian Wells.)

nice thread...:) :)

Leena
Mar 18th, 2003, 12:10 AM
Who is the happier fan? Here are the two types:

1) The devoted fan of a single player. Let's make this player a player who is on the rise, since this type of fan is definitely going to be the unhappiest type if their one and only beloved player is faring poorly.

So is this fan of a rising player happier than

2) The enthusiastic fan of a multitude of players?

I say the second fan is usually happier! This type always has a back-up to cheer for if one favorite has a bad week. Plus, I maintain that this type seems less prone to "hating" players who consistently beat their faves. They have to many favorites to happily think about to worry about the opponents too much. :D

Judging from this board, it seems that the first type of fan predomintes. But well-known examples of the second type of fan are Randy H and TheBoiledEgg. Neither one is given to frequent or prolonged lamentations when one fave does not do well. They seem content and happy in their tennis fandom. :) :)

So maybe the first type of fan ought to try to find other secondary faves to root for? :kiss:
I have a feeling this post was partially created due to my behavior... :p

As we all know, I'm the 1st fan mentioned... and I consider it much more fun. I do root for other players, but as we all know, I'm totally for Lena. :)

For the ATP, I'm more the 2nd fan. There's a lot of players I like, but I don't care that much if they win or lose. But, there's no emotion there... and I tend to care less.

tennisIlove09
Mar 18th, 2003, 12:11 AM
I think most people have their die-hard favorite, and then other favorites.

Shuji Shuriken
Mar 18th, 2003, 12:15 AM
I am truly happy being a humble devotee of the one true Goddess, who came down to save tennis, Venus Williams. I get no thrill cheering anyone else. She is my angel, so I'll have to go with the first option. And I admit, her losses can be hard to handle sometimes, but that's part of the package, so I deal with it.

auntie janie
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:27 AM
I have a feeling this post was partially created due to my behavior... :p

As we all know, I'm the 1st fan mentioned... and I consider it much more fun. I do root for other players, but as we all know, I'm totally for Lena. :)

:wavey: Oh, Leena! I can tell you truthfully that this thread was NOT created with you or any other particular poster in mind.

This concept came to me because so many posters who love just one player seem SO unhappy so often!! They are in total agony when the beloved gets a tough draw, sustains a minor injury, loses to a player she "should not lose to", or any of the other normal ups and downs that characterize a sporting career. In many cases this unhappiness goes farther: they cannot tolerate the slightest criticism of their player and get defensive over any innocuous comment such as, "her forehand was a bit wild today".
In summary, they often come across as getting more pain than joy from their fan experience. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Leena, you aren't like this! You love your (our!) player, but you also stiill see clearly! You criticize her at times and can discuss her rationally. :kiss:

Maybe the point is, the fan who gets more joy than pain out of their fan experience can be a fan from any of the three groups. But the unhappy fans tend to be clustered in the first group.

LeonHart
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:36 AM
I'm #2 I root for everybody! :D

Chance
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:41 AM
I'm a combination of both. However I wouldn't say a multitude of players more like 5 players

geewhiz
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:49 AM
I just have low expectations :D

auntie janie
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:52 AM
I just have low expectations :D

LOL yes, that is actually a brilliant way to be a happy fan! :D

Leena
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:56 AM
Janie, I guess you're right... I do admit when Lena screws up... a lot. :p

I do get mad when she loses though... when Lena lost to Schiavone, things were being thrown. :)