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AjdeNate!
Aug 18th, 2003, 04:49 PM
What I'm talking about is giving clinics, interviews, or anything to promote the sport itself - not individual success.

selesrules
Aug 18th, 2003, 04:58 PM
Well, do commentators like Pam Shriver and Mary Joe Fernandez count as amabassadors? There's also Navratilova, Wade, Billie Jean King, and Evert/Austin a few years back.

Dava
Aug 18th, 2003, 04:59 PM
BJK

I hate her, but in truth she is who made the sport what it is today.

AjdeNate!
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:00 PM
Yes, past or present. Whomever you feel does the most.

DA FOREHAND
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:01 PM
LOL you don't know her yet you hate her? How old are you?


BJK,Martina Hingis, Venus/Serena Williams/Kim/Chanda/Lindsay/Navratilova/Shriver.

Dava
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:02 PM
OK I dont hate her, hate her, but I find her bad, its an English expression. :rolleyes:

alfajeffster
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:06 PM
Billie Jean King is the greatest ambassador the sport of women's tennis has ever had. She transcends the sport, and only a few people throughout the history of tennis have been able to do as much. Sure, she's hated by alot of people- she's outspoken, brash, and always has an opinion. Most men don't care for a powerful woman, especially if she's usually right. I've been watching and listening to her since the early 70s, and I kinda like how she's aged. John McEnroe has gone on record by saying Billie Jean King is the one tennis commentator that he actually stops and listens to when he passes a TV tennis telecast...

selesrules
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:07 PM
LOL @ Da Forehand saying the Williams! Yeah, playing a couple of tournaments a year, WOW. Also most players give more interviews then them. And whenever Serena did a show, it's to promote herself, not the WTA ;)

DA FOREHAND
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:10 PM
Um it has nothing to do w/playing tournaments. They put on clinics have opened tennis facilities in the inner city, play in thier moms charity events, are well spoken and transend the game.

...wait wait why am I answering this __________!

KV
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:10 PM
Billie Jean King & Martina Navratilova

Diya
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:16 PM
^ I agree .....BJK and Martina Navratilova in that order

alfajeffster
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:26 PM
I'd have to disagree with Martina Navratilova- she does very little that doesn't involve feeding Martina's ego. Yes, she spoke at the Gay March on Washington a few years ago, but ambassador for tennis? I think Zina Garrison has done more for tennis...

DA FOREHAND
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:29 PM
I'd have to disagree with Martina Navratilova- she does very little that doesn't involve feeding Martina's ego. Yes, she spoke at the Gay March on Washington a few years ago, but ambassador for tennis? I think Zina Garrison has done more for tennis...


I would somewhat agree w/your statement. Martina and McEnroe went to the same school of self endorsement.

Andrea Jeager

Chris Evert

MartinaI
Aug 18th, 2003, 06:22 PM
Martina Hingis, even today she still works with Adidas, Yonex, Sanex etc and does clinics and interviews etc etc

BJK for her part in history, don't agree with all her decisions but she made the modern women's game possible. Respect!

Most players are really good though taking part in the activites organised by tournaments.

alfajeffster
Aug 18th, 2003, 06:32 PM
Richard Krajcek :lol:

DA FOREHAND
Aug 18th, 2003, 06:32 PM
"Martina Hingis, even today she still works with Adidas, Yonex, Sanex etc and does clinics and interviews etc etc'

She was a great ambassodor for the game when she was number one, but she does the aforementioned partly because she's obligated by contract, which is why she hasn't formally retired.

hingis-seles
Aug 18th, 2003, 07:27 PM
Billie Jean King once said,"I am tennis."

So be it. She is!

Volcana
Aug 18th, 2003, 07:43 PM
BJK has devoted more years to playing, promoting and developing tennis than any of the current top ten have been ALIVE. It's not close either. BJK was born in '43, and started playing as a child. Realistically, she's been in the game over half a century, and has been a significant presence for AT LEAST 35 years.

And of course, her influence was far greater than just playing.

* "Battle of the Sexes II"

* World Team Tennis

* 9 Fed Cup titles

* 12 GS singles titles, 8 GS doubles titles, 10 GS mixed doubles titles.

In terms of building the women's game form an afterthought to it's current level, she's, well, a colossus.

ANd if youpolled the players, 90% of them would give the same answer.

griffin
Aug 18th, 2003, 07:43 PM
Without BJK, there pretty much would be no tour - that's hard to beat.

FYI, Venus HAS done clinics - kids in Dorchester are still buzzing about her visit to the Sportsman's Club and I know that's not the only one she's done.

Nav's done a lot more than just the March on Washington.

Also in the underappreciated catagory: Alex Stevenson. I think she's a huge disappointment on-court, and I can't read an interview with her without cringing, but I have to give her her due she regularly participates in tournament promotions and outreach.

*JR*
Aug 18th, 2003, 08:02 PM
SHHHONNNDAAAA :angel:

alfajeffster
Aug 18th, 2003, 08:09 PM
Nav's done a lot more than just the March on Washington.

What has she done for tennis?

Smash
Aug 18th, 2003, 09:24 PM
"Martina Hingis, even today she still works with Adidas, Yonex, Sanex etc and does clinics and interviews etc etc'

She was a great ambassodor for the game when she was number one, but she does the aforementioned partly because she's obligated by contract, which is why she hasn't formally retired.

Actually that is totally incorrect. Martina renegotated her contract with Adidas and is doing these clinics and events to promote the sport to a younger generation. This is part of her new retired player contract. Why Hingis hasn't officially retired is only known to her and her agents, but her contracts are not the reason.

Zummi
Aug 19th, 2003, 04:17 AM
About Martina, she certainly is not the greatest ambassador women's tennis has ever had - that honor would belong to Billie Jean King - but she has a solid record in her own right.

She was a member of the tour's Player Association Executive Committee & Board of Directors from 1977 right until her final Presidency term ended in 1995. In the interim period, she held multiple terms as President (1979-1980, 1983-84, 1994-95), Vice-President & Treasurer. Along with Chris Evert & Pam Shriver, she routinely participated in board meetings, tour obligations etc. etc. It was not called the Martina-Chrissie show for nothing.

She's still out there promoting the game. Whether it's tennis clinics, exhibitions, tournament promotions etc. This past week in Toronto was a prime example. She's been a supporter of World TeamTennis for the last 10+ years and for a long while, she was the only major player to even care about WTT.

One of her pet causes has been raising money for wheelchair tennis. She's played exhibitions & given clinics to raise awareness & funds. Not many, save for her die-hard fans, are aware of her involvement. Surprising, isn't it, for a supposed egomaniac like herself...

She's contributed to restoration & game development projects in her native Czech Republic.

Her work for environmental & animal's rights causes is well-known. She would be the first to admit that the gay rights movement did more for her than vice-versa, in terms of finally feeling accepted & for her own spiritual growth. But in her own right, she has done exemplary work with her Rainbow Card foundation, raising over a million dollars for GLBT causes to date.

tenn_ace
Aug 19th, 2003, 04:47 AM
Anna K. does a lot... she always participated in kids days at each tournament she plays

Hidden Stillness
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:31 AM
Lots of great examples of people who have contributed a lot--BJK, Zina Garrison, Andrea Jaeger, etc.--but my favorite is Jana Novotna, who gives a lot back but quietly, not generally mentioned. She has participated in free clinics for Prince (DemoDays) and others, supported girls' Junior Tennis and etc. here in the U.S., plays many charity exhibitions, filled in as an announcer at the last minute for Tracy Austin a couple of years ago at Family Circle Cup, and has always been cooperative and available like that, whatever her image. Best of all lately, she has bought and will run, along with her agent, the WTA tournaments at Luxembourg (the Seat Open) and Hertogenbosch. This is really giving back to the sport beyond what others do, actual support for these tournaments. Jana Novotna, my favorite!

BigTennisFan
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:25 AM
To paraphrase Monica Seles concerning the infamous "L'affaire Capriati" during FedCup: 'It's Billie Jean King for God's sake. She's the reason for everything that we have' :)

Lisbeth
Aug 19th, 2003, 09:01 AM
I agree with BJK and Nav being miles ahead. I also heard that Chanda Rubin has done a lot to promote tennis in less privileged parts of America (maybe she even has a junior tournament named after her which she funds or something?). Many of the top players lately have promoted the game in their own ways.

oddkayla
Aug 19th, 2003, 09:35 AM
Martina Hingis still works with Adidas, Yonex and all those because they are paying her. They need to get a return on their investment. She is not doing it because she so loves tennis!

However, I agree that she worked tirelessly for the sport, which ironically might have resulted in the bad feet that resulted from the gruelling schedule.

moby
Aug 19th, 2003, 01:25 PM
I guess I am correct in assuming that you do not know martina hopes to be involved in tennis in the future by talent spotting and grooming up-and-coming players.

martina loves tennis so much that she's not willing to disgrace it by coming back unprepared for the competition.

per4ever
Aug 19th, 2003, 01:27 PM
women: Martina Navratilova

men: Andre Agassi

selesfan
Aug 19th, 2003, 01:38 PM
Billie Jean King has done the most for women's tennis through the years, I don't think anyone else even comes close.

oddkayla
Aug 19th, 2003, 02:05 PM
You are not correct in your assumption. Intention to do something in the future does not mean she will necessarily do it. if you are judging by intent, then all players have good intentions for the future.

I would think we are talking about player's deeds right now.

And I still say Martina is bound to return investments made on her and her career by Adidas, Yonex, Omega, etc