View Full Version : How did you become a fan of your favorite?

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:14 AM
Is it because of her looks? her personality? her game? her race? her body? because she signed you an autograph?

I became a fan of my favorite when I was a ball person for our local tourny and after the match where I was serving her balls, she gave me her broken raquet.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:37 AM
That was really nice of her to give you something that she was fit for the garbage. I guess I would be er, honored.

I liked Jen when I was watching her making of a champion on HBO. She was my age and I guess I kind of related to her in some sort of way. It got me into tennis and I started playing. I always wanted her to win and as the years went on, I rooted for her more passionately. As any Jen fan knows, 2001 was such a magical year for her fans.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:47 AM
:worship: Martina Hingis :worship: Wimbledon 1999 saw an intreview with Martina and i was jus :eek: then i saw her play and ask my dad: 'who is she?! shes so amazing!' my dad said: 'thats Martina Hingis...' - took me a while to get her last name right... but i was still :eek: by her...

Daniela Hantuchova - she beat Martina at Indian Wells 2002 :rolleyes: :lol: but i saw Daniela play against JenCap at the 2001 Rogers Cup and all i thought was - 'holy shit those are a long pair of legs!' :lol: but i was also impressed at her game tho i was a bit 'annoyed' when she took Jen to a 3-sets when i thought the match was over because i wanted Jen's autograph! lol

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:54 AM
Martina -- saw her on television. Loved her smile, her spark, her spirit, the way she moved on the court, the shots that came out of nowhere.

Daniela -- first saw her playing in qualies in early 2001. First I really liked her haircut because it wasn't a cookie cutter ponytail. Then I loved the depth of her shots and the way she went for the lines and her forehand.

Guga -- saw him on television at RG and fell in love with his backhand and his curls... and the way he won five setter after five setter...

Coria -- Saw him playing on clay in Houston. Just liked the way he looked and his game even though he lost.

Aug 20th, 2003, 03:02 AM
Alicia: Alway follow all the Aussie chicks, but her personality made her my fave.

Lleyton: He was more interesting than Pat.

Jame Blake: The hair.

Aug 20th, 2003, 03:06 AM
Became a Fan of Patty of watching her practice in Zurich when she was in her teen years, used to watch her endlessly on the courts after-school.

Became a fan of Emmanuelle because of her hard work and determination to achieve on the tour, even though her family is vastly wealthy, she was independent, which is very proud of her, not to mention she has a georgous game and eyes.

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:21 AM
Kim : because i like her game

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:26 AM
Martina: Saw her in the 2000 AO, her games and smiles attracted me so much:hearts:

Kim: She played Martina in the filderstadt final in 2000 thats how i got to know of her then she beat Anna and took the title in the next tournament and I found this girl really talented.:)

Lleyton: love his girlfriend and his games:kiss:

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:44 AM

Loved the way she carried herself on the court, you couldn't really tell if she was winning or losing. Also loved to watch her footwork (best ever), and of course DA FOREHAND! Loved to watch her leap and hit that shot for winners and turn her back before her opponent had fully recovered from attempting to get it back.


Love the way she carries herself on the court. Steely determination, a true fighter, and of course DA BACKHAND! She solidified my admiration for her durin her quarter-final loss(loose) to Graf Wimbledon 99.

Ivan Lendl -Because he was a machine, not the purest talent, but worked to become a champ, and of course DA FOREHAND.

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA...Talent,determination, and the body of adonis(opps). Met her once in 84, she inspired me to buy my first tennis racquet(parents always bought my others) in 87 I paid $107 to purchase the same model Yonex. We're both lefties, my dubs partner says I walk like her oncourt...LOL

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:55 AM
I was watching the AO 2002 doubles finals and I saw this little(compared to the others) woman lob a ball behind her opponents which left them dumbfounded. That was basically the beginning of the end for me in regards to falling for Arantxa. :angel:

Luckily the station was running a 'History Of The Australian Open' the same week so I saw more(???) of Arantxa. Loved her fighting spirit and the fact that a woman of her size could be/was a champion.

That's for Arantxa.

For Andy Roddick though, I had been following the hype around him for a few months and luckily enough, I was able to watch the finals of the tournament on clay in Houston last year. Impressed with how Andy beat Pete Sampras. I've been a fan since. :angel:

Aug 20th, 2003, 07:11 AM
By the way the player I was talking about in the first post is none other than Serena J Williams. She's been my hottest favorite since then. She gave that broken racquet exclusively to me as according to Serena, I worked hardest and ran most and thus did the best job of all the ball persons. She picked me saying "way to go, boy!!"
What a sweet girl she is!!!

Aug 20th, 2003, 07:21 AM
All the Swiss girls. My name is Alex Switzer and i am a member of the Swiss Royal Family (lol). Every person, from any canton is always in my heart.

Patty: Liked her name when she was young, then saw her beat then world no.3 Coetzer at the F0 11-9 or something in the third and also take a set off champ ASV in the quarters.

Chanda: again the name. Defining moment was her quarter-final against ASV in the 96 Aus Open which she won 16-14 or something in the third after fighting back.

Aug 20th, 2003, 07:38 AM
Hingis: Watching Aus Open 99 and I just loved her game as she was untouchable and that SMILE!! Never forgot her after that tournament and I started to play and watch tennis then!

Bovina: Was a fan of hers last year just b4 the US OPEN, then she came to sydney this year and I got to meet her, have lunch with her and get pics taken. She was just so nice. Also im very attracted to her, so that helps alot but deep down shes going to be 1 of my top 3 faves for just letting me meet her and have lunch with the beauty that she is.

Aug 20th, 2003, 07:45 AM
It was actually her computer game, I had always thought she was fit, but as I like played as her on the computer game I kinda grew an affection towsrds her. sad huh?

Aug 20th, 2003, 07:45 AM
Alicia: saw her at the hopman cup and was :hearts: :kiss:

Scud: hes stuggled through alot :sad: and he made a ocme back at wimbledon proving he is as good as number 8 in the world

Aug 20th, 2003, 10:17 AM
Jen cos i just like the way she plays. And i like the way she never gives in.

Aug 20th, 2003, 10:20 AM
Venus: Because she's my beloved Serena's big sis.

Aug 20th, 2003, 11:32 AM
I saw Justine playing in the Fed Cup meeting against Holland when she was 16. She showed some great tennis and fought her true the match :)

she's still geting better every year so I 'm a happy fan :D

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:08 PM
Jen--- she was so adorable when she burst on to the scene and I loved the way she played. Grew fanatical about her play as she staged her comeback in 2001 and have been a die hard fan all along... Her story truly inspires me and I love that she NEVER just gives in during a match--- she fights to the end

AGASSI--- another great comeback story!!! And the way he plays is INCREDIBLE!!! And the way he keeps going and improving is amazing and inspirational.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:24 PM
Martina N - Martina was the first player I saw play, (on TV), I don't remember which year, but it was a wimbledon final at some point in the early 1980's. I was so impressed by her game that I instantly became a fan and have been ever since.

Arantxa - Liked her game and the way she never gave up.

Magui - In 1998 for my Spanish A-Level oral exam I spoke about Spanish tennis; a Spanish friend gave me loads of info. for this and basically had me telling the examiner that Magui Serna was the next great hope for Spanish tennis. I did remember having seen her play a close match against Graf, I think it was the year before, but I didn't really know that much about her, still I did the exam and predicted great things for her. A few weeks later she beat Mary Pierce at RG, then I went and watched her play live at Wimbledon, (she lost to Davenport). I decided I liked her game and she seemed a nice person. Then in 2000 I went to RG, Eastbourne and Wimbledon with a large group of people. We went to loads of Magui's matches and spoke to her a bit, then came her 2nd round match against Mary Pierce at Wimbledon - we went mad cheering for her, (so crazy that we were commented on by the BBC commentators! ;) ) and Magui Mania was born!! She has a really nice game to watch, when she's playing well, and a really nice personality.

Patricia Tarabini - At RG 2000 we went to lots of Conchita's practices and matches as most of our group are massive Conchita fans. In 2000 one of Patricia friends had come to watch the tournament, 'cos Patricia and Conchita were, of course, busy working a lot of the time, her friend came over and started speaking to us. We made friends and spent a lot of time together in the players lounge, (Arantxa had given my friend and I tickets some days which gave us access there). There we met Patricia and she was just so nice to us and has been ever since. She is such a cool person and she always has so much fun on the court, even though she loses more often that wins, we all became fans - now we will even miss singles matches to go and watch Patricia's doubels and mixed :D

Vivi Ruano - Again, the first time I really noticed her was at RG 2000. One rainy day we were standing under a covered tunnel talking and Vivi walked past. Gallofa wanted to speak to her so called out, "Virginia". She smiled, came straight over to us and started chatting away, (for ages!). We have been to lots of her singles and doubles matches since then and I have become a fan because she seems to be such a nice person and always smiles, laughs and has fun on the court.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:45 PM
with steffi it just happened but I was most impressed with her dancing on the court and the aura she had around her. she was just amazing :worship:

with kim it was a slowing proces. I always liked her but in 2000 I was switching around a lot since I was not ready to get really dedicated after steffi's retirement but then when she hit the dropshot against tauzat I realized how amazing she was and I saw the light and I have been rooting for her since that day :D

with serena it was her dedication on court in los angeles 2000
she was not even playing well but won pure on desire. that's class :D

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:47 PM
Mary Pierce, because she is simply very good, and was the best french player since a lot of time when she did her final in Rolland Garros and won the Australian open :) !!!!!

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:47 PM
seles: my family followed her cos she was from the same country as they were. So i watched her play graf without much interest but it was nice to see monica win solely cos i liked her grunt ;)....then in 98 i heard she beat hingis who i despised in the SF at roland garros and was upset that i missed it. I heard she played GREAT so i had to stay up and watch the french final! she lost, but her tennis was great esp set2 and she won me over :)!!!!

jelena dokic - i saw her as a 13 or 14 year old in the semis of a nationals grass tourney here in aus. she was on tv and i taped her semi and final...sadly i taped over them :(...i just instantly liked her, she was cute and tiny and outsmarted her opponent. i could see top ten talent!!

hantuchova - i feel sorry for her ;) and i like her smooth strokes.

henin - her game is AMAZING. It is the best game to watch today IMO. if hingis was still around id prefer her tho..

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:51 PM
Angelique Widjaja...

bcuz she is Indonesian... :p

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:18 PM
Serena: U.S. open...after she survived against Kim and the way she beat Monica in the qtrs and Lindsay in the semi´s, to then dismantle Hingis in the finals.. I knew she was bound to be good! She got game AND fighting spirit....

I was just amazed at HOW MANY balls the girl gets back. There´s NO ONE that gets so many balls as Venus and after the ´00 open semi´s I also became a fan of the backhand, oooh backhand!

I loved how she made the game look so easy and that smile, that smile!!

Also makes the game look so easy. It seemed as if when he was beating Roddick he wasn´t even TRYING!!

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:38 PM
Venus and Serena - cuz they really pulled me back into the sport with the way they were two black girls who were winning loads. not that big a fan of serena cuz she keeps winning everything, but still, i'm glad she came to play tennis.

ASV- cuz i like her play where she vexes her opponents. plus, i hated steffi so i always arantxa to win.

Jana Novotna- cuz i liked her game.

Vera Zvonareva- she has a kick-ass name, plus i liked her in the junior tournies.too bad she's a choker extraordinaire.

Jusitine and Kim - cuz they are two world class belgian players. i lived in belgium for a while so its kinda like a patriotic thing since malaysia has no players.

Silvia Farina Elia- she has great hair.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:40 PM
andre - cuz of his fantastic looks then and now. i love bald guys. plus, he has that mix looks. not completely white.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:42 PM
I've Venus #1 fan because she touched me.. literally.. plus she has those long legs.. looks so hot when she's showing off those legs.. oh, and I love her game.. so erratic, yet so graceful.. pathetic serve I must say but the two handed down the line backhand is the best of tied for the best in the game... her grunts are awsome..

Aug 21st, 2003, 09:09 PM
Mary Pierce, because she is simply very good, and was the best french player since a lot of time when she did her final in Rolland Garros and won the Australian open !!!!!"

LOL Mary Pierce is about as "French" as Freedom Fries!

Aug 21st, 2003, 10:30 PM
Current Male: Tim Henman, because I always liked the serve-and-volley game, and the stronger 1-handed backhand, and he's got the complete game, and he's obviously a gentleman;

Current Female: Serena Williams, because I like the fight and determination she displayed in turning her game around and realizing her talent when many people were questioning her interest;

Recent Past Male Champion: Stefan Edberg, for all the same reasons I like Tim Henman, and he's obviously the benchmark;

Recent Past Female Champion: Steffi Graf, because I have yet to see any player, male or female, with this much drive and consistent determination to be what she was- the best. In my opinion, she was the quickest female tennis player in the history of the sport. She knew that if she was on top of her game, she was unbeatable, and it showed;

Past Male Champion: Lew Hoad, not because I saw him play (regret), but I've watched the footage, and he had the total game, and as Tony Trabert once said "When he was on, you may as well just have stayed home";

Past Female Champion: Margaret Court, because she was born a lefty and taught herself to play right-handed, and marshalled her natural athletic ability through the pioneering use of weights at a time when women simply didn't touch barbells, and she proceeded to win every major tournament on the planet, most of them several times over, and she was (and is) always modest and down to earth.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 12:00 AM
Venus and Serena Williams

Because they look, act and behave like me.

Aug 22nd, 2003, 12:03 AM
Recent Past Female Champion: Steffi Graf, because I have yet to see any player, male or female, with this much drive and consistent determination to be what she was- the best. In my opinion, she was the quickest female tennis player in the history of the sport. She knew that if she was on top of her game, she was unbeatable, and it showed;

I agree %100

She always set her goal at perfection. She hit winners and would have this look like that ball didn't go exactly where i wanted. One of my favorite quotes Mary Carillo relates how Heinz helped boost Steffi's confidence with four words. "Remember who you are."

Oct 22nd, 2003, 09:54 AM

Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:24 AM
Lleyton: When I started watching tennis, Lleyton was the first player I recognized, because he's an aussie, like me. Then I started watching him playing tennis more often and I loved his tennis and his famous "C'MON"s ever since.

Kim: I didn't know Kim before I knew Lleyton. In fact, it was Lleyton who made me know Kim. When I knew Lleyton had a girlfriend that plays on the tour, and I was thinking...how sweet :hearts: But then I started watching Kim play and I started to support her and like her more than Lleyton. :p...don't get me wrong, I still like Lleyton :D

~ The Leopard ~
Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:52 AM
I missed this thread at the time. Okay, CV, it looks like you thought of the idea before me. Point made. :)

Oct 22nd, 2003, 12:00 PM
her grunts are awsome..

Yeah they are hey!!

I rekon that they make all of her shots seem that much more powerful!! :bounce:

Oct 22nd, 2003, 02:28 PM
Hingis - Watched her at the Wimbeldon final in 97 and had been a fan ever since. Love her shot selection, varitey and just the way she plays tennis.

Agassi - Just gotta love this guys tennis. Makes everything look so easy. You never know when he is beaten either, a great quality.

Hewitt - Love his fighting spirit. C'MON!

Oct 22nd, 2003, 02:41 PM
I becam a fan of Venus Williams during her match at the AO with Lindsay D. The beds were flying, and it was used against her in the worst way. I felt the umpire was also against her. I felt so bad for this little girl, from this day on I just wanted to see her win. We tend to forget how young these girls are and that they are fragile emotionally as any of us. Go Venus!!! Come back strong!!

Oct 22nd, 2003, 03:32 PM

because they are all extremely talented, were basically child prodigies, play some awesome tennis, have won slams, look good, and wear nice outfits (not ugly or tacky). those requirements eliminate almost all the other female tennis players.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 03:40 PM
Great thread!

Lindsay - I really didn't follow tennis much, but began reading about her success on the U.S. hardcourts in the summer of 1998. I missed the U.S. Open final, but read about it and loved how personable she is and how hard she has worked. I've been a fan since.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 04:11 PM
Anna Kournikova - Heard a lot about her but I used to have this negative impression about her probably because of what I hear from the media and my friends. Watched her match against Panova in Wimbledon 2002, second time I did, and I learned a lot about her since. From then on, I had a different outlook about her and my interest on her grew.

Roger Federer - I always loved his game and tried to emulate it in my matches. He made me look forward for every tennis match I have so I can play like him. After seeing that Wimbledon 2003 match against Roddick, I became a certified 100% Federer fan.

Jelena Dokic, Gustavo Kuerten - I always root for the struggling players.

Aniko Kapros - Watched her match against Sharapova. Wasn't exactly impressed with that second serve, but those groundies are excellent.

Dinara Safina - My first time to see her play was US Open 2003 and I fell in love with her. Everything about her is endearing to me.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 04:47 PM
Kim: Started liking coz of Lleyton:rolleyes: But now, I don't like her cause she's the girlfriend of Lleyton, but because she has a great game and personality

Lleyton: I just saw soem few balls once, noticed his name. Next time I saw a whole match and was stunned. Has been ever since... Thanks mum for making me watch tennis:angel:

Oct 22nd, 2003, 05:27 PM

Loved the way she carried herself on the court, you couldn't really tell if she was winning or losing. Also loved to watch her footwork (best ever), and of course DA FOREHAND! Loved to watch her leap and hit that shot for winners and turn her back before her opponent had fully recovered from attempting to get it back.


Love the way she carries herself on the court. Steely determination, a true fighter, and of course DA BACKHAND! She solidified my admiration for her durin her quarter-final loss(loose) to Graf Wimbledon 99.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 05:53 PM
Marat Safin - first time i saw him play i was impressed by him...he is the one who brought me into tennis... a guy with so much natural talent. I love his game and style of play! When he is on he makes tennis look effortless. I also love his emotions on the court. He plays there with with heart and soul out there. It`s always interesting to watch him play. And on his best he can destory EVERY opponent. Also his charisma on the court! He is a class act... he has always great words for his opponent, no matter he lost or won. And I love his smashing smile….! He`s such a funny,cool, nice, sweet great and NATURAL, down to earth guy. His humor, his interviews are the best. He speaks his mind and he is smart, well thought and witty and funny at the same time. He is very open and easy going... how he cares for his fans and other people. He is always so kind too them and takes a lot of time :) And he has his very own style and doesnt care what others say about him :D I admire the way he did handle himself and his life after he had to leave his family and his homecountry to Spain, where he didn’t know anybody nore the language, when he was 13 . I also love that you never know with him… he is so unpredictable and that makes it even more exciting.

Steffi Graf – her movement around the court, her forehand of course, her whole game. How she handles herself on the court….! Her inspiration and working spirit.

Patrick Rafter – his serve and volley game! His easy going, nice personality and his sportmansship.

Dinara Safina – she is marats sis ;) well I really like her a lot… she is a great player, with much talent. I love her fighting spirit and her emotions on the court! And she is such a sweet girl. Very nice, kind and cool!

Oct 22nd, 2003, 06:10 PM
Becker: Nothing tops a 17 year-old Becker diving around the grass in England. Attacking tennis at its best.

Sampras: Simply the Greatest. Pure class and skill. Best clutch player ever.

Federer: Talent, finesse and class. The last of a dying breed...?

Graf: Big forehand, iron will - true champion!

Hantuchova: Innocence and grace. Performance against Venus in 2002 AO. Had Venus on the run at numerous times during match. Hits the ball so smoothly - esp the backhand down the line. Doesn't possess the accomplishments of the other 4 but she's alot cuter ;)

Oct 22nd, 2003, 07:09 PM
It was at the 1998 Australian Open when I first saw her play tennis. She was playing in her very first Grand Slam tournament and only her 4th main draw tournament on the tour. But, you would have known it by the way Serena Williams took on the then world # 9 ranked Irena Spirlea 6-7(5) 6-3 6-1.

Serena played a nervous first set, which she lost in a tie break, but after she settled down, then she displayed all the signs of what we know about her game today:-that she is the one complete player to hit the WTA tour in the Open Era at least. I realized then exactly what Billy Jean King discovered early this year:

'King said there was very little to work on with Serena's game'.

"The one thing that all of us realized, you know, through practice this week is she's really the complete package," King said. "She doesn't really have a weakness. She has so many strengths. She's quick. She's smooth. Her technique is excellent on everything." - Wrote Cynthia Faulkner for ESPN.com (Saturday, April 26, 2003,
Williams sisters show why they're the best ).

Oct 22nd, 2003, 07:45 PM
I was watching Lindsay play at the us open on tv 2 years ago and I instantly fell in love with her tennis and the way she looks, she just so classy and elegant :) the more i look at her, the more I feel intimate and understanding her character hehe...

as for andy roddick, the donald duck boi!!! :D i saw him play in some tourney, on tv, too and he just looked kinda hot there... from then on i kind of followed him and he has since been growing into his looks and i love his bulge and the gay rumour which hopefully will turn out true!! :lol:

Pamela Shriver
Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:11 PM
Me - I simply looked in mirror

Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:15 PM
Me - I simply looked in mirror

Pam, do all the mirrors in your house have to be on the second floor?

ok...that was bad :o :tape:

Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:40 PM
Saori Obata: I first saw Saori play in 2001, at the Surbiton $25K before Wimbledon. She beat Lucie Ahl and then narrowly lost to Molik, but I absolutely adored her game. I then saw her in Wimbledon quallies, where she beat Barnes + Crook, before narrowly losing to Daniilidou.

I have followed her ever since, and seen her improve to the player she is today :) She is a genius with a tennis ball, and the most entertaining player to watch on tour. Just watch her match with Bovina at Wimbledon this year.

Pamela Shriver
Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:45 PM
Pam, do all the mirrors in your house have to be on the second floor?

No, how stupid

They're on the 10th.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 11:15 PM
No, how stupid

They're on the 10th.

I'm baffled by the idea of the complex system of lifts and pulleys George must need to get around in a 10 storey house :eek:

Do you still sleep in the same bed (assuming you ever slept together--slept used loosely of course)? or is it just too hard to find shaped like an upside down 'L' ?

Oct 22nd, 2003, 11:19 PM
I saw Pam and knew no one else could ever be as funny. Jen comes close. I love them both equally.

Pamela Shriver
Oct 22nd, 2003, 11:33 PM
George has a grand stair lift that whizzes him around the floors of our vast mansion. His motorised scooters do the rest.

Of course we sleep in the same bed! I had them both made up from Harvey Nics in London they're exactly the same, and mine is placed in the west wing and George's in the east.

~ The Leopard ~
Oct 23rd, 2003, 12:22 AM
My favourites usually capture my attention and imagination at the Oz Open, which is my best chance to watch a lot of tennis. In Amelie's case, it was the 1999 Open, when this big strong French Amazon had her dramatic run through the draw, beating everyone in her path (until the anti-climactic final when she went down to Hingis). The controversy about her physical strength and her sexuality helped draw attention to her, and sympathy in my case. I like Marti Hingis, but the way she handled the situation was wrong (I think it eventually harmed both players).

In the case of Dani, it was the 2002 Open when I saw this incredible model-like beauty playing some great tennis in both singles and doubles, and I recognised that she was soon going to be a star.

Oct 23rd, 2003, 01:37 AM
Watched Monica play a match on tv, and from there on - I have been a fan.