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Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:00 AM
This is what happened with me and Roddick. Also, once upon a time, I really couldn't stand Clijsters--but that was for a few months when I hardly knew her. Then, I just fell in love with her, like that. Oh, and Daniela. Kim and Daniela, I wouldn't say I detested, but I started out really really not liking them. Roddick--oooooooooouu, I hated him so much. Just last year

I think changes of heart are so wonderful. And for people to say so outloud is very admirable quality. Just curious if anyone else has had similar reactions to a player

Midnite Surfer
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:05 AM
That happened with Davenport for me. I don't know if I'm in love with her but I like her a lot. I used to hate watching her play now I can appreciate her.

kournikovafan13
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:06 AM
Ashley Harkleroad.....I used to hate her so much, she was such a useless player and she was way too hyped. But since then she's proved herself as a great person and player, and now she's one of my favorites! :D

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:07 AM
Same here. I can say I am a Davenport fan now. She rocks. She's got the 'tude. LOL

kournikovafan13
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:07 AM
Oh, and can we do the reverse? :angel: Jelena Dokic used to be a favorite of mine about 2 years ago, now I despise her thanks to her attitude.

Couver
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:08 AM
The very same thing happend to me with Lindsay. I used to dislike her, but after I watched her more she grew on me!

Also to a lesser degree Hingis, I kinda miss her now.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:08 AM
Ashley Harkleroad.....I used to hate her so much, she was such a useless player and she was way too hyped. But since then she's proved herself as a great person and player, and now she's one of my favorites! :D

Hey James. LOL! There goes another one. Same here. She's in my sig now, but I used to not like her-- A LOT. I think I just didn't like anybody or something

decemberlove
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:08 AM
venus

serena (dont tell nobody) :)

Midnite Surfer
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:10 AM
Yeah I liked Hingis more and more. Once all the scandal died down betwenn her and the Williams sisters.

irma
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:10 AM
no I might not have detest them anymore but I didn't start to root for them(of course those days the only player I sometimes rooted for outside steffi was mary joe). that said I felt sad when sabatini retired anyway:(

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:11 AM
Oh, and can we do the reverse? :angel: Jelena Dokic used to be a favorite of mine about 2 years ago, now I despise her thanks to her attitude.

Omigod, I have WAAAAAAAAAAYY too many in reverse: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marat Safin, Jelena Dokic, Justine Henin, Anastasia Myskina, Mark Phillippoussis, Tommy Haas... too many to name

decemberlove
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:13 AM
didnt care for dani either... now i like her. feel kinda bad for her sometimes.

kournikovafan13
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:15 AM
Omigod, I have WAAAAAAAAAAYY too many in reverse: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marat Safin, Jelena Dokic, Justine Henin, Anastasia Myskina, Mark Phillippoussis, Tommy Haas... too many to name

Care to explain WHY? :angel: :mad: I like all those players except for Haas and Dokic, lol.

irma
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:15 AM
I dislike petrova, can't imagine that will change soon

o0O0o
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:15 AM
When I first saw Kim I thought "Oh God another crappy power player" and then she beat Hingis. :fiery: But soon thereafter she became my second fave (behind Martina, of course).

In reverse...I used to like Aggassi but now I take glory in his losses. :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:17 AM
Care to explain WHY?

I choose not to explain why I don't like certain players anymore. People are never asked why they like a certain player. Sorry James :angel: Different tastes?!

propi
Jun 25th, 2003, 06:30 AM
I use to dislike Justine, and Mauresmo but they're progresing in my list pretty quickly, but not as much as to be favourites, wait for a couple of years and maybe

Scotso
Jun 25th, 2003, 07:15 AM
I used to hate Lleyton and Kim.

Nina_rus
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:14 AM
I wasn't a big fan of Hingis at all and once I really started to like her she quit... :(

Maajken
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:19 AM
I wasn't a big fan of Hingis at all and once I really started to like her she quit... :(
same here :sad:

arn
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:27 AM
I didn't like Dementieva and Mauremo in the beginning. Now Dementieva is one of my favourate russians and I really like Mauresmo for the way she brings something different to the tour :)

bis2806
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:34 AM
I'm not really in love with Kim now!

arn
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:36 AM
I'm not really in love with Kim now!

Serious??? wow, we never noticed it! :p ;)

Jeff
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:42 AM
Hmm...nope, only a few players I really deteste...and I still deteste them :p

katrientje
Jun 25th, 2003, 09:37 AM
I have to say the Williams-sisters :angel:

At first I didn't like them at all because I actually believed what the media were saying about them and because they beat my faves all the time.
But now I respect them tremendously and I love Venus' grace and Serena's passion.
They both convinced me in their interviews: both so funny, sweet and down to earth

Lien
Jun 25th, 2003, 09:42 AM
The Williams sisters also esp Venus.

But the reverse thing happened also with some player.

tennisIlove09
Jun 25th, 2003, 09:44 AM
I use to dislike Hingis. I miss her now...not sure if I Love her.

There are many players that I use to root for, that I now root against because of their attitudes.

Greenout
Jun 25th, 2003, 09:50 AM
I would say Hingis, Conchita and Venus.
I've come to really appreciate them so much
more now than before.

I guess it was because
I was such a bigger LD and Natasha fan before that I
found Hingis, Conchita, and Venus really
troublesome, irksome, and a threat to my
two favorites. lol.

Martian Willow
Jun 25th, 2003, 10:32 AM
In reverse...I used to like Aggassi but now I take glory in his losses. :)

A rather perverse reverse...I hated him ten years ago, when he was all brightly coloured cycling shorts and mullet...now I really like him, he's like a completely different person.

On the other hand, I liked Daniela about a year ago, but now every time I see her she seems less attractive...(sorry for mentioning it again Dani fans)...

Don't think I love them though...I reserve that for Monica and Martina...:)

matthias
Jun 25th, 2003, 10:34 AM
Mauresmo, i really disliked her, but now she is one of my favorit top-players

ans
Jun 25th, 2003, 11:07 AM
I'm not really in love with Kim now!

Really? But you are with Justine though, we all know that :p

Dava
Jun 25th, 2003, 11:11 AM
Kim I could not stand her to begin with, I ccant believe how much I like her now!

Glenn
Jun 25th, 2003, 11:37 AM
Alexandra Stevenson and Marissa Irvin.
I couldn't stand them at first because they were friends of Serena and Venus, but now that I've come to like Serena and Venus, I've grown a true fan of Alex and Marissa! :D

*abby*
Jun 25th, 2003, 11:57 AM
i have to say thats what happened with kim. i really really didnt like her, i dont know why but i just didnt. but then i saw her in interviews and stuuf and she is just so damn nice that it is impossible not to like her.on the bbc they showed this clip where she went to visit this hospital for terminally ill kids and my heart just melted. she is too damn nice not to like.

SerialKiller#69
Jun 25th, 2003, 12:12 PM
I used to be a typical Anna hater and everything she represented - the media, the fame, the diva-ness. But later on, I truly can empathize with her. And now that she's beaten and down, I support her even more.

Hagar
Jun 25th, 2003, 01:14 PM
Verkerk grew on me in one single Grand Slam.
I used to like Agassi but not anymore, he's just like a robot, and then that grin and these little steps on the court.
At first, I did not like Serena a lot but now I appreciate her game more and more.

Cariaoke
Jun 25th, 2003, 01:28 PM
I used to hate hate hate hate hate Hingis but now I'm kinda of indifferent. I miss her presence on the tour.

I couldn't stand Cappy... especially when she dissed Serena after she beat her in Wimby '01. Now, since she's been humbled a bit and kind of changed her outlook on her opponents (especially when she patted Serena on the back in the tour champs SF's), I'm starting to root her on. It's kind of scary. Each tournament, I'm right there saying 'Go Cappy.' I didn't even realize it until like maybe last week when I was looking at my draws to see who I should be rooting for. :eek:

I didn't like Amélie after what she said about my girls at Wimby last year. She had a bad case of sour grapes. Then... I was watching some interviews of her and I like her mannerisms. Then she said something positive about Serena at RG, before they even stepped on the court. So, I think there's a mutual respect there.

I used to strongly dislike Lleyton... now I just see him as a brat. He just doesn't seem warm and fuzzy like my dear Kimmy. Maybe I'll grow to like him but for right now... bleh.

Princess Fiona
Jun 25th, 2003, 01:53 PM
Hmmmm... Maybe Mary Pierce? I didn't really care for her so much a few years ago (I think she reminded me a little bit of me sometimes? :o ;) ) but now I like her and I'm pleased she's still around... :) (Though I'm a little worried for my favourite Lena playing her at W tomorrow - 0 and 0 against Cargill!! :eek: ) (Sorry King Aaron... :sad: ;) )

Also Hingis a few years ago - I didn't care for her but she was young, growing up in the glare of the media... It must have been very tough for her. I miss seeing her out there sometimes...

I'm not really 'anti' any player right now - I couldn't stand Greg Rusedski but I'm pretty neutral towards him these days!! Until he plays Nicolas Lapentti!! *cough* ;) Maybe I'm just growing up... *blush* ;)

Fantastic
Jun 25th, 2003, 02:15 PM
Used to hate Martina Hingis because she snubbed me for an autograph. Looked at me as though to say "no, you're not good enough." Years later, I hesitated about asking for her autograph again but she was right there, so I swallowed my pride and seized the day. She was cool as bananas, and even took the time to have a chat and share jokes with me. I was a huge fan after that and will remain her fan for a lifetime.

In reverse, probably Steffi Graf. I don't dislike her or anything but I think, "cooled off" is more the expression I'm looking for. I didn't support her as much and I began to realize that the WTA was full of so many talented and interesting players other than Steffi Graf. I still adore Steffi though as she was one of the first players I ever supported.

catkey94
Jun 25th, 2003, 02:40 PM
I wouldn't go so far to say that I am in love with this player, but I do really like Jennifer Capriati as a player. I used to like her back in the early 90's when she was young, but I stopped liking her for a while when she was #1 because of her attitude. But now I am starting to like her as a player again. I love her fight and passion for the game.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 25th, 2003, 03:20 PM
Used to hate Martina Hingis because she snubbed me for an autograph. Looked at me as though to say "no, you're not good enough." Years later, I hesitated about asking for her autograph again but she was right there, so I swallowed my pride and seized the day. She was cool as bananas, and even took the time to have a chat and share jokes with me. I was a huge fan after that and will remain her fan for a lifetime.

That's cool! I always hope people don't assume a player must be a jackass 'cause they didn't give an autograph. They are human, and they must get a million people wanting something from them each day. Furthermore, it's like they are deprived of having a bad day in solitude without people watching and critiquing them when they don't even know the story. So it's nice to hear that you didn't just decide to write her off. And Marti is so nice, that's so great she chatted with you!

Jamie
Jun 25th, 2003, 05:25 PM
Martina Hingis made me interested in tennis so I appreciateds her tennis game.
Appreciation went to LIKE.
Like went to LOVE. I love her game, her attitude and that great SMILe. She is missed.

Mrs. Peel
Jun 25th, 2003, 05:39 PM
That would be Hingis..while I wouldn't profess love...I used to not be able to stand her...but eventually she matured and became really classy. At Australian Final last year she had my heart...I cried when the heat got to her!

The Crow
Jun 25th, 2003, 05:51 PM
Conchita (ok I didn't despise her, but was fairly indifferent to her in the beginning), Henman is going in the right direction :eek: :eek:

The other way around: err Rusedski maybe... And Ivanisevic.

Hawk
Jun 25th, 2003, 05:53 PM
I used to hate Martina Hingis..her attitude was a complete turn off to me..but now when I read back some of her quotes are classic lol :p

Like someone else said I miss her presence on the tour..

The reverse for me would be Justine :o (*ducks as the lleyki's chuck things at my head* :p ) I used to kind of like Justine..but I really don't like her anymore.

SJW
Jun 25th, 2003, 07:11 PM
Martina Hingis an then i started to love her then a couple of years later she retired :( i really really really hate that i spent years despising her now i miss her more than anybody

Jennifer Capriati now shes one of my faves ;) i love her so much :D

Anna-hated the hype now i love her to pieces. no one wants to see her do better than me now

Amelie...she played Venus 01 AO right? and made some comment about V falling off her chair :D now i think about it i laugh, but back then she werent cool

Daniela-yea i was bitter she beat Martina@ IW ;)...started calling her Hanflukeova....started lovin her around the USO last year

lakeway11
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:06 PM
I wasn't a big fan of Hingis at all and once I really started to like her she quit... :(

was that due to Marti beating AnnaK so easily all the time? :p

is quitting the same as retiring :confused: :sad:

bis2806
Jun 27th, 2003, 04:28 AM
justine :o when pigs fly.....
btw, i think the williams sisters are the ones that i like now because of their cool outfits that they display at each grandslam.... their grunts are just too outrageous not forgetting serena's awesome groundstrokes and angels ;)

shirley
Jun 27th, 2003, 06:38 PM
Lindsay. I used to really dislike her. When she won Wimbledon in 1999 I wasn't happy because she beat Jana Novotna and Steffi Graf but then I watched a few of her matches on the hardcourt build-up to the US Open 99 and noticed she wasn't a bad player :p and since then she's been my absolute fave :)

Come-on-kim
Jun 27th, 2003, 07:07 PM
Amelie, Venus, Serena

Ryan
Jun 27th, 2003, 07:20 PM
Sharapova and Harkleroad. I thought they were over-hyped Anna Pornikova clones. Then I saw them play and interviewed, and fell in love with them and thier games. :D

Varissle
Jun 27th, 2003, 07:24 PM
I hate Serena, maybe it will change. but i don't think it