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Feb 4th, 2013 08:15 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

What is important for me (random order):

- fighter attitude
- hard work ethics
- respect for fans and other athletes
- good sportsmanship
- maintaining high PR level

What I disregard completely - "hotness". And I dare to call "immature" everybody for whom it IS a factor.

Feb 4th, 2013 08:09 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

Initially I go for players with an exciting game with variety including not being afraid to come to the net (Schiavone, Momo, The Goddess Navratilova) but their off-court personality has to include some degree of sportsmanship and respect for their opponent and the game. Players who won't acknowledge their opponent played better is a pet hate. Players who seem to genuinely enjoy playing (as opposed to just putting $$ in the bank) is a huge plus. Currently, I love Sammie's quiet personality, Bartoli's unconventionality, Schiavone's passion (when she's "on", so not for a while ), Sloane's and Sabine's grins when they hit a great winner. So no real pattern there.
Feb 4th, 2013 10:58 AM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

jokes about husbands
Feb 4th, 2013 10:53 AM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

I love any players that have at least 3 of these traits: funny, witty, friendly, warm, humble.
I hate any players that have at least 3 of these traits: cold, loser, rude, drama queen, diva wannabe.
Feb 4th, 2013 10:48 AM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

well, we can say for sure it's not the type of player like azarenka...
Feb 4th, 2013 09:59 AM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

Personality wide, I like players who are quick to engage the crowd - like Li Na, Kim and Serena or genuinely nice/funny players like Lisicki, Kuznetsova and Zvonareva.

I don't like players who come off as cold, bitchy or uncaring to the plight of others - like Sharapova, Kirilenko, Nicole Pratt.

But generally, I like players who possess games that I like, with the key component being speedy around the court like Jankovic, Errani. If they weren't fast, I would like them if they at least tried to move fast like Yanina Wickmayer.

There are exceptions to every rule of course.
Feb 4th, 2013 08:35 AM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

I don't think the initial attraction of most fans to their faves has much to do with actual personality, but rather that they project the personality on to their fave that they would like her to have. Same applies btw to hated players.

The initial attraction/repulsion is usually based on appearance, results, and in the case of more serious fans, style of play. Once a fan decides to follow/hate a player, every word or action is carefully interpreted to fit the desired personality.

The blandest and most innocuous statements by those players are thus interpreted as classy shade or classless bitchiness, kindhearted generosity or insufferable dullness, etc., depending on whether the fan has decided to love or hate the player concerned.
Feb 4th, 2013 05:19 AM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

Taking into account last votings for fan favorite titles the biggest chances have primitive pushers without arms pretending to be important enough to criticize real great tennis players
Feb 3rd, 2013 11:13 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

Self belief and desire
Feb 3rd, 2013 11:05 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

Love players who attract non-hard core tennis viewers, fair play, fierce competitive instincts, mental tenacity, style, charm, out going personality, funny & multi-talented both on & off court ...and just being who they're, ie do not suck up to the media or haters

Such a package is marketable & helps to promote the tour
Feb 3rd, 2013 10:59 PM
laurie Well these are some of my favourite players over the years who I followed more than others:

Monica Seles
Mary Pierce
Jennifer Capriati
Amelie Mauresmo
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Petra Kvitova
Angelique Kerber
And to a slightly lesser extent I always followed Venus Williams and Chanda Rubin.

All vastly different personalities and game styles so no real pattern from my perspective.

PS, may add Mona Barthel to my list soon

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Feb 3rd, 2013 10:56 PM
Cosmic Voices
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

I enjoy:

- Masha's focus
- Empresses refusal to use a towel
- Novak's comedy
- Serena's evil hand minion
- Rogers under-the-breath mumblings
- Rafa's bull fighter court sprint
- Andy's facial expressions
- Kirilenko's hockey tactics
Feb 3rd, 2013 10:46 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

It depends on the crowd.

Wimbledon may prefer someone like Federer but fans in New York will prefer a more intense personality.

In regards to fistpumping, there's a fine line between intensity and insecurity.
A top 20 player shouldn't be excited to hit a winner past a journeywoman, that should be expected. See Ivanovic as a prime example.
Feb 3rd, 2013 10:34 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

An excellent example of a player who can attract fans is Schiavone, through her never-say-die attitude. She also plays the "right" way to certain sections of crowds and uses her personality perhaps better than anyone when on-song.
Feb 3rd, 2013 10:29 PM
Re: What type of player's personality attract fans?

A players game appeals to me first, and the personality comes 2nd. But i won't support a player who's personality or attitude i don't like. Personality plays a big part for me.

My Faves all have personalities i like. Tsonga is a good guy despite what he said about women the other week (which i think was misunderstood). Del Po is possibly the classiest guy on tour. Kei seems like a great guy too from what i've seen, and Slava is a sweetheart who seems to always be positive. The ones below, i like based on their game more than anything else, but they aren't my faves really, just players i like.

But different personalities attract different people i suppose. Thats why everyone has different faves.
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