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srinrajesh
03-02-2009, 08:33 AM
My personal favourite is Boris Becker who was liked by people all over the world because he captured their imagination by winning wimbledon as a 17 year old boy. We all seem to love some one who made it so young and had so much charisma as well. Well he still makes news for his engagements and high profile personal life.

Others running him close could be agassi, borg, pat cash, rafter..
Let me create a separate poll for female players

diegaa
03-02-2009, 08:39 AM
agassi would be the top one for me. Boris Becker, Yannick Noah, Sabatini, graf, Younes El Ayanoui, Alex Corretja are worth to mention. I could talk to some of them and they are all very nice.

thejoe
03-02-2009, 08:40 AM
Agassi. No question in my eyes.

Leublu tennis
03-02-2009, 08:42 AM
Are you kidding? None of these players can carry Marat's bag. He will be remembered for his charisma not the number of slams, or whatever, that he wins.

dataseviltwin
03-02-2009, 08:43 AM
Rafter, mate. Last of the great Aussies. To the NET!!! Then let's get a pint afterward!!!:)

gj011
03-02-2009, 08:44 AM
Bjorn Borg

Leublu tennis
03-02-2009, 08:46 AM
Bjorn Borg? He was an interesting player but, charismatic? Hm.

srinrajesh
03-02-2009, 08:46 AM
doesnt becker's engagement still make news all over world 10 years after he's retired?

Leublu tennis
03-02-2009, 08:50 AM
Yep. But thats sensationalism and not charisma. Although he was not bad when he played. Gained a lot in the charisma area after he left the sport.

Giggs The Red Devil
03-02-2009, 08:52 AM
Tsonga. It's the french charm.

nyc
03-02-2009, 08:52 AM
didn't becker have an illegitimate child after a quick encounter with a waitress, while he was still married? And didn't he get caught for tax evasion?

Sounds like a REALLY nice fella to me...

srinrajesh
03-02-2009, 09:00 AM
Well becos Becker has his faults as well lot of us can relate with him and love him all the same

vbranis
03-02-2009, 09:02 AM
I voted other. El Aynaoui.

VivalaVida
03-02-2009, 09:40 AM
Andre Agassi for sure.

federerdomination
03-02-2009, 09:43 AM
Tsonga!!!!

boredone3456
03-02-2009, 09:44 AM
Andre Agassi

DMan
03-02-2009, 09:46 AM
If the subject was charismatically-challenged I would have voted for Sampras. But why was he on *this* list?

veroniquem
03-02-2009, 09:48 AM
Becker had some charisma, a strong personality but Agassi was the most charismatic by far. To me, Nadal is the new Agassi (And to Krajicek too apparently, he said in an interview that Federer was more Sampras' type and Nadal was comparable to Agassi in that he brought more than tennis to an event), Agassi and Nadal are very different persons but they're both the best at creating "a buzz" everywhere they go and sell a lot of tickets, they're a tournament director's dream.

ESP#1
03-02-2009, 02:50 PM
Becker was way more charismatic then Agassi, Agassi needed attention so he did things to attract it. For Becker it was effortless, it seemed to come natural. Safin seems to have it too

breadstick
03-02-2009, 04:02 PM
Safin and Roddick.

Tennis_Monk
03-02-2009, 04:31 PM
Andre Kirk Agassi.

daveyboy
03-02-2009, 04:53 PM
I'm voting rafter, but I know it should be agassi. Even after, for years, the guy promoted flash over substance with one single statement, read from a cue card:

Image is everything.

mentalcase
03-02-2009, 09:16 PM
Definitely Agassi

Gorecki
03-02-2009, 11:12 PM
Bjorn Borg? He was an interesting player but, charismatic? Hm.

i dont know if our definitions of charisma are the same but Borg was definitely the most charismatic...

He was\is the Greatest "superstar" of tennis (yes... until today too)...

just yesterday i was seeing that documentary Champions of Wimbledon - Bjorn Borg and man... if one player was famous and loved, it was really him!

and this is from a Agassi Fan!

PERL
03-03-2009, 03:48 AM
I have to agree with Gorecki.
Facts : Borg was the first rock star in the game. Hundreds of screaming female fans at Wimbledon wanted to touch him, running across the grass. He was a natural leader of the sport, the locker room had nothing to dispute or disrespect when it comes to Borg, he won his matches fair and square. He was known worldwide at a time when tennis reached his peak in popularity.
His on court presence is unmatched.
In his case charisma is not about some buzz, fashionable clothes, controversy, making noise, speaking loud or breaking rackets. It is all about presence and being Bjorn Borg, that would be my definition of charisma.

tennis-hero
03-03-2009, 04:46 AM
Its a hangable offense to mention Lendl and charisma in the same sentence round these parts- but may i draw your attention to exhibit A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xAPwx3z950

not only does he return a backhand which screams quality
he also manages to
a- physically assault Mac and get away with it
b- physically assault the brat on a tennis court
c- physically assault that cheating overrated piece of crap on a tennis court, and show that there was only ONE real dominant player in the 80s (one NON juiced up dominant player ;))

therefore Lendl must win

Shaolin
03-03-2009, 08:26 AM
Guga Kuerten.

He should be on the poll.

cknobman
03-03-2009, 09:07 AM
Cant believe there is a poll for this.

Agassi is the all time undisputed GOAT in the category.

WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis
03-03-2009, 09:15 AM
Boris Becker goes down as my favourite, just for the honest ludicrousness of his existence. In trouble, and a bit laughed at, he still has his fans and the people as a majority just shake their heads and laugh. And though he is retired from tennis, he is still very popular in Germany and an oft seen face on just about everything.

I never liked Safin really, he had his moments with some witty lines, but I don't go in for the "bad boy" charisma myth. Agassi I never liked either, bad boy to doe-eyed humanitarian, no thanks. Borg has fans like crazy but the personality show of a loaf of bread. Lendl is my favourite overall for player and personality type, but I understand completely why he wouldn't make a poll choice.

beneszilo
03-03-2009, 09:42 AM
Definitely Agassi!!!

tangerine
03-03-2009, 09:47 AM
It's gotta be Andre Agassi. The crowd's reaction to him worldwide was like no other. Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdyxeyGQ62Q

After him, Andy Roddick of course. http://i12.tinypic.com/8bohzly.jpg

ksbh
03-03-2009, 09:54 AM
I voted 'others', but it's certainly not Pat "as interesting as a termite" Cash!

oranges
03-03-2009, 11:55 AM
Guga Kuerten.

He should be on the poll.

Oh, if there was ever a player impossible not to like, that would be Guga and that heart drawing is the sweetest thing ever done http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/love2.gif

Cyan
03-03-2009, 12:00 PM
Agassi.......................

Underhand
03-03-2009, 12:03 PM
My personal favourite is Boris Becker who was liked by people all over the world because he captured their imagination by winning wimbledon as a 17 year old boy.

I like Becker too, he captured my imagination with his 10 minute romp in the restaurant's broom closet.

norbac
03-03-2009, 12:14 PM
Safin, Agassi also but I voted for Marat since he's such a man.

Can't see why Guga's not on there while Nadal and Sampras are.

Moz
03-03-2009, 12:18 PM
I voted 'others', but it's certainly not Pat "as interesting as a termite" Cash!

I must admit I was a tad surprised to see him on this poll.

ksbh
03-03-2009, 12:29 PM
LOL, Moz! Likewise here but not in the least surprised that he's got 0 votes!

I must admit I was a tad surprised to see him on this poll.

Gorecki
03-03-2009, 02:28 PM
LOL, Moz! Likewise here but not in the least surprised that he's got 0 votes!

the only thing interesting in him was those amazing Sergio Tachinni Signature shoes...

oscar_2424
03-03-2009, 03:26 PM
Guga Kuerten, easy

Tempest344
03-03-2009, 03:58 PM
Safin
any pro that is outgoing and a flashy player

Xuxa Kuerten
03-03-2009, 04:23 PM
Guga >>>>>>>>> Agassi >>>> Safin

vbranis
03-03-2009, 04:30 PM
Oh, if there was ever a player impossible not to like, that would be Guga and that heart drawing is the sweetest thing ever done http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/love2.gif

That's why I have it as my avatar.;)

Guga was/is a class act. He always had a smile on his face, and was a crowd favorite wherever he went.

Skywalker91
03-03-2009, 05:02 PM
Alright I know not all of you are going to agree with me, but I think McEnroe is the most charismatic player. He was a hell of a serve and volley player, his tantrums also made his matches funny. He might not be as charismatic as Agassi or Nadal but I think he deserves mention.

oscar_2424
03-03-2009, 06:20 PM
Guga Guga Guga Guga

SourStraws
03-03-2009, 06:24 PM
Chris Evert

S.S.

Nadal_Freak
03-03-2009, 06:28 PM
Nadal followed by Agassi. I find Nadal an even more exciting version of Agassi. That's just me. The other choices are kinda lame though. Great players but not much personality.

JeMar
03-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Safin or Agassi, easily.

JeMar
03-03-2009, 06:30 PM
And O.M.G. Guga. I can't believe he wasn't on there.

Nadal_Freak
03-03-2009, 06:32 PM
And O.M.G. Guga. I can't believe he wasn't on there.
Agreed. Ferrero, Muster, and Chang as well though they aren't as successful.

oscar_2424
03-03-2009, 06:50 PM
muster charismatic????

Kobble
03-03-2009, 07:24 PM
Safin
Agassi
Kuerten

ESP#1
03-03-2009, 07:33 PM
You can tell alot of people weren't around for the Becker days,

I think Johnny Mac had alot of charisma, why is he missing? I mean was Pat Cash necessary?

DunlopDood
03-03-2009, 08:46 PM
Surprising not to see Kurten in your poll

diegaa
03-04-2009, 04:05 AM
Guga Kuerten.

He should be on the poll.

right on the spot, shaolin. as usual, how we could've forgotten guga??!!

Moz
03-04-2009, 04:17 AM
I was really surprised to hear that Kuerten's wife's first name is Beef.

"Hello, this is Beef Kuerten".

velkov
03-04-2009, 05:05 AM
andre agassi

srinrajesh
03-04-2009, 05:28 AM
Becker was way more charismatic then Agassi, Agassi needed attention so he did things to attract it. For Becker it was effortless, it seemed to come natural. Safin seems to have it too

I agree that becker was more charismatic as he captured the hearts by winning so young and had great 5 set matches as well coming back so often
Crowds also loved his "diving volleys" which is probably one of the single most loved and remembered shot in tennis history.

srinrajesh
03-04-2009, 05:30 AM
Hope they can provide us more options on the poll.. can we edit the choices now
Guga is probably some one we can bring in instead of cash/ sampras

Nadal_Freak
03-04-2009, 06:14 AM
So yeah my top choices are 1. Nadal 2. Agassi 3. Kuerten. You could easily reverse the order as they all are very close but different personality wise. Depends on what type of personality you prefer. Cash is the worst one off that list.

matchmaker
03-04-2009, 06:41 AM
Guga was incredible. Impossible not to like him.

Agassi also had a lot of charisma.

Becker had an interesting tennis personality and a very typical style.