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VetoRight
05-21-2009, 05:55 PM
IMO , here are the most entertaining tennis player, all of them have something unique that i always wait will be shown in the match :) :

1. Stevan edberg, the serve n volley technique I think one of the best in tennis history, i love it.

2. Boris becker, the serve n his bachand return serve is so magical.

3. Stevie Graf, beside she is the greatest tennis player with 22 grandslam titles, she is beautiful tennis player that's rare in that era , not like today many tennis player look like super model :).

Winners or Errors
05-21-2009, 08:02 PM
This thread was done not too long ago. I should know, as I started it... To your list, I'd add:

1. John McEnroe, maybe the most beautiful game (and I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder) in tennis history, truly unique, greatest peak year of the open era in 1984.

2. Andre Agassi, watching him take the ball on the rise and dictate play was truly awe-inspiring, especially later in his career

3. Guga, who I just loved to watch grinning from ear to ear as he decimated opponents at the French Open with his smooth, powerful, ground game.

4. Stefan Edberg, in addition to what you said, I'd add that he had an absolutely amazing backhand.

5. Boris Becker, boom-boom, I'll add that I still see him diving around the court winning his first Wimbledon title in my mind every time I watch video of him playing.

Lots of guys I never saw play, so sadly prior to the mid-70s I have no opinion, but I'm sure others will chime in who are older or more interested in early-Open pre-Open Era tennis.

Mikey Fresh
05-21-2009, 08:51 PM
Djokovic?>

charliefedererer
05-21-2009, 10:12 PM
Though I'm not that big a fan of his, it was hard to beat the entertainment provided by Jimmy Connors at the US Open.

BreakPoint
05-21-2009, 10:22 PM
Pioline - Most artistic one-handed backhand!

Tsonga - you never know what he's going to do next.

Connors - "This is what they came for. This is what they want."

Federer - artistry in motion.

okdude1992
05-21-2009, 10:29 PM
Pioline - Most artistic one-handed backhand!

Tsonga - you never know what he's going to do next.

Connors - "This is what they came for. This is what they want."

Federer - artistry in motion.

gasquet- sick backhand
gonzo-how hard can he hit it?
monfils-the dance moves/ celebrations are laughs

Deuce
05-21-2009, 11:35 PM
Arazi.

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VetoRight
05-22-2009, 04:47 AM
Djokovic?>

Pioline - Most artistic one-handed backhand!

Tsonga - you never know what he's going to do next.

Connors - "This is what they came for. This is what they want."

Federer - artistry in motion.

I think they haven't retired yet. Bu tsonga , i hope he will be number one, OMO for active pro tennis player now, he is the most entertaining. I always wait for servive n the smash oh tsonga :).

martin
05-22-2009, 04:55 AM
Connors
Noah
Mcenroe
Nastase
Tsonga

ttwarrior1
05-22-2009, 11:18 PM
conners,mcenroe,

mental midget
05-23-2009, 10:57 AM
rios
leconte
federer
edberg

whatever, all the 'shotmakers,' i guess. and edberg was just smooth.

darthpwner
05-23-2009, 11:02 AM
Mansour Bahrami

jimbo333
05-23-2009, 12:29 PM
Though I'm not that big a fan of his, it was hard to beat the entertainment provided by Jimmy Connors at the US Open.

I am a fan of his:)

He was definitely right up there as the most entertaining tennis player ever for sure!!!

He absolutely loved playing AND winning AND showed this on the court whenever he went out there. I wish players were more demonstrative on the court these days:)

BTURNER
05-23-2009, 08:57 PM
Connors, Nastase, Mecir, and any frenchman holding a racket.

suwanee4712
05-23-2009, 11:51 PM
Santoro, the Magician!

grafselesfan
05-24-2009, 12:45 AM
Steffi Graf- da forehand, the athletic ability, the beautiful service motion, those wonderful little steps and footwork adjustments, the focus and concentration on each point.

Navratilova- incredible athletic ability, that amazing coverage and shotmaking at the net, and even sometimes from the ground when hitting passing shots especialy. Her emotions on the court.

Nadal- plays every point with a passion and a determination you cant teach. Wants to get every ball, wants to give his all on every shot. So much personality and passion. Just great.

Sampras- Every shot so smooth and effortless yet with such power and athleticsm behind it at the same time. That amazing leap smash he did, that forehand on the run. Incredible.

Seles- the single minded focus and determination. The way she flung herself into every shot. The accuracy and penetration behind almost every groundstroke, the uncanny accuracy and angles. The way she was looking to pounce on every 2nd serve. The never say die attitude at her best.

theagassiman
05-24-2009, 02:50 AM
Bjorn Borg- Wonderfully wierd double-handed backhand. Hypnotising to watch him moonball on clay ;)

Elina
05-25-2009, 12:36 PM
From the top of my head:

Gustavo Kuerten :D

You can't watch his matches without smiling every now and then. :)

gj011
05-25-2009, 01:20 PM
IMO , here are the most entertaining tennis player, all of them have something unique that i always wait will be shown in the match :) :

1. Stevan edberg, the serve n volley technique I think one of the best in tennis history, i love it.

2. Boris becker, the serve n his bachand return serve is so magical.

3. Stevie Graf, beside she is the greatest tennis player with 22 grandslam titles, she is beautiful tennis player that's rare in that era , not like today many tennis player look like super model :).

Graf is not the greatest tennis player.

Giggs The Red Devil
05-25-2009, 02:59 PM
Graf is not the greatest tennis player.

One of the greatest players?

thejoe
05-25-2009, 04:12 PM
^He's a blind Seles fan. Don't listen to him.

jaggy
05-25-2009, 05:18 PM
Leconte, Santoro, Bahrami, Krishnan

Sabatini, Goolagong

BTURNER
05-25-2009, 05:40 PM
Leconte, Santoro, Bahrami, Krishnan

Sabatini, Goolagong

Jaggy, Might as well have added Noah too. I said any frenchman holding a racket. Wish there were some clips of krishnan around . I never saw much of him.

tonyg11
05-25-2009, 06:45 PM
Too many people are mentioning play styles. To me, I like a player based on his/her personality. It has nothing to do with their game.

Andre Agassi because he brought a human element to his game. He was up, he was down, and lots of people could relate to that on a personal level.

Verdasco because he shows his emotions on court. I found his Semi with Nadal at the Aus Open far more “dramatic” than the Fed/Nadal wimbledon final. Mostly because of Verdasco and his entourage.

Guys like McEnroe, Safin, Becker… Guys who really emote their disappointment when they make mistakes and play poorly. They’re not afraid to show that they know they’re messing up and they don’t like it regardless of what other people think

Jimmy Connors who tore down the house in 1991. Cool, composed? Forget about it. He was all fire!

To me, players that keep their emotions hidden and just play the game are boring and take the human element out of the sport. I could watch robots hit the ball at 200mph and be just as entertained, what’s the difference? When I watch humans play a sport, I expect them to act human, not like robots.

jimbo333
05-26-2009, 07:24 AM
Too many people are mentioning play styles. To me, I like a player based on his/her personality. It has nothing to do with their game.

Andre Agassi because he brought a human element to his game. He was up, he was down, and lots of people could relate to that on a personal level.

Verdasco because he shows his emotions on court. I found his Semi with Nadal at the Aus Open far more “dramatic” than the Fed/Nadal wimbledon final. Mostly because of Verdasco and his entourage.

Guys like McEnroe, Safin, Becker… Guys who really emote their disappointment when they make mistakes and play poorly. They’re not afraid to show that they know they’re messing up and they don’t like it regardless of what other people think

Jimmy Connors who tore down the house in 1991. Cool, composed? Forget about it. He was all fire!

To me, players that keep their emotions hidden and just play the game are boring and take the human element out of the sport. I could watch robots hit the ball at 200mph and be just as entertained, what’s the difference? When I watch humans play a sport, I expect them to act human, not like robots.

I absolutely agree mate:)

As an example, however a much of a great player Sampras was, it was only towards the end of his career, when he started to show some emotion on the court, that I started to appreciate his play, until then, to many people, he was not entertaining!!!

Well it was entertaining watching his awesome serve and volley and forehand for 3 or 4 games, then it became dull. An amazing sportsman, but not entertaining a lot of the time.

pc1
05-26-2009, 07:35 AM
I throw some names out.

Nastase-For his touch and artistry.

Mecir-Movement, touch, angles and he played shots that I have rarely seen.

McEnroe-For his incredible reflexes at the net, subtle angles and spins and his weird looking serve that was so effective.

Leconte-For his great skills and personality.

Noah-For his athleticism and his emotion on the court. Also because he took the subway to play the Tournament of Champions in Forest Hills.

Borg-Because you couldn't believe a guy can play like this.

Laver-Because he's Laver.

Kuerten-As someone wrote earlier, he just made you smile.

Goolagong-See Kuerten.

Connors-Just for the pure ball striking and fight.

Henin-Because she could do everything.

Nadal-Because of the way he fights for every point, his speed and the way he improves every time you see him.

Ken Rosewall-Because he was so smooth, economical and his backhand was perfect.

Carlo Giovanni Colussi
05-27-2009, 03:40 AM
I throw some names out.
...LeConte-For his great skills and personality...


A little detail : Leconte and not LeConte

PERL
05-27-2009, 05:04 AM
A little detail : Leconte and not LeConte

I saw him yesterday near the Philippe Chatrier court with his tall blonde wife. He looks in form.

Men : Connors, Amritraj, Mecir, Rios, Krishnan, Noah, Srichaphan, Dent, Tsonga.
Women : Goolagong, Mandlikova.

LDVTennis
05-27-2009, 07:18 AM
^He's a blind Seles fan. Don't listen to him.

I think he's just blind...

Andres
05-27-2009, 07:32 AM
Goran, the man. Only guy who'd attempt a between-the-legs-dropshot-on-the-run breakpoint DOWN.

martin
05-27-2009, 07:41 AM
If the rules would change again so players could argue more with the referee without being disqualified it would become more interesting. I loved it when Mcenroe got mad and how Connors reacted at the other end of the net. Emotions should be part of the game. Now they complain about the lack of personalities but what else can you expect. The rules are so strict. Nothing is allowed and they turn players into robots.
Anyone can have their opinion about Mcenroe's behaviour and say it was a disgrace but these same people wanted to see him. Change the rules back and tennis will become much more popular again.

jimbo333
05-27-2009, 09:25 AM
^^^I do absolutely agree mate^^^

kiki
05-14-2011, 08:38 AM
First Tier: Laver,Connors,Mac and Becker

Second Tier: Rosewall,Edberg,Nastase and Sampras

Third Tier:Ashe,Panatta,Orantes and Roche

4 th tier: Rafter, Gerulaitis, Leconte and Mecir

pc1
05-14-2011, 01:05 PM
Clisters, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Sharapova, Federer, the Williams, Newcombe, Vilas

Limpinhitter
05-16-2011, 09:55 PM
Most entertaining tennis player? Ilie Nastase, hands down!

kiki
07-31-2011, 03:32 AM
1970´s: Laver,Rosewall,Connors,Nastase,Panatta,Ashe and Vitas
1980´s: Mac,Edberg,Becker,Cash and Mecir
1990´s: Rafter,Stich,Sampras,Agassi and Korda
2000´s: Safin,Federer ( rest is boring, including Nadal,Hewitt,Djoko)

jaggy
07-31-2011, 01:56 PM
Krishnan, Gene Mayer, Nastase, Bahrami, Santoro, Leconte

juanparty
07-31-2011, 04:01 PM
Dolgo or Rios.

slice bh compliment
07-31-2011, 04:09 PM
What?!

Why no Kafelnikov, Wilander, Rafa, Tracy Austin, Chris Evert or Andrea Jeager?
Where is Chang? Aranxta Sanchez? Mary Joe Fernandez? Thomas Muster? How in the heck did Jim Courier not make this thread?

Kidding.
This is a great thread. All of my favorites:
Goran Ivanisevic, Evonne Goolagong, Maria Bueno, Guga, Mac, Becker, Edberg, Noah, Leconte, Nastase, Federer, Lew Hoad, Rod Laver, Edberg, Sampras, Cashy, Rafter, Mandlikova, Navratilova, BJKing, Stich, Safin, Rios, Arazi...if I may add Ronald Agenor, Manuel Santana and Manolo Orantes.

FedExpress 333
07-31-2011, 05:27 PM
Obviously Bahrami.

pc1
07-31-2011, 07:49 PM
What?!

Why no Kafelnikov, Wilander, Rafa, Tracy Austin, Chris Evert or Andrea Jeager?
Where is Chang? Aranxta Sanchez? Mary Joe Fernandez? Thomas Muster? How in the heck did Jim Courier not make this thread?

Kidding.
This is a great thread. All of my favorites:
Goran Ivanisevic, Evonne Goolagong, Maria Bueno, Guga, Mac, Becker, Edberg, Noah, Leconte, Nastase, Federer, Lew Hoad, Rod Laver, Edberg, Sampras, Cashy, Rafter, Mandlikova, Navratilova, BJKing, Stich, Safin, Rios, Arazi...if I may add Ronald Agenor, Manuel Santana and Manolo Orantes.

Great list!!

slice bh compliment
07-31-2011, 08:08 PM
Thanks, man.
Arthur Ashe played some high-voltage tennis, too. And he was easy to root for.

Time for a secondary list:
I also liked Johan Kriek on a good day, Wojtek Fibak, Chris Lewis, Guillermo Vilas, Gaston Gaudio, Jaime Oncins, Fernando Gonzalez, Shuzo Matsuoka, Nicolas Pereira, Gianluca Pozzi, Charlie Steeb, Slobodan Zivojinovic, Paradorn Srichaphan, Yayuk Basuki, Dally Randriantefy, Nino Louarsabishvili, Martin Damm, Virginia Ruzici, Mima Jausovec, Juan Aguilera, Eric Fromm, Simon Youl, Jason Stoltenberg, Gabriela Sabatini and Cassio Motta.

Adding Tsonga, the new Becker.

Ben Hadd
07-31-2011, 08:36 PM
Always found Chang matches interesting.

slice bh compliment
07-31-2011, 08:45 PM
^Thanks to the other guy who had to play interesting tennis to compete.
I especially loved the times Becker played him.

Love Chang. Much respect.

Limpinhitter
07-31-2011, 08:46 PM
Connors
Noah
Mcenroe
Nastase
Tsonga

Nastase was a one man show notwithstanding his tennis.

SusanDK
08-01-2011, 01:48 AM
Obviously Bahrami.

I've only seen videos of Bahrami playing in recent years, at seniors events or as part of the invitational doubles at GS tournaments.

How did he play when he was actually on tour? Did he play singles and doubles? What kind of results did he have? Did he clown and hit trick shots, or play seriously?

kiki
08-01-2011, 05:49 AM
Great list!!

Fanatstic list, I agree on 95%.

adventure
08-01-2011, 11:50 PM
Jimmy's histrionics are legendary. What a charismatic performer.

Michael Chang's heart and improbable success are now legendary.

Agassi's duck walk and frequent hookups with the superior Sampras, a great contrast in personalities and games, was fun to watch.


Today, Serena's complete dominance is pretty amazing. I doubt she has a natural physique, but hey, that's a topic for another thread.

adidasman
08-02-2011, 11:31 AM
Jimmy Connors who tore down the house in 1991. Cool, composed? Forget about it. He was all fire! Yeah, and he was all gamesmanship, whipping the crowd into a frenzy at the expense of his opponents. Lucky them, they stood waiting as Jimbo posed and preened for the crowd and bought himself lots of extra time between points. Nice.

adidasman
08-02-2011, 11:32 AM
Most entertaining player? In the past 25 years, Tommy Muster gets my vote. Hands down. (Arazi is an excellent choice, though. Pioline, too.)

slice bh compliment
08-02-2011, 03:30 PM
Vitas Gerulaitis.
Petr Korda.

Posture Guy
08-24-2011, 01:08 PM
great lists, great memories.

Gotta share a story from a match I was fortunate enough to attend. This was in Tucson back in the 70s. We were blessed with an ATP event and I was a ballboy, so I got to see any match I wanted. I don't remember if it was the finals or the semis, but the match was Nastase vs Rosewall. I was thrilled, I absolutely loved Nastase's game, the artistry of it, the imagination. And as a teen, I dug his whole 'rebel' vibe.

And can you imagine two personalities more different than Nastase and Rosewall? It was a great setup. So we're in the middle of the match and Ilie is arguing a call, and I'm loving it. Now this isn't a run of the mill protest, he's REALLY ticked off about the call. He's going on and on and on and the umpire is trying to get him to resume play but Nastase is having none of it.

As he continues to *****, Rosewall goes and sits down in his chair with a look of amusement on his face. After another minute of this, Rosewall says something to Nastase (I'm guessing it was along the lines of 'just shut up so we can play, ok?'). Nastase answers back, Rosewall responds and Nastase just looks at him. Without saying a word, Nastase walks over and picks up all of Rosewall's racquets, walks back on the court and throws them over the net and just glares at Rosewall. The crowd goes nuts and we're all wondering how the gentleman is going to respond. Rosewall doesn't even change expression. He just gets up, walks over to Ilie's chair, picks up his racquets and throws them back over the net and onto the court. The crowd REALLY goes nuts. At that point Ilie just starts laughing and shakes Rosewall's hand, ballboys come out and clean everything up and Nastase walks back on the court shaking his head. I don't think he could believe Rosewall did that, and neither could we. It was perfect.

just a great day of tennis. Now that I think about it, I think Rosewall won the match and then lost to John Newcombe in the final. This was when Newcombe was on fire and just dominating. Used to love to watch him play, too. Loved all the Aussies and their attacking style.

halalula1234
08-25-2011, 05:00 AM
Santoro = very clever and fun to watch
Dolgopolov = i love his random shots :)
Hingis = Such a smart player with great shot selections
Seles = amazing angles, consistency and power
Serena = ferocious! and her serve is just effortless power
vennus = when at her best was so explosive, fast and strong
Federer = he is the king duh?
graf = great slice and forehand is the best and she's very smart and patience

pc1
08-25-2011, 06:14 AM
Vitas Gerulaitis.
Petr Korda.

Of course with Vitas, rumors are that he was more entertaining off the court.:)

Limibeans
08-25-2011, 06:13 PM
Brahmi and Santoro are fails. They play those shots just to make the highlight reel and for the TV time because they are novelties. Their actual games arnt that good.

Safin and Johnny Mc are great entertainment because they arnt pretending or showboating LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXRVDnMN3hs

You cant fake that. LOL

It's also classic how he calls the ump by the wrong name and then he goes off about the tournament directors, "with cigars, also with two chicks." then doing a self censoring of his own F word.

Gotta love the guy.

gavna
08-28-2011, 09:04 AM
Brahmi and Santoro are fails. They play those shots just to make the highlight reel and for the TV time because they are novelties. Their actual games arnt that good.

You are clueless. Santoro came on the scene with a game about 10 years too late but still managed to survive the tour for over 20 years. And it sure wasn't as a novelty act as 2 grand slam doubles titles and a very solid singles and doubles career. As for Mansour considering his background he also had a solid doubles career. I saw him play in the mid 70s at club events in France and he kicked but. Yes he has found major success now as a senior player and touring with Noah and Leconte but I within the tennis community of players and tournament directors Bahrami is widely respected and gets his props.

Safin was talent wasted.

Posture Guy
08-28-2011, 09:09 AM
yeah, Safin could've been SO good. Not sure what stood in his way, but I suspect it was between his ears.

gavna
08-28-2011, 09:23 AM
Yeah guys like Leconte, Safin, Rios and Nastase (yes) have HUGE amazing talent - but mush between the ears. Nastase was soooo much fun to watch but after 77 / 78 he became a joke and a parody of himself.

What was/is so positive are guys like Leconte, Santoro and Bahrami who are happy to be on court and playing (Nole and La Monf today seem to have same attitude). You see guys like Rios, McEnroe and Safin on court who look and acted like someone pi**ed in their beers and stole their girlfriends.

Devilito
08-28-2011, 09:30 AM
Korda and Pioline were two i would always try to catch back in the 90s

TENNISism
08-28-2011, 10:02 AM
Steffi Graf- da forehand, the athletic ability, the beautiful service motion, those wonderful little steps and footwork adjustments, the focus and concentration on each point.

Navratilova- incredible athletic ability, that amazing coverage and shotmaking at the net, and even sometimes from the ground when hitting passing shots especialy. Her emotions on the court.

Nadal- plays every point with a passion and a determination you cant teach. Wants to get every ball, wants to give his all on every shot. So much personality and passion. Just great.

Sampras- Every shot so smooth and effortless yet with such power and athleticsm behind it at the same time. That amazing leap smash he did, that forehand on the run. Incredible.

Seles- the single minded focus and determination. The way she flung herself into every shot. The accuracy and penetration behind almost every groundstroke, the uncanny accuracy and angles. The way she was looking to pounce on every 2nd serve. The never say die attitude at her best.
good post,

borg number one
08-28-2011, 10:07 AM
I think that I would go with Sampras because his game was so entertaining for me personally to watch. All cattle, no hat (to turn a Texas phrase around some lol). Yet, I have to highlight Jimbo some. That guy was such a showman and all heart, with boatloads of talent and skill too (quickness, footwork, eye hand coordination, underrated speed..).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91BfYcTRVng

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ww7KM2qFR4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkuEu_axZIw (some footage of Connors and Borg indoors at the Masters in Jan. 1981)

http://store.martenssportsmemorabilia.com/content/188040/Web_1/Jimmy_Connors_autograph_Sports_Illustrated_Tennis. jpg

gavna
08-28-2011, 11:10 AM
Yep Jimbo was always fun - laid it out every time.

Ummm what? did you steal the SI from your High School Library? And a signed one at that! Are you one of those that the Houston Chronicle had the story about this week with not returning all the stolen and overdo books and magazines owing our fair city millions of $$$$$! I'm telling!

borg number one
08-28-2011, 07:52 PM
Yep Jimbo was always fun - laid it out every time.

Ummm what? did you steal the SI from your High School Library? And a signed one at that! Are you one of those that the Houston Chronicle had the story about this week with not returning all the stolen and overdo books and magazines owing our fair city millions of $$$$$! I'm telling!

Lol, hey there gavna, you fellow Houstonian. I WISH I had that issue. It's a nice image off Google. I like the picture and his autograph was the clincher for me. Me? No, I'd never do that. You have to respect your libraries. I don't even step on books/magazines.

mightyrick
08-29-2011, 03:09 PM
Most entertaining -- Fabrice Santoro -- and nobody else comes close.

Otherwise, I loved watching Pat Rafter. Becker was also great to watch. Lots of court emotion and passion.

faultfoot
08-29-2011, 07:37 PM
David Wheaton gets my vote.




No, just kidding. But another American does: Andre Agassi.

Great from both wings, attacked serves, and wowed the crowds with his shotmaking.