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montx
05-03-2005, 05:03 PM
I understand there is a female player, I think Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi. I don't know why it is, but that name seems to have stuck in the back of my head. Is it coincidence that his her name? Or did she change her name to demonstrate her passion for tennis? Kindly comment if you know, thanks.

Kaptain Karl
05-03-2005, 05:42 PM
I always had a fancy for Schlomo Glickstein's name. One TV match, the commentator actually said something like "Let's see a slo-mo of Schlomo..." It cracked me up!

- KK

supersmash
05-03-2005, 05:48 PM
Roger Federer...ererererer.

tandayu
05-03-2005, 05:53 PM
Christiano Carati

Slobodan Zivojinovic

Carling Basset

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Grinder
05-03-2005, 05:56 PM
Fabrice Santoro, just say it with a high voice "Fabreeeeeeeeeece". haha

scoot
05-03-2005, 06:25 PM
Olga Barabanschikova
Shi-Ting Wang
Gabriela Navratilova
Yayuk Basuki

TigerTennis
05-03-2005, 06:38 PM
I understand there is a female player, I think Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi. I don't know why it is, but that name seems to have stuck in the back of my head. Is it coincidence that his her name? Or did she change her name to demonstrate her passion for tennis? Kindly comment if you know, thanks.

I could be wrong, but I think she changed her name and now it is just Anna Smashnova. I dont know if you still fancy it, but I think it has changed.

Down_the_line
05-03-2005, 06:43 PM
Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Guillermo Canas

mistapooh
05-03-2005, 07:13 PM
"rod-dick"

Craig Sheppard
05-03-2005, 07:46 PM
Ok, ok, ok it's not a tennis name but my favorite sports name ever is the great Uzbekistani cyclist........

Djamoldine Abdujaparov

He won the green jersey in the Tour de France year after year...just go so used to the name now it's stuck in my head forever!

Back to tennis.... for men I dig Sjeng Schalken's name... and on the women's side who can forget the tongue-twisting Lina Krasnoroutskaya. You couldn't spell that name with a box of alpha bits.

VamosRafa
05-03-2005, 08:18 PM
Younes El Aynaoui (aka Vowel Man)


BTW, one thing during his match today, the commentators were talking about the fact that Federer has the same foot injury that kept Younes out for most of last year. They also said that Fed could have a very mild case, but it's something that can be serious in certain instances.

Misiti99
05-03-2005, 08:31 PM
Younes El Aynoui
yevgeny kafelnikov
Rita ******
Mario Ancic
Arantxa sanchez vicario
Gabriella sabatini
Guga Kuerten
monica seles
ANDRE AGASSI

edberg505
05-03-2005, 08:57 PM
Dally Randriantefy

verdasco67
05-03-2005, 09:27 PM
"rod-dick"

yup one of my favs too =P

MusterFan
05-03-2005, 11:54 PM
current: Jose Acasuso
blast from the past: Jaime Yzaga

ShooterMcMarco
05-04-2005, 12:03 AM
Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong, Gustavo Kuerten, Fabrice Santoro

Deuce
05-04-2005, 12:53 AM
Mel Purcell

Christo Van Rensberg

Vitas Gerulaitis

Richey Reneberg

Cecil Mamiit

montx
05-04-2005, 02:35 AM
All of you got some nice points to share...only I wanted to know if that is her real name or if it was changed to smashnova...

tennisnj
05-04-2005, 03:48 AM
I'll second the name Slobodan Zivojinovic.

How about Melien Tu? When she was in the juniors if I recall, one of her main rivals last name was simply "O"? O & Tu?

montx
05-04-2005, 03:51 AM
I knew a guy once with the last name suberalien or something like that...people called him superalien.

andre'smom
05-04-2005, 05:53 AM
This is weird name...."Potito" Starace
You people know what that means in spanish? you got it!!!!!! ( baby's maximus gluteos )
POTO= A S S
POTITO=LITTLE A S S
I hope this guy changes his name...or pick a nick name for himself.
Excuse me...but, I don't how to explain this in a better way. :( :confused: :mrgreen:

gully
05-04-2005, 06:57 AM
A third for Slobodan, and eight-syllable name if I ever heard one!

But don't forget:

Peanut Louie!

(Who played doubles with sister Marcie, thus rendering the comic doubles line Louie-Louie.)

I also like:

the Fed -- but only using Cliffy's pronunciation, "Rajah Federah"

Jose Acasuso -- sounds like a hotheaded pronouncement of guilt or accusation

Canas -- loud enough, sounds like a Spanish swear word

Many French names are great fun to pronounce with a Pepe-Le-Pew-meets-Inspector-Clouseau-loaded-on-Bordeaux-style exaggeration:

Sebastien Grosjean
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Gael Monfils
and
Julie Halard-Decujis (sp?)

slice bh compliment
05-04-2005, 07:11 AM
Man, what a list from you guys. This thread highlights the vast, international nature of our sport...and it brings out the Beavis (or at least the Larry/Curly/Moe) in all of us.
Just as many cool names as soccer, I think.

Well, here are some names that I always liked for various reasons.

Ilie Nastase. Jakob Hlasek.

A girl named Nino...Nino Louarsabishvili. L., Nino.
I probably didn't even spell her last name correctly, but she used that cool red Volkl that Korda used back in the early/mid nineties, the TC-25, I think.

Anyone remember Adriano Panatta, Antonio Zugarelli and Corrado Barrazzuti?

Americans; Rosie Casals, Marita Redondo, Ben Testerman, Derrick Rostagno and Victor Amaya.
South Americans; Nicolas Pereira, Cassio Motta, Carlos Kirmayr, Victor Pecci and Victor Chapacu.

Occupying alliteration alley: Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Raul Ramirez, Cristiano Caratti.....etc. There coulda been a Chrissie Connors.
Joshua Rafter -- kind of an Old Testament / U2 / loft architecture ring to it.

Cool big-serving names, Chip Hooper (say it fast) and Eric Korita.

Zenzo Shimizu, from the Tilden era. Shuzo Matsuoka.

Fred Perry. Rene Lacoste.

Alex Metreveli. Pavel Hutka, the Godfather of both handedness on both sides. Pavel Slozil. Balasz Taroczy. Heinz Gunthardt.

Vitas' sister Ruta Gerulaitis.

Baron Gottfried von Cramm.
Brian Gottfried.

Don Budge. Budge Patty. Bunny Austin, the first man to wear shorts at Wimbledon. I always liked Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet.

Franz Beckenbauer....Pele. Guga.

Recent US college players, John Paul Fruttero and Genius Chidzikwe (his father's name is Clever.) Seriously.

Something you'd say if the guy who makes your clothes gave you some advice, "Roger Taylor", the British player from the seventies.

Too bad Frew McMillan never played dubs w/ Lew Hoad.
There's a band called Rod Laver.

Beautifully named francophones; Francoise Durr, Ronald Agenor, Tarik Benhabiles, Thierry Champion, Thierry Tulasne, Henri Leconte, Yannick Noah, Guy Forget, who never really got his due for that Billy Crystal vehicle, Forget Paris.

I'll end my list with a quote from Jon Wertheim, "...the all-profanity doubles team of Cyril Suk and Martin Damm."

Shaolin
05-04-2005, 07:13 AM
Ville Liukko

Jaime Fillol

gugafanatic
05-04-2005, 07:16 AM
cool names:

jcf

R.NADAL

Gilles Muller

Feņa14
05-04-2005, 11:29 AM
I also like Potito Starace.

Starace is just a very nice word with a very topical last 3 letters, and Potito sounds like an Irish man saying potato:)

ATXtennisaddict
05-04-2005, 11:47 AM
I thought Smashnova-Pistolesi was pretty damned cool too.

Datacipher
05-04-2005, 12:48 PM
Alex Lopez Moron

I just like seeing his name on the scoreboard A. Moron

Noelle
05-04-2005, 05:08 PM
Actually I mis-translated Potito Starace's name on purpose. I told my sister his name was Potato Starch. :D

My favorite tennis names are Olivier Rochus and Takao Suzuki.

splink779
05-04-2005, 05:23 PM
Smashnova is very cool. I feel like it should be shouted in a thick russian accent after she wins points. It would also be an intimidating name if she wasn't 5'2"

Docalex007
05-04-2005, 05:30 PM
Rafael N. (reminds me of my teenage mutant ninja turtle days)

N. Kiefer (pretty cool)

Haas

Mr. Federer (great last name, just sounds way cool)

Deuce
05-04-2005, 10:52 PM
McNamara/McNamee...

You know there had to be a few Aussie songs written about them...

sandiegotennisboy
05-05-2005, 02:33 AM
(These are just current players)
I dunno if they're my favorite names but i think these are funky ones:
Tamarine Tanasugarn
Karolina Sprem----"remember the wimby "sprem" count"
Flavia Pennetta-----why would anyone name a daughter "Flavia". It just sounds bad.
Na Li----for the shortest, hehe
Vera ******vina---at least we know she's clean

(Guys)
Wawrinka, Stanislas----oooh k
Lee, Hyung-Taik ----- sounds like a karate chop would follow, heee-ya!
Saulnier, Cyril
Tipsarevic, Janko
Srichaphan, Paradorn
Stepanek, Radek---hehe just fun to say

Noelle
05-05-2005, 05:19 PM
I also like saying Dinara Safina.

gugafanatic
05-05-2005, 05:28 PM
This one is the best by far: Ramon-Ramirez Hidalgo. I saw him play Henman at Wimby last yr.

lacoster
05-05-2005, 08:16 PM
Andrea Jaeger (meister).
________
Toploader Transmission (http://www.ford-wiki.com/wiki/Toploader_Transmission)

montx
05-05-2005, 09:06 PM
Indeed A Collection Of Comments Above My Head!!! But Yes Indeed Sometimes, There Are Just Cool Names With Personality Across The Board.

Steve Huff
05-05-2005, 09:15 PM
I've always like Henry LeConte. I can just picture Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther describing the thief.."Awn RAY Lay Conte"

Also like the short names: Hu Na and Na Li. If they played doubles together, they could put both of the 1st and last names on the scoreboard, in the singles name slot, and it would still be shorter than most of the Russian and European last names.

Max G.
05-05-2005, 09:29 PM
Goran Ivanisevic!
Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Sebastien Grosjean.

RiosTheGenius
08-02-2005, 10:10 PM
Potito Starace..... (in chilean lingo Potito means "little a ss".)

Matthew
08-02-2005, 10:41 PM
If you have ever heard Wayne Bryan introduce someone on court then pretty much EVERY name sounds cool.

efice32
08-02-2005, 11:42 PM
Matan S h i trit from Israel (no spaces). Look it up on the ATP if you don't believe me!

Lee
08-03-2005, 03:26 PM
Alex Lopez Moron

I just like seeing his name on the scoreboard A. Moron


HAHAHAHHAHHA o man.... sucks for Mr. Moron...



[Men]
I like the name Mark Phillipousis... sounds like he gets a lot of poussies


[Women]
Anna Kournikova. How could this name not yet be mentioned?!?!?! I also like Brooke Burke, O man... that's a bootylicious name right there.

a-rod24
08-03-2005, 03:37 PM
Paradorn Srichaphan

newnuse
08-03-2005, 03:43 PM
First name that came to mind was Anna Smashnova. How can you beat that for a tennis player?

AngeloDS
08-03-2005, 04:53 PM
Paradorn Srichipan... sounds so cool!

wwkchan1
08-03-2005, 05:22 PM
Bohdan Ulirach! (OOOH-lee-rock)

Dilettante
08-03-2005, 05:50 PM
This is weird name...."Potito" Starace
You people know what that means in spanish? you got it!!!!!! ( baby's maximus gluteos )
POTO= A S S
POTITO=LITTLE A S S
I hope this guy changes his name...or pick a nick name for himself.
Excuse me...but, I don't how to explain this in a better way. :( :confused: :mrgreen:

In chilean language, according to RiosTheGenius. You are from Chile too? I've never heard of "poto = ***" before. Not in Spain.

In Spain, "potito" means nothing like that. A "potito" in Spain's Spanish is a baby's food pot (from "pote", pot).

.............

And, my favourite tennis names:

Andre Agassi

Juan Carlos Ferrero (perfect metre in Spanish speech)

Igor Andreev, Nikolai Davydenko.. Russian names sound good.

Venus Williams ("Venus" is a great name, "Serena" is ok too)

Bjorn Borg, sounds like "tennis" to me.

Rafael Nadal, the short form: "Rafa" Nadal, sounds very well in Spanish

d70
08-03-2005, 06:06 PM
Sa cha phannnnnnnnnnnnnn

Srichaphan

slice bh compliment
08-03-2005, 08:01 PM
Sure, his full name is Alexander, or Aleksandr....but i'd like to nominate
Sasha Bogomolov.

Leander Paes. Cool, whether you pronounce it like in Spanish (Pa-Ezs) or in Vegas-speak (pays).

Claudio Panatta.
Ilie Nastase and his nephew Minhea Nastase.
Joao Cunha-Silva.
Jaime Oncins.
Guga Kuerten!

Svedish division:
Mikael Pernfors.
Jonas B. Svensson.
Stefan and Hans Simonsson.
Joakim Nystrom. Anders Jarryd.
And of course, Bjorn Rune Borg.

Dubs division:
Trevor Kronemann. I don't know if I spelled that right, but it's a cool name. Almost as cool as Shelby Cannon (who just happened to have a good serve).
Rob Seguso.

Israeli division:
Famous Amos Mansdorf. Raviv Weidenfeld. Shlomo Glickstein.

Simon Youl. Mark Kratzmann. Chuck McKinley. Arthur Ashe.
Ashley Cooper.

Ladies and gentlemen, [drumroll] the all-time coolest name in tennis:
Vic Seixas.

Mikael
08-03-2005, 08:45 PM
I always thought Bogomolov Jr sounded sort of funny...

armand
08-03-2005, 09:00 PM
I cannot believe not one person has mentioned Krajicek.

Yours!05
08-03-2005, 09:19 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, [drumroll] the all-time coolest name in tennis:
Vic Seixas.Slice, you are so admirably exhaustive. Wondering why you didn't include how to pronounce it. Long time ago now;)

slice bh compliment
08-04-2005, 05:33 AM
Exhaustive or exhaustING? Well, you got me again, Yours!

Re Seixas:
Your memory - spacious.
You Aussies....your sense of humor - gracious.

All the best,
--Slice BH

MLoutch
08-04-2005, 06:23 AM
I understand there is a female player, I think Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi. I don't know why it is, but that name seems to have stuck in the back of my head. Is it coincidence that his her name? Or did she change her name to demonstrate her passion for tennis? Kindly comment if you know, thanks.


it's her real name - Pistolesi is her married (husband is ex player Claudio from Italy) - but it may have been tweeked a bit to get the SMASH part.

the Smashnova part is written phonetic - as the russian (cyrillic) alphabet is so different in sound and structure when translated you get the SMASH part. in Russian her name would be pronounced more like SMUSHNOVA -

Tchocky
08-04-2005, 06:25 AM
What about "Jose" Feliciano Lopez?

Turning Pro
08-04-2005, 06:32 AM
Guillermo Coria
Lleyton hewitt
Ivan Lendl
Jimmy Connors

Guillote
08-04-2005, 06:36 AM
It seems that english speakers think many spanish names sound funny

I read above:
Guillermo Caņas -> It's not CANAS, it's with the letter Ņ, CAŅAS.
Gabriela Sabatini
Jose Acasuso
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Rafael N. (I also think about the TMNT, transformed because of mistery drugs)

All those names sound perfectly clear (and normal) in spanish

And BTW, here in Argentina "potito" does not mean anything :mrgreen:

FiveO
08-04-2005, 07:46 AM
1) Margaret Smith-Court: So appropriate. So...............tennis-ish.

2) Evonne Goolagong: Just amusing/whimsical, like "thingamajig".

3) Ivan Lendl: combined with his court demeanor always congers up thoughts of Dolph Lundgren's, "Ivan Drago" in Rocky IV.

4) Martina Navratilova: During Martina's televised matches, I always enjoyed listening to a given commentator butcher the pronunciation of her last name. I remember one commentator moving the accent to every syllable but the last, in one match!

5) Vitas Gerulaitis:

a) While always one of my favorite players, I became convinced his name was Latin for: "Great Speed/Anemic serve".

and

b) Like many other Lithuanian names (Butkus, Unitas, Sir Lawrence Harvey...OK maybe not Sir Lawrence Harvey) doesn't it sound like the Latin description of a serious medical malady involving severe inflammation of....................something?

Nuke
08-04-2005, 10:52 AM
Not tennis, but my all-time favorite sport name (if you can call it a sport) is NASCAR driver Dick Trickle. Must have been fun having that name in school.

Babblelot
08-04-2005, 10:57 AM
Eleni Daniilidou

I always like the named Roscoe Tanner
Vitas Gerulaitis
Mark Philippoussis (...seems to be a trend developing)
Francesca Schiavone
Potito Starace (...wow, this one's a mb favorite)
Fabiola Zuluaga
Xavier Malisse
Gaston Gaudio
Magnus Larsson
Gustavo Kuerten

Goran Ivanisevic and Bjorn Borg (...Doh! Thanks for the assist. ;) )

Rafa's boy
08-04-2005, 11:49 AM
Rafael Nadal - my namesake, and his last name is pretty common where I'm from, and this name always has to be associated at least a little bit with ninja turtles

I also like all the young up-and-comers' names from those foreign countries. It's hilarious when you see the commentators try to pronounce them...

Yours!05
08-04-2005, 01:12 PM
Exhaustive or exhaustING? Well, you got me again, Yours!

Re Seixas:
Your memory - spacious.
You Aussies....your sense of humor - gracious.

All the best,
--Slice BHSlice, a delight.:D

Yours!05
08-04-2005, 01:18 PM
It seems that english speakers think many spanish names sound funny

I read above:
Guillermo Caņas -> It's not CANAS, it's with the letter Ņ, CAŅAS.
Gabriela Sabatini
Jose Acasuso
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Rafael N. (I also think about the TMNT, transformed because of mistery drugs)

All those names sound perfectly clear (and normal) in spanishFor this English-speaker they sound graceful and flowing...:)

killer
08-04-2005, 01:22 PM
i think this should include some of the more colourful nicknames over the years...
Steffi "fraulein forehand" Graf
Slobodan "Bobo" Zivojinovic- one of my personal faves...
Boris "Boom Boom" Becker - when he first came on the scene it was so appropos
Juan Carlos Ferrero "JCF" - nice and succint!

Actually tennis-x website makes up some rather funny ones for most players mentioned on the site as well...

gonzalocatalino
08-04-2005, 04:48 PM
"Paradorn Srichapan"

Morpheus
08-04-2005, 05:16 PM
Ruta Gerulaitis--sounds like a disease as in "Darn, I've got Ruta Gerulaitis on my big toe again. Good thing I didn't get the more virilent form of Vitas Gerulaitis."

bebots
06-28-2006, 08:42 AM
Sybille Bammer

Andres
06-28-2006, 08:52 AM
This is weird name...."Potito" Starace
You people know what that means in spanish? you got it!!!!!! ( baby's maximus gluteos )
POTO= A S S
POTITO=LITTLE A S S
I hope this guy changes his name...or pick a nick name for himself.
Excuse me...but, I don't how to explain this in a better way. :( :confused:
Poto means A S S in spanish?
How weird, never heard that one :?

diegaa
06-28-2006, 09:06 AM
IN spain spanish "poto" means pothos...
potito: little pothos. so he is a little plant...
:mrgreen:

str33t
06-28-2006, 09:22 AM
juan carlos ferrero sounds smooth

Dedans Penthouse
06-28-2006, 10:12 AM
Ruxandra Dragomir (Romania)

emcee
06-28-2006, 10:32 AM
I still like Sabatini's name best after reading all this. Also Bjorn Borg is a cool name.

unjugon
06-28-2006, 10:44 AM
I like Michael Stich (Stijjj, as in German) and Arnaud Boetsch.

But my favourite is Jan Siemerink...has a nice ring to it.

Marat Safinator
07-24-2006, 02:48 PM
safin, agassi, canas, puerta, sampras. for this second anyway.

slice bh compliment
07-24-2006, 02:55 PM
Ruxandra Dragomir (Romania)

Raluca Sandu.

SER
07-24-2006, 06:13 PM
Vera Dushevina

flymeng
07-24-2006, 06:30 PM
Did you realize that Jaime Yzaga's last name when spelled reverse is Agazy? Synonymous to Andre Agassi/Agazy.

The Grand Slam
07-24-2006, 07:05 PM
Andy Ram. Ekaterina Bychkova.

D-Bomb
07-24-2006, 08:21 PM
no one yet has mentioned Jarkko Nieminen. Vic Seixas is up there as well.

Nadal-inator
07-24-2006, 08:31 PM
A name that is interesting to me is Jelena Jankovic...also Gael Monfils haha

Mick
07-24-2006, 09:28 PM
Boris Becker

punch
07-24-2006, 09:41 PM
Gustavo Kuerten, so smooth.

bcaz
07-24-2006, 10:15 PM
Bettina Bunge
Ilie Nastase
Budge Patty
Butch Bucholtz
Cedric Pioline

helloworld
07-24-2006, 11:09 PM
rod-'dick'...

jukka1970
07-24-2006, 11:58 PM
For the men

Sebastian Grosjean
Sjeng Schalken
Mark Philippoussis
Jarkko Nieminen

For the women
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Jana Novotna
Ai Sugyiama
Dinara Safina